Thursday, September 6, 2018

#2: Arrive Tel Aviv / Transfer to Herzlia

I enjoyed a hearty breakfast after one little glitch while waiting for my eggs to be prepared!  I stood in line with one person ahead of me, to order my eggs. The chef took the order of the lady in front of me, then asked the man who’d walked up after me. I waited. Then, another man approached and the chef took his order too.  Hmmm, I audibly cleared my throat and the chef indicated that the line was to my right. So, I moved to my right and he took the order of another gentleman. Then, finally, he casually turned to me and asked how I’d like my eggs. If there’s a man and a woman in line the man is served first!  When in Rome!!!

After our break-fast we boarded a very luxurious bus for the 20-minute drive through the city along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Carmel, the location of the traditional cave of Elijah the Prophet of the Old Testament. Mind you, I don’t have that book of the Bible memorized, or even read, to be perfectly honest!  What’s the saying?  “So many books, so little time!?”  Mount Carmel, the name comes from Arabic ‘karam,’ meaning ‘vineyard of God.’

There’s a church built in the 17th century at the Carmelite Monastery, a simple but lovely church. The Carmelites were founded there during the time of the Crusades ( sometime between the 11th and 13th centuries). Yikes, that’s old!  Our leader, Father Christopher Bennett, took us into a private chapel where he said our first Pilgrimage Mass - pretty moving.

There is just an overwhelming amount of history all around us here in Israel. People of many religions come here to visit the Holy Land. Jewish people will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning “beginning of the year,” beginning at sundown on e we’re told. Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport was loaded with many Jewish pilgrims arriving in various religious costumes for the observance.

Near the Carmelite Monastery and Church on Mount Carmel is located the Baha'i’ Terrace Gardens, in honor of the Baha’i’ Faith, a religion that professes the worth of all religions and the unity and equality of all people. It was initially practiced in Iran and nearby Middle East. It’s followers have been persecuted since it’s inception. The gardens were started by an Iranian in 1987 and they were opened to the public in 2001. They’re one of the most visited sites in Israel are.

[I’ve made a new friend today. Lyn is a google employee; tomorrrow I’m going to ask her how to attach photos from my iPhone to my blog on my iPhone here]

We checked in to our new hotel, Pilgerhaus, in Tiberias this afternoon and had a lovely dinner this evening and have retired early to try to catch up on lost sleep.

More, much more tomorrow!


  1. Yes please do attach pictures. I think you just copy and paste photos to blogs. I'd love to see the most visited sites in photos.

  2. Great reporting. I like a daily travel blog!