The accommodation at the College was comfortable--you might call it "dorm room plus". The "plus" part was having an en suite room. We also had a nice view overlooking the courtyard and Cathedral tower.
|Our room at St George's College--"home away from home"|
--swimming in the Sea of Galilee when we went up north and stayed two nights at Pilgerhaus, a very nice German-run guest house on the shore of this Biblical lake, which is 700 feet below sea level. The water temperature was not too warm or cold, just totally refreshing after long days on the bus visiting sites. I didn't want to get out of the water.
|The refreshing Sea of Galilee, at Pilgerhaus looking east|
--seeing and touching the rock of Calvary where Jesus was crucified. The Church of the Resurrection (a/k/a Holy Sepulchre) was built over this rocky outcrop which was in Jesus's time just outside the city walls. The Church itself is remarkable--a dark and deeply historic place, with the original structure dating to the time of Constantine and his mother Helena in the fourth century.
|Calvary shrine at Church of the Resurrection--Jesus's tomb is nearby|
--renewing our baptismal vows in the headwaters of the Jordan River near Mt Hermon in the far north of the country, just a few miles from the Lebanon and Syrian border.
|Jordan River headwaters (Hermon Stream) at Caesarea Philippi|
|A haunting sight from Yad Vashem|
|Jerusalem at the time of Jesus including Second Temple and Herod's Temple Mount (Israel Museum)|
|Haifa, from viewpoint near Carmelite monastery and Elijah's cave--unfortunately not enough time to ride "world's smallest subway", an underground funicular up Mt Carmel from downtown|
|Oh, there was also time for some "retail therapy" in the Old City. We can recommend a good jeweler near where this photo was taken on David St--they've only been in business here for 383 years!|