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From Galilee to Jerusalem

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Today we moved from Galilee to Jerusalem.  But along the way we made a few stops.  First at Montfort Fortress - an old crusader castle.  It was a pretty amazing hike up and down... and then down and back up again.  But the view from the top and the breeze that was blowing through the ruins... AMAZING!  

 Montfort Fortress - our view from where we BEGAN our journey... 

Montfort Fortress - our view from where we BEGAN our journey... 

 From the top!! 

From the top!! 

Then we headed down the coast toward Caesarea, stopping to put our feet in the Mediterranean and look at an aqueduct that was used to move fresh water some 60 miles down the cost from the mountains to the amazingly posh first century city of Caesarea.  

 Miles of aqueduct remains on the coast

Miles of aqueduct remains on the coast

 Tony, Tripp, Frank - and the rest of the group enjoying a 15 min. play time on the Mediterranean Sea!! 

Tony, Tripp, Frank - and the rest of the group enjoying a 15 min. play time on the Mediterranean Sea!! 

Then our last stop before moving onto Israel was the city of Caesarea, itself.  Herod the Great built his castle here, Pontius Pilate lived here, Peter came to Cornelius (in Acts 10) here, it's also where Paul stands trial before another Roman Governor, Felix (Acts 23-24).  You can tell it was majestic and full of every 1st century amenity life could offer.  

 Here's what's left of Herod's palace on the sea in Caesarea... beautiful view!

Here's what's left of Herod's palace on the sea in Caesarea... beautiful view!

 The palace extended down onto the sea.  Pretty sweet set up!  

The palace extended down onto the sea.  Pretty sweet set up!  

 Before you reach the palace, off to the left is this theater... it's been renovated and is still used as a concert venue! 

Before you reach the palace, off to the left is this theater... it's been renovated and is still used as a concert venue! 

 Just before the palace, to the right, is this arena where chariots could race and other sport could be had.  

Just before the palace, to the right, is this arena where chariots could race and other sport could be had.  

Finally, we made it into Jerusalem just as final preparations for keeping the Sabbath were being made.  We had a great dinner and group conversation.  Now it's time for rest.  Tomorrow is a new day!  

Shabbot Shalom!