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Welcome, to our site! After living for some time in Israel and then in the UK we've now moved to Germany. We'd like to share our experiences with you. We hope you have as much fun reading as we have writing.

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hot cider, neanderthals and sarcophagi

Wednesday’s Haifa day again. In the area between Tel Aviv and Haifa there are several nice sites to visit, of which we pick a few. We start with Zichron Ya’akov. This little town has a very nice center with some shops and a lot of coffee bars. We walk around a bit and take a seat for coffee and a little snack. Instead of a cup of tea I take a ‘hot cider’, that’s warm apple juice with cinnamon and small pieces of apple, perfectly sweet!! :mrgreen:

We drive another half hour to the Carmel Caves. These caves were formed milions of years ago as an under water reef. They came up together with the Carmel ridge. after the water dried up, prehistoric man lived in this save spot for about 150.000 years. Research at the beginning of the last century brought a lot of fossils and prehistoric tools to light. Very important was the find of the skeleton of a Neanderthal woman. We make the short tour past the caves, the largest of which is accesible for the public.

Because we still have plenty of time before we have to go to Haifa we decide to go to Beit She’arim as well. We walk past the tombs and enter the biggest one to check out the sarcophagi (see also the post of october 18th). Because everything is closed in the park (it is winter here :roll: )we drive to a shopping mall where we take our time for a drink and a late lunch. By the time we walk back to the car it’s dark already!

After picking up Emanuel in Haifa we have diner in the part of Haifa that’s known as the ‘German Colony’. It’s actually the only part of Haifa that has some of the atmosphere of an old city center. Unfortunately it exists of only 1 street. But it’s a very beautiful street, with at the top the start of the Bahai Gardens. The gardens are beautifully lighted, with in the center the Bahai Temple.

Thursday is another day of rest. And of packing our bags for our weekend in Eilat! We’ve booked 3 nights there, so we can have a look at Eilat itself, but also at Petra (in Jordan)…more about that in the next post!

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