New discoveries in Israel

At the end of 2014 / beginning of 2015 I visited Israel for the third time and both discovered new places with the help of my friends and re-discovered known places on my own. Please enjoy the pictures and the stories they tell.

 

Pics from Allone Yizaq Nature Reserve near Binyamina. It’s a 31-acre nature reserve which is rich in various flowers expecially in summer.

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My friend Michael enabled me to finally visit the Bahá’í gardens with the shrine where the remains of founder of the forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh in the Bahá’í Faith have been buried. I got to know the Bahá’í Faith in India when I visited the Lotus Temple, and I later also visited the Houses of Worship in Uganda and Germany. (Funnily there is also one in Panamá but the time I was there I didn’t know about it.)

The Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic religion originating in 19th-century Persia which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Its founder and its adherents have been heavily persecuted. You cannot be born as a Bahá’í but anyone can become one.

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Apart from enjoying the beautiful garden of my friends and meeting their cat again, I also went to Jerusalem to enjoy the old city again which I always love to visit. I found out that by now, the tram which was still being built the last time I visited is now finished and operating. And of course I came across temptations such as halvah. ;)

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Last, but not least, Michael took me to Rosh Hanikra, a white chalk cliff face which opens up into spectacular grottos near the Lebanese border. This time there was a storm so it was even more spectacular. ;)

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Todah rabah to Michael for taking me to these and other wonderful places!!! It was lovely to meet your family again!!

Thanks also to Lena for having me (shortly ;)) and to Gil-Ad for driving me to the airport! It was wonderful to meet little Aviv! And as every time, I have at least made the resolution not to get lost in Tel Aviv *next* time! :)

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