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.
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.
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. ;)
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. ;)
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! :)