Mar 11

Sea of Galilee (Destination: Tiberias)

After our 5 day car trip, we made it to the Sea of Galilee.  Before dropping our car, we made a stop at the Church of Beatitudes.

In Tiberias, we walked around town and saw some of the sites.

This town really started to shut down for Shabbat but the hostel had lots of fun planned for the night.  We paid a few dollars and rode in the hostel van to a local’s jam session on the Jordan River.

We returned to the hostel where we had dinner of St. Peter’s fish.

The next day, four of us got a ride one way to the northern shore of the lake to visit the string of churches.  First stop was the Greek Orthodox church:

The next stop was Capharnam, the town of Jesus.  The ruins were home to another modern church.

We continued to walk towards Tiberias and found the hidden waterfall on the banks of the Sea.

Our last stop was the Church of the Fishes and Loaves.

I really wanted to go on a boat ride on the Sea.  There were a number of Jesus ships sailing by but we couldn’t figure out where to go to book a ticket, so we went to the other boat in town – the Lido boats.  Every 15 minutes one of these big boats leaves the dock full of Muslims that come into Tiberias on buses.  We had one hour of pumping techno and Arabic music and dancing.  It was a blast!

After a quick bite to eat, we went back to the shores.  This sculpture measures the level of the Sea, which is way below sea limit but not as far as the Dead Sea.

The next day we caught a bus to Nazareth.  THE Nazareth… based on research there wasn’t a lot to see there other than a couple churches so we skipped a city visit and caught the bus to Jordan instead.

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