Friday, August 22, 2008

Israel:The Blog -- Day Five

We started at the limestone caves at Rosh Hanikra on the Lebanese Border. Here we took a small cable car down the side of the cliffs to get to the caves, which were made amazingly colorful with mosses of all different kind, and beautiful blue water washing through. Watching the kayakers paddle through the rough waters made me miss my little kayak in the mountains.

Next it was on to the crusader city of Acco, which was also fascinating. The excavation and restoration work has really paid off here, as the entire city really does come alive as you walk through it. This is helped by the fact that there is a bustling old city around it, narrow walkways filled with shops and fish markets, as well as an active fishing port. (I honestly thought I took more pictures of historic Acco, but evidently I was too busy actually experiencing the city to photograph it).

Then it was back to Jerusalem along the coast, with a quick stop in Haifa at the Baha'i Gardens and a drive through Tel Aviv.

We made it back well before sundown (Dafna’s fears of traffic were for naught) so after an hour or so at the very crowded hotel pool, Ellery and I changed and headed to the old city and the Western Wall. I really wanted to have an “experience,” to feel something, whatever it is people keep telling me I should feel in Israel. But the bottom line is – nothing. I watched what was going on with the same interest as I watched observances in other countries and I was not moved. Alas.

The day ended on a less positive note. Ellery had forgotten Polarbear, her dearest stuffed animal, here at the hotel when we headed north, and we were sure it would be with housekeeping when we returned. But our pleas were unanswered; lost and found said they did not have it, or anything like it. So Ellery wrote Polarbear a note:

Dear Polarbear,
I hope you’re having a good time wherever you are. I really,
really, really miss you! Write back to me telling me where you are so I can come
and get you.
<3<3<3<3<3 Ellery P.S. Write back as soon as possible