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Mykonos

Mykonos, a beautiful island! In my opinion however, it doesn’t compare to Santorini or Rhodes. For one, it is colder and very windy. Jackie Onassis brought a lot of attention to this little jewel in the Greek Islands, and we’re told that a lot of famous people now like to come here. There are over 6,000 Greek islands, how many can you name? The water is amazing everywhere! Here’s just a few photos of the Island of Mykonos. We have found that []

The Island of Rhodes

Rhodes comes from the Gk. RHODOS or RHODAS,and it means ‘roses.’ The Isle of Roses. Reminded me of RHODOdendron in Washington. We have been here before, so I only took a few pictures, mostly on my phone. I would have to email each one to myself to get them on here. I’m sure I already blogged it in 2015 anyway. We did a walking tour today, and then came back to the ship for lunch, and set out to just walk about []

Capernaum

Capernaum (cah-pear-nay-OOM) is in the upper west corner of the Sea of Galilee, and cited often in the gospels. Matt 4:13 “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim.” The end of the name is the same as with the Prophet Nahum (Nah-hoom). Capernaum, meaning the home of Nahum. “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, []

Cruisin’ 4a Bruisin’

About cruising Why cruise? Well it’s not all you may imagine it to be. Of course everyone wants to visit the destinations, but touring, and actually learning can be more of a brusin‘ than a cruisin‘. Instead of breezing along popping grapes, you’re up early, rushing out to meet your group and gone all day. Your next 8-12 hours is more like the title of Watchman Nee’s book; ‘sit, walk, stand.’ We took our first cruise ever, back in 2015, and loved []

Northern Israel

The name Galilee means rolling hills. That’s exactly what you’ll find there, and it’s the name of the entire region taking in Capernaum, Tiberias and Nazareth. That day, we briefly visited Nazareth with its rolling landscape and many tourist shops, besides a few notable landmarks. Again, there is nothing of Christian interest that the Catholics haven’t capitalized on. Then we visited Capernaum, (pron. ‘coppernay-HOOM’) near the Sea of Galilee. The River Jordan flows out of the south of the Sea, all the []

Jerusalem pt.II

I looked from the Mt. of Olives eastward with the Temple mount to my back, and saw Jordan in the distance (above). Then I looked westward toward the Temple once more and the graves of Israel were right under me and the many gnarled olive trees of Gethsemane as well; some being 1,000 years old, that virtually appear dead. Christ, Isaiah said, “would grow up before him (God) as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he []

Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives There is soooooo much to share from this whole-day’s experience, it will take several posts. Our first high-ground view of the Temple Mount was across the Kidron Valley from atop the Mount of Olives. Directly below us and all around the face of the mount are the graves of Israelis by the thousands. Instead of placing flowers in memorial, they place stones. Gethsemane also lies near the base of the Mount, and is confined to a small enclosed []

The Cliff Arabel

Story goes, that when Herod came into Israel toward Jerusalem, this area north of it was held by Jews living in the caves in the face of Cliff Arabel. You can see the tactical advantage they had over the Romans. But Herod lowered wooden cages full of soldiers from above and behind them, and routed the Jews from these caves. We’re getting ready to go into Jerusalem and tour a couple of museums, and then we will have a day at sea []