I arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel late Monday night and just wanted to get some sleep after over 24 hours of transit and layovers. After updating the blog and having some breakfast the next morning, I got in my rental car and headed up the coast. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and the warm Mediterranean air put a big smile on my face. I only wish a convertible was available for rent here.
My drive took me along the water to Haifa and then further north near the Lebanese border. From there I decided to head inland and visit the Sea of Galilee. This decision took me through winding mountain roads, with beautiful green rolling hills as my scenery. When I arrived in Tiberius on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, it was getting closer to sundown, so I decided to find a nice spot for some sunset shots. This body of water is a lot smaller than I expected and is more like a large lake, so I was able to drive around to the other side to get the sun’s refection in the images.
I then started my trek back to Tel Aviv, but not before I visited a place that is very close to my Greek Orthodox beliefs. On the way back from the Sea of Galilee is the area where Jesus Christ was baptised on the River Jordan. It is now set up for people to enter the water and be baptised. The complex itself was closed to visitors, but did not stop me from hopping the fence to touch the water. The riverbanks are beautifully lined with palm trees and were a pleasure to photograph.
After my first day here, I can already tell that this part of the expedition is going to be something special.