Biblical Backdrop


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.

Driving the coast: Tel Aviv to Haifa

Driving the coast: Tel Aviv to Haifa

The mountain roads on the way to Galilee

The mountain roads on the way to Galilee

The Sea of Galilee at Tiberius and a family of Hitchhikers

The Sea of Galilee at Tiberius and a family of Hitchhikers

Sunset over the Sea of Galilee

Sunset over the Sea of Galilee

Galilee through a Fisheye

Galilee through a Fisheye

The area where Jesus was Baptised on the River Jordan

The area where Jesus was Baptised on the River Jordan

The area where Jesus was Baptised on the River Jordan

The area where Jesus was Baptised on the River Jordan

The River Jordan

The River Jordan


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.