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Feb 17, 2014 - The Baha'i Gardens, Haifa

The next day the weather cleared and we were able to visit Haifa's World Heritage Site - the Baha'i Gardens. The Gardens stretch from Carmel Heights down 19 tiers to end near sea level. The Gardens were one of Margaret's favorite WHS sites. and while I enjoyed its beauty it is the backstory that most intrigues me. We had visited the Baha'i Temple outside of Delhi on our first adventure in 2004 and I'd been impressed with a spiritual message that incorporates the best aspects of the world's religions. Its teachings stress tolerance and...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Haifa

Nov 2 and 3, Haifa, Israel Grammar and I had a mixed day today. With Myrna, we signed up for a tour of the fabulous Bahai hanging gardens that cascade down Mount Carmel and the ancient Templar-linked town of Acre. When we got to the gardens, we discovered we would only be going down one terrace (there are 19) of the garden and not visiting the shrine. Several people complained but only Grammar took action. She discovered that the shrine was open until noon and there was a free tour in English from the top of the gardens at...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Margo's Family

Everyday I learn more stuff. Today, I learned about Baha’i. Turns out that The Bab was born in Iran in 1819 and he prophesied the coming of the Baha’i Prophet Baha u llah (born in Iran 2 years earlier). The Prophet’s name has a series of dots & dashes so it looks different with those than without. Just pretend there are a bunch of them placed strategically around, above & below the typewritten letters and you’ll get the idea. The Bab is buried at the Baha’I Shrine in Haifa. Baha u llah is buried at the Baha’i Shrine in Akko. And both of...

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May 14, 2012 - Haifa

HAIFA: We stayed at the Louie Motel Apt which we all enjoyed. It was nice to have so much space and be able to make some of our own meals. We visited the Bahia Religious complex and gardens. The gardens and building in this complex start at the bottom of Carmel Mountain and extend 600m up the mountain. The gardens are immaculate, the buildings are huge stone structures designed in Greco/Roman style. The entire complex was designed by a Canadian architect. It is designed so well, you do not even realize there is a road built through the...

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Oct 11, 2010 - Haifa, and Sea of Galilee, Israel

Last evening was the first of two “Formal” nights on board the ship. That meant a jacket and tie for the men. I have the thought that “formal” to an RV’er means nothing more than tucking in your shirt, but in the spirit of things, I dressed up a bit more last night. Marilyn and the other ladies were all very beautiful in their long dresses and special “get-ups”. Per a request I had made with the head waiter, we were all served escargot at our table last night. That was the appetizer for six of the eight of us at our table. The other two do...

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Nov 4, 2009 - Haifa to TelAviv

Unbelievable…We are in Haifa Israel. Absolutely beautiful weather, and the city is spectacular from the view of the ship. Today, my father would like to visit his grandmothers grace site and see if he can touch base with a group in Tel Aviv that are associated with the town in Poland that his parents came from. The journey started off crazy, and pretty stayed that way throughout the day. We had a long walk off the ship (I decided to use my crutches this day). We were harassed by taxi drivers…they would not take no gracefully. We needed...

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Nov 3, 2009 - All day sailing

A day at sea. How lovely! Now this is truly relaxing. I laid on the indoor pool lounges all day. Here’s the picture for your mind, towel for a pillow, towel for a raised leg platform, towel to cover me as a blanket when I felt a nap creeping in. I had people serving me food and drink while I read and just remembered how to Be again. I am really enjoying the folks on the ship. My leg has drawn quite a bit of attention and I realized how very lovely and compassionate people can be. Everyone would like to help if they could. But, it has been...

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Mar 3, 2009 - Day 07 - Our Trip to the North, Part B

After a long rest at Hispin Guest House, in the south part of Ramat Hagolan, we woke up for our second day of the trip to the north: Hey its Jessi and Sydney, and we are having such a great time in Israel!!!! Yesterday was our first day on the trip to the north. First, we learned and visited the Druze. We learned about their religion and culture, and tasted some of their food which happened to be delicious. Then we went to Haifa, and we saw the Bahai gardens, and learned about the area around it. We took several pictures, and it was a...

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Dec 27, 2008 - Caesarea and Haifa

After a not so refreshing nights sleep, we stopped at Benedict, a 24 hour breakfast only place in Tel Aviv, for some Huevos Rancheros. It was very good food and interesting people watching, which is a city obsession in Tel Aviv. This morning we went from Tel Aviv to Caesarea, briefly driving through Netanya, a small city just north of Tel Aviv. OK, it wasn’t so brief, we got a bit lost trying to find the freeway after a detour and had to stop and ask directions twice. The ruins at Caesarea were quite nice and extensive. Caesarea was...

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May 23, 2007 - Makina and Arusha Container Updates

Good morning everyone, We have some updated information to add to our journal, and hopefully some god news to share with you. First- the container sent to Makina. We have recieved notification that the container has been released from the customs area and is now off the docks and in a compound, ready to be trucked to Makina. We are ironing out some final deatails in terms of when we can arrange to have the container delivered to Makina and what the final costs are, but it appears that we may FINALLY have some movement in this area. Dr....

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Oct 23, 2006 - Haifa/Akko

So we cruised up to Haifa/Akko for the day. This was a real pleasant little stop I suppose if not totally disorganized and completely rushed. Basically we took in the Citadel which is an old crusader city under the newer Old City and which is in the process of massive reconstruction. It was interesting though. It was also the place where the Bahai spiritual leader, BAHÁ'U'LLÁH, was imprisoned. For most of his preaching life well he penned their gospel. In Haifa we took in the Bahai shrine and the tomb of the Bab. (Like their John the...

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Jan 3, 2006 - Haifa

Hadass, her parents and Ya'ar have been spoiling me rotten.. my goodness, I may never leave.. We had a tour of the Baha'i gardens.. An elegant symmetrical masterpeice over looking the meditteranean sea and Haifa town.. Haifa is a paradigm for peaceful Arab-Jewish co-existence.. Haifa developed a philosophy.."live and let live." .. When the british decided to construct a port in the city, the Jewish and Arab communities flocked to the economic opportunites and worked side-by-side in factories.. Though they went home to seperate communities,...

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