A belated post about our 1st day as pilgrims in the Holy Land.

7 03 2013

First, I want to apologize for not posting to our blog on a more regular and on-going basis. We are having trouble locating affordable internet access and that makes it difficult for us to do the posting as we travel, blogging the material that we had originally envisioned. In fact, at this point, we are even having trouble posting an end of the day summary of our day’s travel and “adventures.”

That being said, please allow me to share with you some of the results of our first day’s travel as pilgrims in the Holy Land. Even the drive to the site of our first stop, the Mount of Transfiguration, was a captivating experience for us, as we viewed the steep hills and wide valleys of the landscape of the Holy Lands of the Bible. Then too it was it was fascinating to see the traffic signs written in three languages, Jewish, Arabic, and English. And to see the different styles of architecture in the building of homes for both the Arabic and Jewish inhabitants was an experience in cultural diversity for us.

The road going up to the top of the Mount of Transfiguration was too narrow, with twists and turns  too sharp, for our bus, so we had to ride up in taxi vans. The ride both up and down was like going on a Cedar Point ride, and Zoë adding to the fun with squeals of delight as we zoomed through every sharp curve in the road.

Once on the top of the mount, the view of the countryside below us was fantastic (with the site of where Debra battled the Midianites, in the Book of Judges, seen down in the valley, near the base of the mount), and to see the physical remnants of both the Byzantine Church and the Crusader Church that the present day church was built on top of, was just ever so sweet for an old history teacher like me. But for all of us, to be walking on the same mountain top that Jesus and His disciples had walked on, some 2,000 years ago, was what our trip was all about.

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