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Haifa and Akko



In Haifa, north of Tel Aviv, we enjoyed the terraced Baha’i Gardens overlooking the Mediterranean and the best AirBnB digs of the trip (thanks, Eli!) You can see why Haifa unanimously won the “if we could live anyplace we’ve been to on this trip” game.








Then we drove to Akko (Acre) to check out the restored Crusader-turned-Ottoman citadel in the pouring rain. (We also enjoyed the first of many lunches of hummus and Arabic coffee, which I will blog about separately.) The hummus joint is located inside the old suq, or marketplace, where we picked up some spices, including za’atar (a mix of thyme, sesame seeds, and salt, commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine) and a few packets of saffron Kate later convinced herself were phony. (We’ll cook with it and let you know.)





Kate mugging for the camera, as usual.



The Templar tunnel.



I may be a dog person all the way, but stray cats are WAY less aggravating than stray dogs (poor things). At every archaeological park we visited we found feral cats—always minding their own business.



Even if a mosque is closed to visitors, Kate always gets her picture from the doorway.


Despite the heavy rain, I really enjoyed walking through the narrow streets of the old city. Very atmospheric.





Random assemblage on the street. Not even particularly near anyone’s front door, it’s just *there.* Love it.


Next post: Zippori and the Sea of Galilee!


2 Comments to Haifa and Akko

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    The old city of Akko was an unexpected highlight. I could have wondered around there for hours. If only the rain had been just a little less aggressive.

  2. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    December 10, 2014 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    These pictures are so beautiful and clear that I feel like I am there with you. I love that you take pictures of Kate taking pictures!

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