I could probably spend 10 blogs or more sharing pictures from Israel. (Don't worry.. I won't.) It may be a small country, but the diversity of the land and its people was really striking.
The first picture is at the airport itself. It is an incredible airport that is full of people from every ethnicity you can imagine.
When we first landed in Tel-Aviv, it almost looked as though we were landing in Southern California.. but the feelings that one gets upon landing in this country is definitely not a Southern California feel. Tel-Aviv was nothing like I thought it would be, but yet I don't know what I was really expecting either.
Tel-Aviv is the most populated part of the country. Jerusalem may be the largest Israeli city with 450,000 people, but taking in the whole or greater part of Tel-Aviv encompasses 2.000,000 people.
We walked along the Mediterranean Sea where King Herod had originally built Cesarea. One could see right away why he chose this spot... the beauty of the sea was simply breathtaking! What he built and how he built it is incomparable, even by today's standards. I never realized what an incredible architect he was... unbelievable!
The Sea is so blue and so inviting that you just wanted to wade in.. but the weather was way too cold. I could have spent forever there.
This is the place where Jonah was thrown up by the great fish. And the place where the apostle Paul spent 2 years in prison.
We are still right there next to the Sea in this picture, but I wanted you to see one of Herod's hippodromes that he had built for his many chariot races. The center of the hippodrome was used for the entertainment between races. One of the entertainments enjoyed? The killing of Christians by people or wild animals.
Here is a look at one of the buildings on the side of the hippordrome where people or animals were kept. You get a partial glimpse of the seating and the center of the track in this picture. The emotions that come to the forefront when standing right there is nothing that I can express... such sadness.