Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1

In Nazareth I stayed at Fauzi Azar Inn and there I met Pia a German girl looking for someone to rent a car with and drive up north in to the Golan Heights. I haven’t actually made any solid plans on what I wanted to do yet and a road trip in Israel sounded like loads of fun. We also met a polish guy at reception who wanted to join us so we decided it was a go!

It was Saturday 31 December, Day 8 of my Israel adventure

I woke up early and as I got out of the shower it was raining quite hard outside. I met up with the 2 people I met last nights and thought that maybe a road trip in the rain would be a bad idea. Luckily it stopped raining just before 9am and we headed out to the car rental place.

Pia and the Polish dude I road tripped with
Pia and the Polish dude I road tripped with

Pia was the designated driver and I sat in the front with the job as map reader in our little yellow rented car.

Getting to see the countryside covered in mist while driving along the windy roads was absolutely amazing. It was chilly at 16 degrees and very foggy so you couldn’t see too far ahead, it actually gave the area an eerie fairy-tale feeling, that you were entering the unknown and don’t know what’s waiting around the next bend.

Sitting on the shore of the sea of Galilee
Sitting on the shore of the sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee with a layer of mist covering it
The Sea of Galilee with a layer of mist covering it
It was amazing walking next to the Sea of Galilee with all those boble stories in the back of my mind
It was amazing walking next to the Sea of Galilee with all those boble stories in the back of my mind

 We headed towards Tiberias and from there up north all along the coast of the sea of Galilee to Nimrod Castle. Back down again and around the other side of the sea of Galilee.

The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
This pond was right at the entrance!
This pond was right at the entrance!
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.

Our first stop was on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.  A sweet little church, although its modern it stands on the site of 4th and 5th-century churches, right on the shore of the sea of Galilee. Inside it preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic of the loaves and fishes as well as the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid.

Inside it preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic
Inside it preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic
 Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee
Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee
The entrance of the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter
The entrance of the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter
Beautiful stain-glass window of the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter
Beautiful stain-glass window of the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter was our next stop. This church is right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  According to tradition this is the spot where Jesus is said to have laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for the Apostles, and told Peter to “Feed my sheep” after the miraculous catch, the third time he appeared to them after his resurrection. 

The Church of the Beatitudes
The Church of the Beatitudes

The Church of the Beatitudes, a Roman Catholic Church was our last stop. It is located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee, and actually overlooks the small loaves and fishes church.  It was built on the traditional site of Jesus’ delivery of the Sermon on the Mountpilgrims are known to have commemorated this site since at least the 4th century.

Looking out over the Sea of Galilee from the Church of the Beatitudes
Looking out over the Sea of Galilee from the Church of the Beatitudes

Unfortunately we couldn’t go inside but walked around the church an got to look out over the valley and the sea down below.

Last look at the mist covered Sea of Galilee before we head North
Last look at the mist covered Sea of Galilee before we head North

The polish guy that was traveling with us lives in Ireland at the moment. (Jaric) He has lived there for 9 years but his English is really not that good and he doesn’t always understand our questions or give us straight answers. Whenever someone asks him where he’s from he says Ireland, you can see how confused the people seem as he doesn’t look or sound Irish at all. I could never remember his name so ended up calling him Polish Dude the whole time.

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