Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Holy Trip Tour: The Golan Heights

Our day finished with a trek through the Golan Heights area. We visited an area filled with trenches and bunkers used by the Syrian army in the years before the 1967 war. It was at the top of a very steep mountain with a strategic overlook of the Israeli valley below.

There was a memorial to Israeli soldiers who died fighting in this area. A group of young Israeli Defense Force members were also visiting this spot while we were there.

Completing our tour of the Golan Heights, we stopped at the extinct volcano Mt. Bental. From its summit you can see Mt Hermon which is the highest mountian in Israel. We drove through a city that has an award winning winery (look for Yardin and Gamla labeled wines if you want to try it out--and it's good!); and stopped to buy fine chocolates at a family-run business in a kibbutz.

We were now getting used to life from the back of the bus:

And of course Mike found he could use his Blackberry *insert frowny face here*:

After a long day, it was good to get back to the hotel and enjoy the beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee while trying to absorb the different experiences we had.

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