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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Israel trip, Day 5

First stop was Israel's center of mysticism - Tzfat. We spent a few minutes at the Kabbalah center and then went to a candle factory store and heard a brief presentation about their techniques. 

Then we wandered through the main shopping area and bought, among other things, both Caleb and I gorgeous tallits at a beautiful art gallery (mother-son theme: pomegranates). Alana made friends with a local cat named Johnny:


Then we stopped for lunch at Kibbutz Gadot:

Next we drove up (up up) to a monument to the 1973 Yom Kippur war on a high peak of the Golan Heights


Final stop was the Golan Heights winery, where we took a tour and tasted several wines:

Matthew Newmeyer bought a delicious Pinot Noir which we had with dinner:


We just had enough time for another visit to the spa before we met the group. We went to the lake front and watched a very cool water and light show, illustrating the history of Tiberias.  Then we had dinner at a lake side restaurant, where everyone ate whole fried local fish ("St Peter's fish") and enjoyed fresh dates for dessert:

We had a few minutes to walk along the boardwalk and buy ice cream (gelato) and other treats, and then it was back to the hotel to pack up for our final move, to Tel Aviv.



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