|Map of the 20 layers of 30 cities of Megiddo (Armageddon)|
|Entrance to Megiddo|
|Dan, atop Megiddo|
|Religious alters at Megiddo|
|Grain silo, Megiddo|
|Dan in the ancient water tunnel, Megiddo|
|Dan with the modern Megiddo waterworks :-)|
From Megiddo we drove to Haifa, Israel's 3rd largest city, a beautiful port city that literally climbs the mountain above the Mediterranean.
|Baha'i Temple, Haifa|
Although you can take a cable car to the top of the Carmel, the first thing I wanted Dan to experience in Haifa was the "Carmelit", the famous 6-station funicular "stair-step" subway system built in 1956 that makes it speedy and fun (8 minutes!) to get from the sea to the top of Mount Carmel! I remember riding the Carmelit with my Dad in 1973, and though it's been fully modernized, it's still a fascinating experience to ride Israel's one and only subway! An engineering marvel when first constructed in the 1950s,
|1956: Building the Carmelit|
|Dan, Carmelit Station, Haifa|
Dan and I took the Carmelit to the top of the Carmel so we could have a glass of wine and take in the magnificent view from the top at twilight...
|Here comes the Carmelit!|
|View of Haifa Bay, from the Carmel|
|Haifa at twilight from Mt. Carmel|
|Wine bar on Mt. Carmel|
|Back on the Carmelit!|
Haifa is also a living, functioning symbol of outstanding co-existence and tolerance between Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and the World Center of the Baha'i Faith with its golden dome and gardens is a focal point of the city. (The Baha'i originated from the Bab sect which separated from
|World Center of Baha'i Faith, Haifa|
|Dan, holding up the Temple...|
Arriving with no reservations, we were lucky to find a guest room at the lovely historic Colony Hotel at the foot of the Baha'i Gardens in the city's charming German Colony, founded in the nineteenth century by Christian German Templars. The beautifully restored Colony Hotel dates from 1905, and it was a splendid, quintessentially Haifa place to stay!
|At The Colony Hotel|
|Morning coffee at The Colony...|
That night we took a cab down to the port area and had a truly amazing gourmet dinner at HaNamal 24- truly a world-class culinary jewel. This was a dinner that was So good I took notes! You want to drool? Click on the link and look at their menu! This was truly one of the "great, good meals" of life...
Salmon ceviche on fruit salsa, soy ginger sauce, and cream of bell peppers
Liver pate brioche and liver pate-filled ravioli with toffee sauce
Beef fillet on pureed peas, with red gnocchi, with a Bordelaise Sauce and Parmesan cheese
Fillet of Mullet on pear risotto, with a pear stuffed with goat cheese, cardamom and saffron.
Pear filled with chocolate cream, an almond roulade filled with Marscapone
Vanilla panna cotta and citrus caramel, and a berry soup
Accompanied by Israeli wine, of course! Unreal!!!!
|Enjoying a Wonderful dinner!|
|A happy Chef Dan!|
|Looking up at the Bahai Temple,|
on our return to our hotel...
The next morning after breakfast at The Colony
we went to the excellent Israel Railway Museum- NOT easy to find, even with our trusty map, and damn near impossible to get to, but we drove around and around and up and down, and Finally figured out how to get in! And it was truly worth it- this was one of Dan's favorite places in Israel! Located in the old Turkish-era railway station of east Haifa, the museum offers a tour through the past with the sight of modern trains passing by, and provides an historical overview of railways in the Holy Land and their part in the development of the country, from the first line between Jaffa and Jerusalem opened in 1892 under Turkish rule, through two World Wars, the British Mandate, right up to the revitalized Israel Railways of the 21st Century!
The refurbished main exhibits building of the museum was once the locomotive shed of the famous Hedjaz Railway which carried Muslims making the Haj pilgrimage to the cities of Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia, back when it was also possible to travel by narrow gauge steam train from Haifa to Damascus in Syria and to Amman in Jordan. The main building houses historical locomotives, coaches, wagons, and displays, including the last authentic steam locomotive to survive in Israel: 0-6-0T No.10 built in Germany in 1902 for the Hedjaz Railway!
The docent was kind enough to make us coffee (and invite us to his home for Passover Seder!), and as we were the only ones at the museum that morning we had it all to ourselves!
|Israel Railway Museum, Haifa|
|1922 Birmingham RC&W Saloon Coach, used by David Ben Gurion, The King & Queen of Belgium, and Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia|
|Dan peering into the Saloon Coach Kitchen|
|The last steam loco in Israel: 0-6-0T No.10, built in Germany in 1902 for the Hedjaz Railway|
|Brake Van 1419, Built in 1939 by La Brugeoise, Belgium|
for the Egyptian State Railways.
Captured by Israel in the 1956 Sinai War.
From Haifa, we drove to Tel Aviv to see Sol Baskin, whom I hadn't seen in years, and take him to dinner...
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