Israel diary - 6
1 Aug 01
I'm staying with a family in Hamadia
(nr Beit Sh'an) at the moment. When I arrived I was greeted by six
of Neomi's grantchildren (not all!), and only narrowly avoided being
dragged into their dressing up games! Beit Sh'an is south of Ashdot
Ya'akov by about 20km (1/2 hr). It's unusual in Israel in that the
area doesn't have much of a water problem. This is because the area
is well served by natural springs - both hot and cold (well, not
so hot anyway).
2 Aug 01
I'm planning to head in to Beit Shan later today to check out some
archeological type stuff (see links to the pictures at the bottom
of the page).
Menachem and Neomi Zeira are wonderful hosts. Generous doesn't
come close to describing them. When I arrived for example, Neomi
offered me the use of an entire guest apartment rather than have
me 'inconvenienced' by the chance of them waking me up in the morning.
The thought was lovely, but the idea of Servas for me is to sample
and share in family life, and besides, their spare room is more
than adequate for me!
The archaeological site at Beit Sh'an is extremely interesting,
no really, I have the photos to prove it! (see below). The site
is a pleasing combination of tourist attraction and working site.
There is enough information for even the completely uneducated (like
me!), but not so much that it looks like a Disney Land reconstruction
of a Byzantine town. There are more than enough rough edges and
unrestored parts to convey an impression of how the place looked
when it was first found by archaeologists. I do hope that they don't
'tastefully restore' (recreate) too much of the place and turn it
into just another tourist park... Go see it before it's too late...
3 Aug 01
Today I traveled back up the Jordan valley east past Lake Kinneret
into the Golan Heights and to Bnei Yehoda. Here I'm staying at the
house of Israel & Naomi Kri-ze. Neomi gave me some herbal
tea before I left - I'm not sure whether it's helped, but it tasted
detail beautiful work!
remember! take a look
"The columns in the Photo you determimed "don't remember" is
the "column boulevard" in ancient Bet shean reconstructions.
when it was excavated the columns were lying on the street with
all the heads to the north (the direction of the hill). they
all fell at one moment in the earth quake in 749. the arceologists
cosidered to leave the ruins as they found them in order to
show the angle of the quake, but at last they decided to lift
the columns up, as well as the whole city and leave the arches
lying on the street. " - Menachem & Neomi Zeira
ruins (the rest are Byzantine)
theatre notice the high walls - to seperate the animals
from the spectators!
for my tea
The next installment.