Tiberias was just a short break for the night and I honestly would not stay there any longer. It’s a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee and it is sure okay to stay there before heading to the Dead Sea, but that’s just what all tourists seem to do there. The harbour is quite nice, but when we were there it was crowded with tourists and all the typical tourist stuff to buy. There are some historical sites to visit and Tiberias is famous for its hot springs – we did not visit any of these since we did not have the time, but if you stay there longer that might be worth it (and maybe would have changed my impression).
[first: Olympus µ | paradiesfilm 200]
[Canon AE-1 Program | 50 mm lens | paradiesfilm 400]
On our Way to Tiberias and the Dead Sea we drove through the Golan Heights – a region in the Levant and the area captured from Syria and occupied by Israel during the Six-Day-War, annexed in 1981. It’s a beautiful and quiet landscape besides alls the remains of the war that you come across every few metres. I would love to go hiking there one day, but since most of the territory is still kind of dangerous due to land mines and part of it only accessable for the military (and since the onset of the Syrian Civil War that affects the eastern region of the Golan Heights), that might not happen too soon.
It’s a strange contrast: The peaceful soft hills, the quietness, the very few people living there and the beautiful light – and then the remains of tanks that were left behind, the memorials for the soldiers that died, the ruins of houses.
[Canon AE-1 Program | 50 mm lens | first 2: Kodak Portra 400 / rest: paradiesfilm 200]
At the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee we visited the Church of Multiplication in Taghba and the Capernaum, an old fishing village. I like old sites like these, the remains of long gone communities, the old mosaics in the church and the natural light there.
Church of Multiplication:
[Canon AE-1 Program | 50 mm lens | Kodak Portra 400]
It was a wise decision to visit Jerusalem in winter, not in summer. It was still crowded and I don’t think I would have enjoyed the city as much with even more tourists. The old part is beautiful, of course, but it’s also very exhausting. I was so happy to get back to “the bubble” afterwards, which felt like a completely different planet in comparison to the vibes of Jerusalem. You have to see Jerusalem once in your life, I guess, and I love old cities and small streets and the spirit of all the centuries that live in the shadows and make the walk through the old town such an astonishing experience. But one day was more than enough for me. It’s a beautiful place, but if you’re anything like me when it comes to sensitivity, you feel the tension in this nervous city at every corner.
When you leave the old town and walk through the city center it feels like a relieve – and I ate the best falafel ever there, I guess. We visited Yad Vashem, which is a must, and that was almost too much to see in the few hours we had left. You can literally spend days there.
[unless otherwise: Canon AE-1 Program | 50mm lens | dm paradiesfilm]
First some pictures of Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo, a beautiful place with old houses, cafés, the St. Peter’s Church and its Bell Tower:
…and the vivid market in Tel Aviv, which was just a few steps away from our apartement, so we basically ate there all day everyday:
[all: Canon AE-1 Program | 50mm lens | dm paradiesfilm]
This is it for Tel Aviv, next stop is Jerusalem.
It’s been a while – oh my. But I’m still here taking pictures and being craftsy (and not uploading anything for – more then 2 years?). Time flies by, you know (enter any common excuse here to your liking). I can’t say yet if I will post more regularly again in the near future, but I have a lot of pictures from beautiful places for you in my pipeline that I really want to get out there finally. So in the next few weeks there will be a bunch of posts. Yay!
First of all, I’ve been to Israel over New Year 2014/2015 for two weeks. We stayed in Tel Aviv most of the time and visited Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Dead Sea. It’s such a beautiful country and I’m in love with Tel Aviv (who couldn’t be!). If you’re all for open-minded people, beaches and delicious food (this is vegan heaven), this is your place to be. I love it and want to come back as soon as possible. I had the best vegan pizza there ever, there is a lovely vegan Georgian restaurant, the Nanuchka (as you might know, I visited Georgia a few years ago and loved the food, but with becoming vegan years ago the Georgian cuisine is kind of a challenge, and oh how lucky I am to stumble over what must be the only vegan Georgian restaraurant there is in the world!). So let’s start with Tel Aviv and random impressions (I love the picture with the two chairs):
[all: Canon AE-1 Program | 50 mm lens | dm paradiesfilm]
The next parts will be online over the next few days.
Second part, first part was on yesterday.
View over Frankfurt:
[first two: Petri FT EE | dm paradiesfilm 200]
[Olympus µ | Kodak Gold 200]
[this and next three: Canon AE-1 Program | Kodak Gold 200]
Frankfurter “Gruenguertel” (“green belt”, protected landscape of 8000 hectars surrounding the city, wilth hiking trails of about 62km starting in Hoechst):
Some random summer impressions from last year. Second part will be up tomorrow. So looking forward to spring and sunshine and flowers soon!
Bodensee / Lake of Constance:
[all: Olympus Program 40 | Rossmann Film 400]