A couple friends and I just got back from a little trip to Akko
. Akko is a small arab port city that houses some very impressive ruins that are extremely well preserved. As close as Akko is from Haifa
(I can see it from my window) I hadn’t been able to get there until now because there was a bit of a clash between the Jews and the Arabs. Over Yom Kippur, an arab taxi driver drove through an extremely Jewish quarter and they were offended by this (driving is forbidden during Hag) and some people started throwing rocks and the whole situation escalated. Luckily, things have quieted down there and it was perfectly fine to visit.
Akko is super tiny so we were able to walk around the entire city and just relax and enjoy ourselves.
Entrance to the old city
We spent a lot of time in the Shoq there perusing the various knickknacks that they have and all of the amazing baked goods and produce. Much of our time in Akko was spent eating Pita, Falafel and Hommus… Besides eating lots, we went to a few museums, walked along the old city gates (watching all the families try to fish in the bay) and through the underground tunnels and fortresses that are still in perfect condition.
It was amazing how different Akko felt from the rest of Israel… I had to keep reminding myself we had only taken a 30 minute train to get there. I know I am not even coming close to explaining what a beautiful city it was… but hopefully my photos can complete the picture a bit. Well I’ve got an early field trip tomorrow and tons of e-mails to catch up on… hope everyone’s doing well.