Haifa and Mount Carmel

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The only metro in Isreal

This morning, we headed to the Tel Aviv train station and took a train up to the port city of Haifa.  The city of Haifa exists from the base of the biblical Mount Carmel all the way to the top.  We found our hostel, dropped off our belongings, and headed into the city.  Looking at a map on paper, the city looked easy to navigate, but once we realized that some of the sites were on the mountain, we thought better of  walking.  For this very reason, Haifa is the only city in Israel that has a metro system.  It's one line, from the bottom of the mountain to the top, with a few stops along the way.  There's no driver, and it's on some sort of strange pulley system that I never quite figured out.

The Ba'hai gardens
  We boarded the train at 10:00 AM, the time where all of Israel takes a moment of silence for the victims of the Holocaust.  Fortunately, we were aware of this, and were honored to take the moment of silence with the rest of the country.

We took the metro to the top of the mountain, and began a beautiful promenade overlooking the city and sea below.  A short distance from the metro stop, we came upon the incredible area down the mountainside known as the Ba'Hai Gardens.  Actually, we somehow managed to walk past these huge gardens and had to turn back before we finally found them...but anyway!  The gardens were indeed breathtaking!  Perfectly kept lawns with beautiful flowers and trees.  It was about that time that the garden workers let us know that the Shrine of the Bab, the temple at the end of the gardens, was closing in some 30 minutes.

Elijah's Cave
  We had to run down the mountain and made it into the shrine before it closed.  The Ba'Hai are known for these beautiful gardens, and apart from perhaps some of the gardens of castles in Europe, I have not seen anything so beautiful.

We got lunch at a quaint little restaurant that served traditional Middle Eastern, I got a pita sandwich with some goat meat and a bunch of other goodies...and man was it good!  Our next stop was Elijah's cave, where it is believed that Elijah stayed after killing the prophets of Baal.  We finished our day in Haifa by taking a promenade along the Mediterranean before stopping for some dinner near the Shrine of the Bab.  We needed our sleep, as we needed to head to Tiberius first thing in the morning!

nimrodk says:
You should write a book.
Posted on: Jun 20, 2009
kingelvis14 says:
Good blog. You liked the food? I lost five pounds when I was in Israel. (wish it had been 20) Between all the walking and the heat and the lack of fast food, it was easy to lose weight. And easy to gain it back.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
Kerris82 says:
i am planning a trip for next year and Haifa is on my list. Reading your blog entry has given me a good idea on what it's like. Now I can't wait to go. thanks!
Posted on: Oct 01, 2007
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The only metro in Isreal
The only metro in Isreal
The Bahai gardens
The Ba'hai gardens
Elijahs Cave
Elijah's Cave
An orange tree on the promenade
An orange tree on the promenade
View from Mt. Carmel
View from Mt. Carmel
Walking to the Shrine of the Bab
Walking to the Shrine of the Bab
Shrine of the Bab
Shrine of the Bab
Shrine of the Bab
Shrine of the Bab
At the waters edge
At the water's edge
My favorite mango drink!  I think …
My favorite mango drink! I think…
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