HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE - Post Script 1
One of the beauties of this trip is that the organiser had planned an optional stay in Tiberias for four days when the pilgrimage had ended. Thus we are enjoying time to unwind and process something of our experiences. Swimming in Galilee directly from the hotel has added to the pleasure for some. The less bold, like me, have remained in the hotel pool and enjoyed the sun on our bodies in a way our friends and relations in the UK are certainly not. We would certainly recommend anyone planning a Holy Land trip to see if this option is available and if so, to take advantage of it if at all possible
This morning, Sue, from Bassingbourne had organised the possibility of taking a couple of small boats out for an hour. Although these had small outboards noise was not intrusive and it was possible to imagine what a peaceful setting this must have been in the time of Jesus. Although a lot of the foreshore is inevitably built up at Tiberias, the hills soar above it and there is a timelessness to it even though the peace is from time to time shattered by a motorboat. Or jet-ski. The lake has a lot of small fishes by the shore and the occasional loud splash while we were out evidenced considerably bigger fish.
The hour was followed by iced coffee when my attempts to explain what a Grade 1 Listed Building is to a young waitress caused immense hilarity. (It is an ancient building in the UK which may not be altered either inside or out without approval of English Heritage and other conservationist organisations)
(Not sure where those or these brackets will end up. Right compensation applied by Blogger to text here is creating some problems so I am trying hard to resist the use of exclamation marks)