Today was the first day for a long while when the sun shone non-stop and the temperature was about 23 C. So I thought a trip out would be favourite.
To the north. To a place called Umm Qais (small report later) that had a view of some places you might have heard of. After avoiding a number of border patrols in what was a sensitive area I put my head above the parapet and took a couple of photos. Where was I?
X marks the spot -
A sightly misty view of the Sea of Galilee - Jesus recruited four of his apostles from the shores of Lake Galilee: the fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew and the brothers John and James. One of Jesus' famous teaching episodes, the Sermon on the Mount, is supposed to have been given on a hill overlooking the lake. Many of his miracles are also said to have occurred here including his walking on water, calming the storm, the disciples and the boatload of fish, and his feeding five thousand people
Plus an even less distinct view on the left bank of a white(ish) city called Tiberius - Since the 16th century has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities. According to Christian tradition, Jesus performed several miracles in the Tiberias district, making it an important pilgrimage site for Christians.
And then swinging the camera just to the right is the southern end of the Golan Heights. I'm sure you've heard of them and the battles to control that area -