S: 2011 Holy Land Cruise
FC: 2011 Holy Land Cruise
1: A long flight takes us to Istanbul! | Istanbul Turkey
2: We spent our first day eating our way through Istanbul! We did a tour of the "hidden secrets" with Istanbul Eats.
3: We started the day with pastries, rose pedal honey and cheese! Delicious!!
4: Pickling is big in Turkey! | Nick sipping a little turnip juice. Yuk!
5: Fresh fish for lunch | Baklava for dessert
6: Our second dessert!
7: Nick had a snack before our second lunch - a lamb gland & intestine sandwich!
8: Our second lunch! | We sampled really strongTurkish coffee along the way.
9: And finally . . . Dinner | Tammy's favorite - lamb & pistachio kabob.
10: We couldn't go to Turkey and not have a Turkish bath!!
11: . . . and a little site seeing | Dolmabahce Palace | Istanbul Bridge
12: Cats of Europe | Patiently waiting for scraps
13: We find cats everywhere we go, but there were LOTS of cats in Turkey and Greece!
14: Face off between the peacock and the kitten | We saw a mommy cat run through the market with a sardine, and she took it back to her kittens. So we bought a few more to help out!
15: These two seem to be in love!
16: We set sail for a 12 night cruise | The Holy Lands | Great Views!
17: Our room was at the very front of the ship, and was "roomy" by cruise ship standards!
18: Celebrity Constellation | View from the room
20: We walked to Pigeon Island to see the castle, but it was locked. | Kusadasi Turkey | We peeked inside and saw a whale skeleton
21: We also did a little shopping at the local bazaars! | Nick climbs to the top of the mountain for a closer look at the statue.
23: Rhodes Greece | Rhodes Greece
24: Acropolis of Lindos | St. Paul's Bay
25: St. Paul was ship-wrecked in this bay, so the bay was named after him. | This is the site of the Colossus - one of the 7 wonders of the world
26: Church of the Nativity | The Church of the Nativity sits on top of the birthplace of Jesus - commonly believed to be a stable, but was actually a cave. | We crossed the border of Palestine on our way to Bethlehem | The doorway was reduced over the years to prevent camels from entering. (Eye of the Needle)
27: Bethlehem | The light shining from the upper window shines directly on the cave below where Jesus was born!
28: Mount of Olives | A cemetery sits on the Mount of Olives today. | The Rock of Agony inside the Church of All Nations is believed to be the rock upon which Jesus prayed the night of his arrest.
29: Jesus came here to pray the night before his crucifixion. | Garden of Gethsemene
30: The Western Wall
31: The second step is as close to the Dome of the Rock as you can get unless you're Muslim. | It is believed that the Dome of the Rock is built upon the ground where Abraham took Isaac for sacrifice. Muslims believe Mohammad descended to Heaven from this spot.
32: The Via Dolorosa is the path Jesus walked when carrying his cross to Calvary.
33: The Church of the Holy Sepulcher sits on the site of the crucifixion
34: After the crucifixion Jesus was laid on this stone and prepared for burial.
35: Tomb of Jesus | Church of the Holy Sepulchre
36: Border crossing into Jordan | Jordan River | This is the site where John baptized Jesus
37: This cave is the site where 2 original copper dead sea scrolls were found. Original discoverers sold the scrolls for about $200. Subsequent purchaser sold them in the Wall Street Journal for significantly more! Later several hundred other scrolls were found nearby.
39: The Dead Sea | Nick floating in the Dead Sea!
40: Dead Sea
41: Nick covered in mud from the Dead Sea!
42: Baha'i Gardens
44: Masada holds the remains of King Herod's fortress. | Masada was the ending place of the first Jewish-Roman war. A siege by Roman troops in 73 AD led to a mass suicide of the Jewish inhabitants. | Thermal baths
45: This is what the palaces once looked like.
46: Jordan River
47: Nazareth | The Church of Saint Joseph is built upon Joseph's carpentry workshop.
48: The Church of Heptapegon sits atop the place where Jesus fed thousands with 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread.
49: A modern memorial sits atop the house of the Apostle Peter. | Thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build My church. Matthew 16:18
50: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. | Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. | Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. | Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. | Blessed are they who are hungry and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. | Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. | Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. | Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. | Matthew 5:3-12 | Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of Me. Rejoice and glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. | Church of Beatitudes
51: Jesus spoke from this hilltop giving His Sermon on the Mount where He delivered the beatitudes.
52: Caesarea was a port town built by King Herod
53: This was once a magnificent fresh water pool on the ocean's edge in King Herod's Palace. | Hippodrome
54: Corinth Canal | Corinth | This is the site where Paul spoke to the Corinthians