SUNDAY 17 June
We had to pack up to move, then take our bags downstairs. The staff took our bags down to the bus, which met us after church.
We attended an arabic service at the Anglican Cathedral. We walked up from the convent in good time (particularly given that we thought the service started 30 minutes earlier than it actually did)
An easier day in that we spent much time on the bus. Sitting down in air-conditioning is good! As we went down to Jericho we were once again going through the Judean wilderness. It is very dry and stony. We also played once more with crossing the sea level line. We had lunch at Jericho, and there was the inevitable gift shop. This was the first time I saw Phoenician glass, which is hand blown and has very interesting patterns on it.
We stopped again at Bet Shean when we were nearly at Ginosar. This is a first century Roman town, and much of it is still visible. It is one of the cities refered to as the ‘Decapolis’ (Ten Towns). You can see where the Cardo is, the Roman baths, the theatre. We only had a short time to look, as it was the hottest time of the day. We then had a ride in a tractor train around the hills and up to the bus park, which was through some shops and in the modern town.
Arrival at Ginosar was well organized. We said goodbye to Ammin the bus driver, then settled in to our rooms. The accommodation here is really lovely, although there's heaps of walking to get anywhere. I'm sleeping on a trundle, and two single beds have been pushed together as a double for Mum and Dad. It is pretty roomy, and the kitchenette has plenty of room for clothes washing. The bathroom is pretty tight. All are nicely finished and air conditioned.
Dinner was at a buffet. Looks like the food will be good here. We chose to have a reasonably early night.