Around the Sea of Galilee – Visit Six: The Golan Heights

Up, up, up we went, climbing ever higher from below sea level to the heights of the Golan overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Jordan and Syria.

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We drove up to an abandoned Israeli bunker for a bird’s eye view of the landscape – enormous in scale and breath-taking in height:

Here is the border between Israel and Jordan, a patchwork of barbed wire fencing, electrified further down the mountain side.

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And how about a look in Syria and Jordan?

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And way down below, the Hammat Gader hot springs.

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And a closer look into Jordan:

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and to the abandoned Jezreel Valley Railway, opened in 1892, that once connected Haifa on the Mediterranian with Damascus in what is now Syria.

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It’s now time to travel south along the western shore of the Sea.  Beaches, crowds, wealthy kibbutzim, plantations of bananas, lychee, mango, palms and abundant flowers line the road way.

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At the southern end of the Sea of Galilee is the kibbutz of Degania A, renowned in Israel for single-handedly repulsing the Syrian army in 1967.  An old Russian tank used by Syria and captured by the kibbutz reminds them of those days.

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That’s it for the tour.  Hope you enjoyed it.

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