Saturday, August 7, 2010

A bridge reflected

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In the reflection you can see the Sea of Galilee and a little bridge over a duck and fish pond-- gifts to the hosts and friends at James' Weekend Reflections and at Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges.
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You'd never know it, but right behind the windows were hundreds of tourists eating seafood.
Yes, this is the famous fish restaurant of Kibbutz Ein Gev.

A view of the restaurant and patio.
All the palm leaves were furiously blowing eastward.
It was a strange super-hot day in June with a strong west wind creating a dust storm and rare whitecaps and high waves.

This is a map for Christian pilgrims from the Yardenit website.
Ein Gev is on the right (east) side of the lake.
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In case you missed my post on the yummy St. Peter's fish we had at Ein Gev, it's here.
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24 comments:

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful place! Wish I was there..:-)
Informative and great post and photos.
Thanks for your nice comment:-) Hugs from Tania

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

I like the photos. The first one's great such a lot you can see through the windows.
Cheers
Melbourne Daily Photo

James said...

I like the colors in the reflection. They reminds me of sunset. It's such a big reflection with plenty to see and enjoy. :)

ρομπερτ said...

What an amazing picture that is. Surely a challenge for the sense of sight.
Thanking you very much for your kind words, trying to return on Monday. Please have you all a good and safe Sunday.

Kay said...

That tree with the orange flowers looks so much like what we have here in Hawaii. I'm sorry it's so hot. It was pretty warm here, too but at least the trade winds cool things off... usually.

Reader Wil said...

That's an interesting reflection. Those windows are not fit for looking through from the outside.
Do pelgrims really walk around the lake? That must be an awful long way to go in the heat of the day!

Ann said...

There's a lot of timber structure. Where do you get the wood/

Dina said...

Ann, good question. I had to look up the answer. It's true, Israel has so little forest land that you can't buy logs harvested here.
Most timber comes from Eastern Europe and some from Canada.
Top wood sources include Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Canada and Astoria. Long length material, such as 16x75 cm., 16x90cm., comes from Finland or Sweden

Irina said...

Great summer photos, and very informative, as usual!

Dina said...

Tania/Spiderdama, you might not want to be at the Kinneret when it's in the 40s like now.

Everyone--don't miss Spiderdama's poetic posts and latest stunning photos of the Northern Lights!

Francisca said...

Dina, your photos and stories are making more urgent my desire to visit your country and some good friends I have there. (Just keep me away from any restaurant with lots of tourists, whether I can see them or not.) :-D Interesting question from Ann about the wood, and your answer. And thanks for the tip to visit Spiderdama... :-)

Dina said...

Wil, yeah, it looks like a two-way mirror.
Sorry, when I say "pilgrims" I don't usually mean religious tourists who walk all the way, like they do on the Camino in Spain. Here pilgrims are usually in groups, in big buses.

The easiest way to do the holy sites around the lake in a few days is by car.

There is a new Jesus Trail that starts in Nazareth and goes along the western side of the Sea of Galilee, but I think now all around the lake. see http://jesustrail.com/maps

Yesterday a foreign tourist thought he could bicycle around the lake in the 45 degree heat. He collapsed and was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

So no, summer is not the best time to be anywhere in the Great Rift Valley.

Dina said...

BlossomFlowerGirl, I'd love to be down there is chilly Australia right now.

James, it was just after noon but the dust storm did funny things to the light.
Yes, I saw the big glass and said "This one's for James!"

Rupert, that's a great way to describe it.

Kay, yes that tree was beautiful. I've not seen it elsewhere.

Irina, thank you. Wish we could send you some fresh air to Moscow.

Francisca, hold on a few more months, unless your friends in Israel have airconditioning in the house and car and office and restaurants.
It can be fun to watch the foreign tourists.

VP said...

I like this place and the map you posted is very nice.

Hilda said...

I almost can't believe the hundreds of tourists behind that glass. Lovely woodwork on the patio roof and bridge. But that wind sounds nasty. I really hope your drought does not last too long this year.

Luna Miranda said...

i love the first photo; the flowers and the palm trees. looks like a tropical paradise.:p

Kaori said...

Lovely reflection :D

Turquoise Diaries said...

You have caught the reflection extremely well Dina and its a beautiful place..

cieldequimper said...

Hmmmm... and so nice too!

Sara said...

Yum, I remember St. Peter's fish served in a restaurant by the Sea of Galilee back in 1974....it was delicious. I can still see it in my mind's eye. Very crisp and tasty. Ein Gev was interesting too.

Halcyon said...

I really like this one. Combining a reflection and a bridge isn't easy!

I am still hoping to make it to Israel one of these days. I enjoy your photos in the meantime.

Louis la Vache said...

A unique contribution to both memes, Dina. «Louis» appreciates your contributions to Sunday Bridges.

JM said...

The top shot is very clever and it seems to be a beautiful place.

Suzanne said...

Love the photo for the weekend reflection, it's a lovely place. I would have also loved to have seen photos of the Galil with whitecaps. Kind of would a put a new spin on the stormy sea passage with Jesus and his disciples.