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Travel in our modern times has become darkened sometimes with thoughts of personal security in our increasingly ‘hostile’ world.
We are encouraged to be aware of what is going on around us and to steer clear of the ‘suspicious’.
That has always been good advice, especially when it comes to the possibility of offending people whose customs may differ from ours.
This is especially important during times that there may be a ‘push back’ against what can be discerned as ‘ugly Americans’ acting in a brash, even critical manner when frustrated by some apparent lack of service to which they have become accustomed back home.
Better, by far, is to be on the look out for the kindnesses that are often extended by really lovely people who are eager to share time with someone from a far distant land.
This takes time but it is so important in our impatient, fast moving world. We need to know that all major religions for example, can in fact, practice tolerance toward one another’s faith where the commandment to “…love our neighbor as our self” is so common to so many differing codes of conduct.
I have had the great good fortune to travel widely and in doing so to have spent real time with what I might have seen as ‘foreigners’ and yet, in a short time, many have become dear friends.
To expect an olive-skinned person to be a potential suicide bomber and, as a result, to draw back from a close encounter, could become, over time, a form of paranoia that could keep good, well meaning, tolerant people….like you?….at home!
Let’s get out there, meet people, learn their customs and enjoy our diverse world.
It can be a better place if we convert paranoia into positive, enjoyable conversations.
—- UPDATED DECEMBER 7 —-
Israel Restoration & Wine Tour
I just received this from my dear friend Bill Sharman. He had read my blog ‘Flying Solo’ and wanted to offer a very practical way of putting my idea into practice. I cannot go myself but have been at many of the sites he proposes and knowing his 20-year track record of loving, careful, warm and welcoming fellowship, I did want to pass it on to you. What an excellent way to live our ‘lightened’ lives in darkened times?
The inspiration for this trip comes from Amos 9:13-15, where we read,
“The days are coming,” announces the Lord.
“At that time those who plow the land
will catch up with those who harvest the crops.
Those who stomp on grapes
will catch up with those who plant the vines.
Fresh wine will drip from the mountains.
It will flow down from all the hills.
I will bring my people Israel back home.
I will bless them with great success again.
They will rebuild the destroyed cities and live in them.
They will plant vineyards and drink the wine they produce.
They will make gardens and eat their fruit.
I will plant Israel in their own land.
They will never again be removed
from the land I have given them…”
Here’s what is in place for the trip…
Israel Restoration & Wine Tour
12-23 Feb 2016
Hosted by Bill Sharman
Touring officially begins the morning of 14 Feb 2016 –Airfare NOT included– Each traveler will make their own flight arrangements to & from Tel Aviv, Israel.
It’s recommended to arrive from overseas NO LATER than 5:30p on 13 Feb 2016
Earliest departure for leaving Israel is recommended NO EARLIER than 11:30p on 22 Feb 2016
Credit card deposit of $500 will hold your reservation (email your intent to make deposit to email@example.com — I will respond with directions for the traveler to follow)
SITES (partial list)
Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Megiddo, Mt. Arbel, Magdala, Kfar, Haruv,Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Beit Shean, Kaser El Yahud, Mt of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, City of David, Siloam Pool, Masada, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Garden Tomb, Temple Mount, Yad Vashem.
WINERIES (partial list)
Chateau Golan, Pelter Boutique, Psagot, Sea Horse, Ella Valley.
FEB 13-14, 2016 Leonardo Plaza Hotel
Netanya 1 night
FEB 14-17, 2016 Nof Ginosar Hotel
Tiberias 3 nights
FEB 17-22, 2016 Dan Boutique Hotel
Jerusalem 5 nights
$2590.00 per person sharing double room for 20-24 passengers
(price will drop if we gain more members in the group) $800.00 per person for the single supplement
Airport assistance arrival & departure. Accommodation at the above hotels (or similar) for 9 nights. Breakfast & dinner daily at hotels. All entrance fees to sites & wine tastings. Guide & bus. Tips for hotels, guide & driver. Hotel porters.
Itinerary & hotels subject to change
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