Israel: Haifa-Yad Vashem

Hello there! It’s Friday today and so our Israel tour continues to Day 3

Elijah’s Cave
On our 3rd day, dad wanted us to try out Israel’s Railway system and asked for the nearest train station. There are actually 4 stations within Tel Aviv, the one nearest to the Hostel and bus station was the HaHagana Station. It is followed by HaShalom, Tel Aviv-Savidor and Tel Aviv University.
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Our schedule was to visit Elijah’s Cave in Haifa. There are 3 stations in Haifa, namely HaShmona, Bat Galim and Haifa Center. Being impulsive as I am, I did no research as to where of this possible stations could lead us to Elijah’s Cave. Rather I randomly picked the Center, thinking that it was there.

The train ride to Haifa was pleasant and I slept soundly. Unfortunately, we missed our station. 😅 Thankfully, we were told that as long as you didn’t swipe your card yet you can transfer to the other platform going back. This time, we asked for help and went down to Haifa HaShmona. However, before we swiped our cards we asked if this was near to Elijah’s Cave and began showing pictures. One blessing was that the trains and stations offer free wifi, which made it easier to communicate. The kind man told us to go down in Bat Galim.

Finally getting it right, from Bat Galim, we took a cab to Elijah’s Cave. Be sure to say Prophet Elijah’s Cave. We had a little mix up of who’s who. Anyhoots, the view beside the cave was a wondrous sight to behold.
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Cable Car
Going down from Elijah’s Cave we went to ride the Cable Car going to Stella Maris. A famous monastery in Haifa, which is coincidentally the name of our street back home. It cost us 31 ILS/person for a roundtrip ticket.
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Up in Stella Maris and near the Observatory we had a hearty meal. Then headed down again. My mum, was shaking throughout the ride. 😆
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Israeli National Maritime Museum (w/ entrance fee)
Sadly, as much as I want to but we went there a few minutes before closing time. So we only had to enjoy the sights around it.
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Bat Galim Beach
We then walked (as usual) back to the station. Which is quite a long one too. However the view is a killer! In a good way of course. 🙂 The 3rd day ended with our feet aching but our hearts blessed.
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Day 4
We decided to go back to Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem and the Old City once again. Like the usual we walked to the bus station in Levinski or you can hail a cab which costs around 40-50 ILS for 4 people. We rode the 405 bus and headed to Jerusalem.
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Yad Vashem and Connecting Path
From Jerusalem Central Station,we rode the Tram going to Mt. Herzl. Paying for a ticket in the Tram was easy as long as you have the exact fare. It is quite similar to Hong Kong’s MTR. From Mt. Herzl station, it takes around a 15 to 20 minute walk going to Yad Vashem, or you may opt to wait for the Free Shuttle they offer.
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If you walked, nearing the area you can sidetrack a bit to visit the Connecting Path and pay respects to the tombstones of Israel’s Great Leaders and heroes. You may also visit the Herzl Museum but we weren’t able to go through.
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Tomb of Yitzhak Rabin and his wife

Instead we walked back to Yad Vashem, which means “a memorial and a name”. It was built in memory of the Holocaust victims during the World War 2 under the Nazi regime. Inside the museum, you aren’t allowed to take photos. It was a somberly tour to see what the Jews and the people who helped them had gone through. But looking at the end, the Lord has preserved His people. Israel, today still stands as a strong nation.

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Right after Yad Vashem and some souvenir shopping, we headed back to the Tram and went down to Damascus Gate for our hearty late lunch.
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Old City
We then toured the stations of the cross in Via Dolorosa up to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We wanted to see the Garden Tomb, but our feet are achingly bad and Day 5 had some interesting adventures that we have to physically prepare for.
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Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

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