Two weeks ago I decided it was time to take a break from being a part time resident and revert to tourist. I went for 2 nights and two and half days up north.
I stayed at the Hacienda Forest View in Ma’alot. It was a beautiful comfortable hotel with an attached spa complex. (Which I didn’t have time to use but I did peak in and see it) I also saw all the room types, so I can answer questions if anyone is interested. My design was a slow paced rambling trip.
Anyway, late Monday afternoon I left Netanya and drove north. My first stop was Ein Hod. Much of the Village is closed on a Monday, but I was able to visit the Janco-Dada Museum and the Art and Wear Gallery. I had been there before and the Museum was closed but it was important, for various personal reasons to me that I visit it. I also bought a pomegranate shaped scarf clip.
I then went to the En Afeq Nature Reserve. It is a wetland nature reserve. The place was almost deserted and I was able to see lots of wildlife. If you stood still and just listened, you realized how noisy the environment really is. There is also a small Crusader Fortress at the site.
Tuesday I went to the Bar’am National Park. There is an ancient synagogue located there. http://tinyurl.com/74mntfo. From there onward to the Bar-David Museum located on Kibbutz Baram. The museum has Judaica exhibits and art exhibits. I was pleasantly surprised to find a large exhibit of art by Yitzhak Greenfield. He is a friend’s cousin and years ago I had visited his studio in Ein Kerem in order to bring a litho back to the US, as a gift from him to my friends. After I stopped at the galil mountain winery and inquired about a tour. I decided it was too long and would look elsewhere. However, since I was very close to the Lebanese border I went north to an outlook (whose name I am forgetting) After I went to the Adir Winery. They have a movie about both their cheese and winemaking operations. This is a small boutique winery. The sky was getting darker. Once inside it started to pour and I realized I would have to spend extra time in this location. I managed to taste 6 different kinds of wine (small amounts, I WAS driving) and different types of goat cheese. I then went to the adjoining café for a large salad for lunch. Two hours later, I was sober and it wasn’t raining. (Not that I had never NOT been sober) Inasmuch as I wasn’t that far from Nahariya I decided I wanted to revisit and see what the Ga’aton River that flows up the center of this picturesque town looks like when it actually has water in it. (Which it doesn’t have in the summer) I returned to the hotel and had a light dinner in the dairy restaurant.
Wednesday morning I started at the Ma’alot Tarshiha Museum. Following that, on to Yehiam National Park. This is a major fortress that was originally Roman and Byzantine and then rebuilt by the Crusaders and then during the Ottoman time. Lots of climbing and lots of great views. After that on to Tefen Open Museum. Didn’t really know what to expect but it is really a series of museums and exhibits. Good place for families, you’ll find something everyone will enjoy here. http://tinyurl.com/77ubr9y At this point I was exhausted and having the luxury of being a part time resident I decided that it was time to head home!
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