Day 8: From the Mount of Beatitudes to the Sea of Galilee

In many respects, today was another "day o' churches." It was also a day where Miriam was constantly looking forward to going swimming. That's the problem when your child develops a little something called "memory:" they remember when you promise to do stuff. I told Miriam in the morning that she had to be well behaved because we were going swimming later. So every time we got off the bus, she thought that was the moment for swimming.


First up was the Church of the Beatitudes, perched on a picturesque hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee.The grounds of this church, like most we've seen, were immaculately kept and very beautiful.


In the distance, you can see the rocky hilltop where I had a Lizzie Bennett moment two days earlier. The Sea is waaaay down at the bottom of it. Needless to say, we did not go swimming here.


Instead, we walked down the field-y hillside to the Sea, as Jesus must have done many times. It was a gorgeous walk and the day wasn't too hot yet.

Miriam thought the time for swimming had arrived when we got to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. But instead, we just dipped our toes in the Sea of Galilee and then continued onward. It was amazing to finally touch the water since my entire previous experience with the Sea of Galilee before this trip was gazing at it from a distance from a promontory at Omm Qais.


Still no swimming, but an enjoyable boat ride. The crew of the boat did a fancy demonstration with a fishing net (somewhat modernized) to show us what it would have been like to be a fisherman back in Jesus' time. We must not have had enough faith, though, because the net came up empty every time.

At the same complex where we hired the boat ride, we passed up an opportunity to see the "Jesus Boat." What we did not pass up was the chance to use the complex's nice bathrooms.

Day 8: From one shore to another

Day 7: Mary's Well & Old Nazareth