Friday, June 22, 2012

Sights to See: Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Israel


Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation/Church of St. Gabriel/St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church  Probably established in Byzantine-era Palestine, this Eastern Orthodox church was rebuilt during the Crusades and again in the 18th century.  It currently serves Nazareth’s Arab citizens.  The church is located over an underground spring, which according to Eastern Orthodox belief is where at the time of the Annunciation the Virgin Mary got her water.  Water from the spring still runs inside the church apse and also feeds into the adjacent Mary's Well, located 150 yards from the church.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Good Eats: St. Peter Fish & Grill Restaurant, Capernaum, Israel

St. Peter Fish & Grill Restaurant  Not only does this large and popular restaurant overlook the Sea of Galilee, but visitors here dine at long tables on an assortment of delicious shared salads plus their own farmed whole talapia—almost like folks did back when the fish actually came from the Galilee.


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Sights to See: The Yigal Alon Center, Capernaum, Israel


The Yigal Alon Center  Kibbutz Ginosar 1490, 972-4-672-770.  A decade ago, a 2,000-year-old fishing boat (from the 1st century A.D.) was discovered buried in the Sea of Galilee mud.  Nicknamed the “Jesus Boat,” it is displayed in a protected environment in a grand new center where it is still undergoing conservation.  Jerome Hall, from U.C. San Diego, is documenting the boat.  “I’d like to get into the mind of the person who built the boat,” he says.  “Laying under here for 16 years I’ve heard everything,” he adds.  Hall is currently finishing a book about the boat.  “The boat has its own story to tell in its wood.”  He thinks the boat was built from pieces of other boats and that it was sitting on the shore being taken apart when something cataclysmic happened and it was covered with mud.  He thinks the boat builder was brilliant but limited by what was available.  “He built the boat he could, not the one he wanted.”


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Friday, June 15, 2012

Good Eats: Xantener Eck, Berlin, Germany



Xantener Eck  Xantener Strasse 1, (0 30) 8 83 90 14. B-L-D daily (opens at 9am). In business here since 1907, this cozy corner beer pub serves up great brew and inexpensive traditional German fare.  

Pension HotelPension Rheingold  Xantener Straße. 9, + 49(0)30 885961-0.  Includes breakfast.  This attractive, well-priced B&B-style lodging is just a few doors away.  
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sights to See: Regensburg, Germany


Located at the northern-most point of the upper Danube River and an easy 1½-hour train ride northwest of Munich, this prosperous town was the original capital of Bavaria (about 900 years ago).  A two-night stay will let you see the important sights.  Read more. 


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sights to See: Hemingway Home & Museum, Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway seems to haunt every part of laid-back Key West.  Here, at the literal end of the road, everyone has a story about him.  Even the descendents of his own polydactyl (six-toed) cat, Snowball. Read the entire story.  


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