Magdala

Magdala – the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history was discovered in 2009. Mandatory archaeological tests required for building unearthed the only first century synagogue on the Sea of Galilee – one of only seven synagogues from this period in the world.  The remains of the 2,000 year old city of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene are still being uncovered and it is certain that Jesus visited and taught in this synagogue.

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Father Kelly

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Original 1st Century

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Wow!

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Encounter Chapel

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Boat Chapel in Duc In Altum

 

Magdala is a unique Holy Land site and home to the beautiful Duc In Altum, which provides a place for worship, mass, and prayer for all faiths.

Church of the Holy Schelpture

This is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to tradition, the church contains the two holiest sites in Christianity; the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as Calvary or “Golgotha”, and Jesus’ empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

img_6710The tomb is enclosed by the 19th-century shrine, called the Aedicule (Edicule). The church proper contains the last four or five Stations of the Via Dolorosa (Road of Sorrows), representing the final episodes of Jesus’ Passion. It has been a major Christian pilgrimage destination since it was created in the fourth century, as the traditional site of the Resurrection of Christ.

The history of this church, it’s location, validity and current statues to the property can fill a book i am sure. To close – if you have a chance – visit it – you will be moved!

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Israel – Haifa – Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

I recently spent a week in Israel, with most of the trip being a travel agent educational trip…meaning we covered more territory and saw more than the average visitor to Israel.  Long days and lots of walking and it was totally worth it!  I would love to go back and spend more time at any of the sites we visited.

I’m going to start my Israel posts with the last day of the trip – a visit to Haifa.  Haifa is the city where my parents met and married while both of them were working at the US Consulate shortly after Israel became a state.

 

This building is Stella Maris Monastery (meaning Star of the Sea), on Mount Carmel and inside, enclosed as if a precious chest is the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This was built in 1836, over the ruins of an earlier church of the Byzantines times.  It is the church where my parents were married.

Teresa Ann Constable & John Banyas

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Below are pix as the Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel looks today.

TOP 10 REASONS TO BOOK AN ADULTS-ONLY, ALL-INCLUSIVE, LUXURY VACATION

  1. ENJOY THE ALL-ADULT AMBIANCE.
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    Not matter if you’re a Millennial duo on your first getaway together or an old married couple who has finally found time for a “just us” second honeymoon or anniversary trip, a kid-free environment is way more conducive to romance.   An adults-only luxury all-inclusive lets you totally relax, be pampered and enjoy interacting with other adults. If you’re traveling with a group of friends (think guy/girlfriend getaway) you will appreciate not having to worry about having “PG” behavior for the sake of kids.
  1. PAY UP FRONT, LEAVE STREE BEHIND.
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    No one likes being nickeled-and-dimed, even if you’re not on a budget for a trip.  It’s hard to relax when you’re constantly pulling out your wallet or purse for this or that expense.  Luxury all-inclusive resorts allow you to have the kind of carefree vacation where you pre-pay one price up front and then…enjoy!
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    From the moment you arrive at a resort you know you are in for an exquisite experience with high-quality, personalized service at every turn. You won’t lose time plotting out how you will spend your day as there is personnel to assist you with booking everything from dinner reservations to onsite activities.

  1. ENJOY THE SUITE LIFE.
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    Luxury all-inclusive beach resorts cannot be beaten!  This is especially true if you book a suite that comes with a butler or concierge service who can fulfill almost any guest request. Along with top in-room amenities, you will love drinking in the views from your suite.
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    There is no better way to combine luxury and relaxation than by treating yourself to a spa treatment. And many times, use of the spa facilities (not treatments) is included in your package.
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    Today’s luxury all-inclusive resorts (four and five-star properties) take pride in the quality, variety, and elegance of their restaurants onsite. Usually, you will find an international eatery as well as other cuisines like French, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Asian and the Caribbean and sometimes an American steakhouse. An adults-only all-inclusive really shines with the dining experience;  you can look forward to a quiet, intimate meal with perhaps drinks at a bar, or by the pool and guess what – top-shelf spirits and no noisy kids.
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    Worried that all the great food and drink will go to your waist?  Included in your package is the use of a gym and fitness facilities as well as tennis and non-motorized water sports equipment (for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling) — all included! Depending upon the resort you may find organized activities like beach volleyball, dance lessons, spinning, and aerobics to mention a few. Some resorts include diving for certified divers and golf if there is a course onsite or nearby -usually for no cost or a nominal cost.
  1. . . . OR UNWIND AFTER A “HARD” DAY OF FUN!
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    A wonderful way to end the day is with a night of spectacular entertainment.   An adults-only, all-inclusive, luxury resort offers evening music and dance shows that make every evening special and unique.
  1. ROMANTIC SETTINGS FOR A WEDDING.
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    Today’s luxury all-inclusive resorts provide a variety of romantic and elegant backdrops for destination weddings AND vow renewals.  Choose from white sandy shores, tropical gardens or picturesque gazebos to make your day truly special. The pay-one-price nature of all-inclusive resorts means one less item for you (and your guests) to worry about. And many resorts have a personal wedding coordinator onsite to take care of every detail. Between the onsite wedding coordinator and your travel agent, you can relax and enjoy your special day to the fullest!
  1. GET A GROUP AND GET AWAY.
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    An adults-only, all-inclusive resort is the perfect choice for bachelor/bachelorette parties and other guy/girlfiend getaways. . .for ages 18 and older, of course.

Long Island – Bahamas

Long Island is one of the many out islands, or family islands, as they are called, of the Bahamas. Photos will paint the best picture of this island!