Friday, May 21, 2010


I visited this city during our April 2010 trip to Israel and Jordan. Israel has so many different climate zones, and this one is probably the most beautiful for someone who grew up in a cold weather climate, like myself.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Safed (Tzfat; ᚢafad), also known as Zefat, is a city in the northern part of Israel. Located at an altitude of 900 metres (2,953 ft), Zefat is the highest city in the Galilee and of Israel. Due to its high altitude, Zefat experiences warm summers and cold, and often snowy winters. Since the sixteenth century, Zefat has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias.  
We went to this city in the evening, and the pictures were taken when it was already dark.

Sunset view.

The view of the Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee, also Lake of Gennesaret).
The city has an Ashkenazi Quarter and a Sepahardic quarter, where you can see people in traditional black suits and hats. Women wear long skirts and hats, too. There is also an area with the art galleries, a big tourists attraction.

The city of Zefat may look differently when lighted by a sunshine, but it will always remain in my memory filled with this golden light from the street light poles, with those beautiful reflections on the ancient stone pavement, and with those quiet streets filled with a fresh mountain air.

To be continued with short stories about Jordan, Akko, animals etc.

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