Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Week 3

Monday January 18th we were married for 22 years and decided to make a daytrip and take off from work. We drove to castle Montfort near Nahariya. I had been there many times before, but wanted once more to make the hike to the fortress (no access road to cars) and not just see it from the distance. Having a metal hip which only gets worse, I knew there will not be another opportunity in the future. I had to take many rests during the hike, didn't think I could do it (and didn't sleep the night after from pain LOL), but I did it and it will be the last time ever :(

The Montfort (German: Starkenberg) is a ruined crusader (Teutonic knights) fortress in the Upper Galilee region in northern Israel, about 22 miles (35 km) northeast of the city of Haifa and 10 miles (16 km) south of the border with Lebanon. The castle was destroyed by the Muslims in 1271 and never occupied after that.


Montfort seen from Goren parc.



Inside Montfort Castle (Starkenberg)



The site is now a national park inside the nature reserve of Keziv stream. We visited another historical place, than drove to Akko (Acre) to get lunch and dropped of lunch at Michal too at the Nautical College where she studies (boardingschool). On the way back I got some scrapsupplies in Haifa and we were back home around 18.00!

The weather was ok while we were on the hike but as soon as we got in the car it poured. Haifa got 86 mm overnight and in Nahariya houses were flooded! It had been raining and hail for the last 2 days now, which is super as the level of the sea of Gallilee has risen by 30 cm (our only source of drinkingwater).

the hail stones in my frontgarden and the puddle next to my frontdoor!


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