rockets and playgrounds
We were staying near Bnai Zion Medical Center, just in front of it there is a small playground. It’s nothing special but worth to write a few lines because our local friend told us that it was built on the spot where a Hezbollah missile fell, it was one of the 93 (!) that hit the city during the second Lebanon War causing panic on its citizens! It was during the Israel Lebanon war in 2006, those rocket attacks wounded thousands all over Israel and killed 40 civilians (some of them in Haifa) and leading half of Haifa’s population fleeing at the end of the frist week of the war. Some years before (from 1999 to 2003) there were several Palestinian suicide attacks in Haifa that caused killing of 68 civilians…
There’s no logic in such attacks and obviously I wont go into politics here but makes you wonder what they had in mind strucking Haifa, a mixed city (ethnically and religiously)… I’m sure when the air-raid sirens wailed that day everyone must be scared to death as they run for cover into underground shelters. Of course civilians were killed on the other side of the border too…. Walking around Baha’i Gardens I was thinking if peace have any chance at this small part of the world…
Joni Mitchell sings something similar in her song The Fiddle and the Drum:
And so once again / My dear Johnny my dear friend
And so once again you are fightin' us all
And when I ask you why / You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall
Oh, my friend / How did you come / To trade the fiddle for the drum
If you happen to be in the Carmel Center area and you are going to the downtown, why not to descend by the chain of stairways? This trail goes more or less along the Carmelit underground funicular line. It will give you a unique opportunity to discover a number of the neighborhoods from “inside”. Going down the stairways is easy: when a particular stairway ends by approaching a street, the continuation stairs are either just across the street or some 100-200 meters down the street.
You will pass the fashionable Carmel area (5-start hotels, bars and restaurants), the lovely Upper Hadar with its nice backyards, the more ugly but interesting Lower Hadar, the shopping Hertzel street, the historical downtown.
The trail I mention here is borken by the Haneviim (Profits) street towards the black glass Haneviim Tower. There are also a couple of other stairway lines from both side of this trail. Anyway, you will never get lost since the direction is obvious – downstairs.
Visit sculptures garden at En Carmel
Kibutz En Carmel has an amazing selection of large scale, mythical style sculptures. This is not archeology they are made by one of the Kibbutz members. Inspiring.
Kibbutz En Carmel is located 15 minutes south of Haifa on Road 4.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Waldheim - Aloney Abba
If you enjoyed the German Colony, you might want to visit another German place not far from Haifa. There are actually two of them, one in Galilean Bethlehem and the other in the nearby Aloney Abba. If you go by car from Haifa towards Nazareth or Tiberias, you should take a slight detour and go there. The two villages are located in the middle of an oak forest. The old houses are restored and you can find a lot of tourist attractions like galleries, restaurants and cafés.
Haifa sunset watching
During a recent buisness trip, I was allowed to stay at the Dan Haifa Carmel Hotel (which is a trip back in history). Off the beaten path: You you are allowed access to the business lounge (and the staff was exceptional friendly) you can sip a glass of Carmel wine and wach the city harbour and right over to the border of Lebanon.
What a wonderful tranquil place (well, as always, looking from a distance).
We walked all the way down to Isabella, a restaurant downtown. There is a cable car back, but it closes operation at 11pm.Related to:
- Business Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
City Built on Hills
As you will notice, Haifa is not flat city.... its built up on hills and going down to the sea.
the hills of Haif gives the city a special charm and a feeling of calmness... as you going down from the hills you can notice the difference in the buidings architecture.... from the glassed hotels and offices near the sea, up to the German Colony, the Bahai Garden, the Middle Estern style of buildings that were built before the country was established (my favourite part in Haifa) and the comfortable new neighborhoods that been built lately.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Folk dancing on the beach
Israelies, all ages, love to dance folk dances. every suterday evening there is a free dance in Dado beach. You can come to watch, or join in. You don't have to be a good dancer, or know the steps, just get the hang of it as you join
little white chappel on the cliff
Walking around Haifa, I stumbled across this hidden little Christian Ortodox Chappel on the cliff overlooking the Mediterenian
Take a walk on the Dor beach
Dor/Nahsholim beach is located 20 mintues south of Haifa. It has a beutifull tiny bay and some small islands (or large rocks) just off the shore. Very relaxing place.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Haifa is on the north of Israel,
go more north, to the Galilee,
beautiful mountains, valleys and nature.
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