Favorite thing: The Gamla family of Vultures (Nesher in Hebrew) are Gyps Fulvus or Griffon Vultures. On the day we visited we were lucky enough to see them in all their glory. Gamla has an observation post where you can sit and watch them. As you can see from some of the photos I was able to see them at close range. Observing is fine, but imagine how difficult it was to catch them in flight for a good photo. What you see here is the best of dozens of photos I shot that day since the Vultures paid no heed to my requests to "slow down" in their aerial gliding performance so I could get a few shots for VT....^O^
Favorite thing: There is a beautiful waterfall in the Gamla valley which you can see from the Vulture observation point near the Gamla ruins (the first photo). There is a well marked trail that takes you from the parking lot to the waterfall, but once on the trail you will not see, hear or even know where the waterfall is till you are almost upon it (last photo with Hrvojka). Then you have to pass the waterfall by and continue for another 5 minutes till you reach an observation point on the northern rim of the valley (second, third and fourth photos with Zohara).
The ruins of Gamla, or what is left of them after the Romans destroyed the fortress, may not be the most impressive in Israel, but the VIEW from there may be. The fortress is located on the edge of a promnitory that juts out toward the valleys below. Having only a single level road for access should have made it very strong, but not as strong as the Roman legions apparently.
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Fondest memory: As you can see, Hrvojka enjoyed finding a good photo point for Gamla.
There was evidence of the citizens outside the walls of the fortress itself as you can see from this olive press that is located on the upper hillside.
I think it's almost a given that if you go to the Gamla Nature Reserve, you're sure to see a group of Israeli schoolchildren on a field day.
I was really impressed with how well behaved and organized the kids were whom I saw (and no, it wasn't because the guy bringing up the rear has a semi-automatic! That's a typical - and somewhat necessary precaution - in Israel so might as well get used to the incongruity of seeing it any and everywhere you go).
They might have been local schoolchildren from the nearby town of Tiberias, or from anywhere really. As I've said elsewhere, Israelis are born nature-lovers so it's not at all surprising to see them out and about, enjoying what they certainly do not seem to take for granted.