On Thursday we had out first siyul (day trip) for biblical history. We traveled to three lookouts to see the natural geography of the region.
|Our first stop was Nabi Samuel National Park; it has been a mosque, church, synagogue and was a lookout point for the Crusaders|
From this view the Crusaders first saw Jerusalem. Nebi Samuel recently begun excavations and stables were found.
|my friend Jenn and I at Nebi Samuel|
Our second site was the Ramlat Rachel archeology gardens. Researchers are not sure whose settlement this was but we know they had cisterns for water and had a view of Bethlehem.
Cool structure with olive trees on top. Naturally, we had to climb it!
Our last stop was haas promenade, which as you can see, as a gorgeous view of Jerusalem and the old city. Fun fact: hadn't been here since I was on birthright!