Last Saturday, there was the "Feast of the Loaves and Fishes" at the Benedictine monastery of Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee.
We took this as an occasion for a short trip to the North.
Since this was a last minute decision, and since the country is packed with tourists, it was not easy to find accomodation. Eventually, we found a cabin at the Nof Ginossar Country Lodging, which we booked through the Kibbutz Hotels' website on the Internet. The rate was $150 for the three of us, including breakfast - I think a very fair price, given the high season and the weekend. The cabins are very basic, but sparkling clean: simple wood furniture, tiled floors, very small bathroom, kitchenette. The meals are served at the hotel next door. Food was abundand and delicious. And while the hotel might be a little bit more fancy than the cabins of the country lodging, I felt that the latter was definitely the better choice. The hotel is a kind of a big "tour group processing machine", while the country lodging, located in beautiful gardens, is much more authentic. Many Israeli families spend the weekend there, and we really enjoyed it.
We spend a lazy Friday afternoon and evening in the gardens and on the beach of the Kibbutz and had a wonderful buffet dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Saturday morning, we celebrated the "Feast of the Loaves and the Fishes" together with the local Christians at the Benedictine monastery of Tabgha - a very joyful event!
Then we went to the Jordan River Park, because we would have loved to do some kayaking at "Abu Kayak", as suggested on tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293977-i1733-k395… . Unfortunately, we were tod that the kayaking season has ended and the place is closed. Thus, we toured the Golan Hights, had a look at the abandoned town of Quneitra from the opposite side as described on tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294004-i2871-k392… - went out for a little hike, and bought loads of delicious local apples. (Since last week, my wife has been baking fresh apple strudel almost every day...)
Then we went for a wonderful meal at the witch's restaurant in Nahal Nimrod as suggested on tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293977-i1733-k395… . It has been said that this restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Israel. Well, it is a good restaurant. Maybe, it is an excellent restaurant. Whether it is one of the best restaurants in Israel - I would doubt that. As a first course, we had local herb cream soup and the house salad - excellent! Our little one was already full and happy after the first course - thus, he went playing outside with some local kids, while my wife and I ordered the main course. I had chicken in champagne sauce - excellent! - while my wife took a vegetarian casserole - big mistake! The taste was quite boring, as if they had forgotten to put the spices. It is a non-kosher restaurant. They serve meat and cheese. Maybe, one should not order something completely vegetarian in such a place.
However, they also sell excellent local cheese at the restaurant. We bought two different kinds which are very tasty indeed.
When we returned, we were stopped by the police for a routine control. Big shock: I had not been aware that my Israeli driving license had expired some ten days ago. Thus, I got a ticket from the police. I did not have to pay a fine, but: "You are in the computers now", the policeman told me. I don't know what that means exactly, but I suppose I should be very careful now.
Late at night we arrived back to Jerusalem. It was a very nice weekend indeed.Edited: 19 November 2010, 19:05