I was told that in Jerusalem you pray… in Tel Aviv you play… and in Haifa you work. (I was kind of disappointed that it didn’t rhyme). Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and this is a continuation of a single day’s worth of whirlwind site seeing. If you haven’t read part 1 you can read it at Weekend and Work Travel (Part 1)
I didn’t get to spend much time in Haifa… just 30 minutes and they were all spent looking down at the Bahai Gardens. What an amazing site to see…. not only can you see the gardens but you have a fantastic view of the city and the port. Before I share those pictures… here is one for my wife.
Now… to the Gardens… The Bahai gardens are known as the “hanging gardens of Haifa” These terraced gardens surround the Shrine of Báb. When I was told this… I thought it was the “shrine of Bob”… a much funnier name. I am not very familiar with the Bahai religion but I can tell you that their gardens are breathtaking.
Here is the gate at the top of the gardens. I could not get an unobstructed view so I took just the top part of the gate. There is something intriguing about the white glass ball and the iron work around it. Fantastic Gate!… I think this could be a new love affair… I am very fond of this gate. (It was also awesome because our guide got in a huge argument with the guard at the gate… our guide left us while yelling… “I will not take responsibility for all of these people… they are adults…. You are all being insulted by this guard”)
As you enter you view all of the “levels”…. and how the gardens are immaculately groomed. You will also note the incredible view of the city below. This would be an amazing place to have a drone camera.
The gardens have really interesting places to explore and even share a romantic moment. This couple was enjoying one of those “romantic” moments until they realized I was lurking in the back of this tunnel trying to take a picture of that “moment”
Is it weird taking a picture of someone you don’t know who is taking a picture of someone else?… and would it be weirder if they didn’t’ know each other? (I wanted to ask if they knew each other… but I talked myself out of it… would have been too hard to explain why I was asking)
It is getting late so I am going to share two last pictures and while I do that… I will be wishing that I was a better photographer… My pictures just don’t seem to do this place justice.
Please stay near…. Part 3 will be coming soon!