Visiting The Holy Land

Israel
We are here!
Praise the Lord!

The journey was long. We met the shuttle at 12:30 pm, Wednesday for our ride to LAX in order to meet our Calvary Chapel group at 2:30 pm. Surprise surprise surprise we made it in one hour! We met Pastor Shad and picked up our passport and itinerary, checked our bags and were off to San Francisco-almost. We had about a 3 + hour wait. The plane was a little late and San Fran had too many flights- but no worries.



We made it to San Fran about 7:15. Then off to the international terminal.

Israelis have much better security than we do. We had our passports checked at least 5 times including a search of self and belongings. I'm OK with that but so sad it's necessary. We sat on the runway for a long time it seemed but finally, we were in the air on our way across the world.

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We flew over CA, the NE tip of NV the SE tip of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, thru the middle of Canada, across what looked like the east arctic frozen tundra on the map. Then back down over Norway, Sweden, the Baltic Sea, Poland, various smaller countries, Turkey, the Mediterranean Sea and finally Tel Aviv.


It was interesting to watch the day turn to night to day and again night as we soared at 600mph, almost 39,000 feet thru various time zones. At one point while Eric and I were up stretching by the galley, I looked out a small window and saw the most beautiful site, clouds as far as the eye could see with the moon shining on them casting everything in the most glorious shade of blue.

No camera, of course, but spectacular.

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This flight lasted about 14 hours later, yuck! Unfortunately, they didn't seat Eric and me together. Luckily the were able to upgrade him slightly to "economy plus". Still cramped but if you knew Eric and his very long legs you would understand that those long legs wouldn't have made it in economy class. We both managed a little sleep and were served two dinners. Chicken or pasta after takeoff and chicken or pasta before landing. I guess technically it was night in Israel, even though it was breakfast for us.





The Tel Aviv Airport is modern. More security at the airport. We had long lines to go through passport check. They weren't messing around. About an hour later we were gathered together





With our group luggage in hand heading for our tour bus. At 10:22 pm Thursday, Pastor Shad prayed. Thanking the Lord for this wonderful blessing. My eyes teared up knowing I was finally here in God's land, one flowing with milk and honey!


And we were off again - from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem -a 45-minute drive.

At last, we arrived at the David Citadel Hotel. Beautiful!

They greeted us warmly with our choice of OJ, Grapefruit juice, and sweet goodies.

Finally in our room around midnight. The accommodations are excellent and the bed looks heavenly. Can't wait to stretch out this tired but happy body.



Until next time, Shalom from the Holy Land. ~ Debbie


Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her children and grandchildren.



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