Thursday we went to Israel’s northernmost city on the coast, Rosh ha-Nikra, on the border with Lebanon.

On the road to Rosh ha-Nikra:

The main attraction here are the grottoes that were formed by thousands of years of erosion of the white cliffs by the Mediterranean. Its the only place in Israel where the land drops sharply to the sea without a sandy beach in between. To get to the grottoes, we took the steepest cable car in the world down to the water’s edge.

Rosh ha-Nikra cable car to the grottoes

We made our way along the slippery paths to explore the natural tunnels carved out of the mountain.

We're inside the grotto looking out onto kayakers who've paddled to where the Med. Sea meets the cliffs.

Rosh ha-Nikra grotto

The "Whale's Maw

Watching scuba divers

Looking out onto the Mediterranean - we want to kayak on our next visit!

The buoy at the far left marks the border with Lebanon

When the British were in charge, they began boring a railroad tunnel through the mountain with the idea of building a railroad that ran continuously from Egypt north through Turkey into Europe. In one of the tunnels, we watched a movie of the history of this site. The Hagana blew up one of the railroad bridges just before the war of independence to prevent Lebanon from reaching Israel easily.

We wound down our week of travels with a sukkot party at Yaffa & Menachem’s. All of the “big boys” were very careful & sweet with Noah, which helped ease some of his worries about returning to school on Fri. It’s been an amazing week full of excitement (a little too much sometimes), but we are ready to start thinking about work again.

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