|The Behai Gardens and|
Shrine of the Bab.
As we neared the Gardens, one can see the UNESCO Place for Tolerance and Peace just across the street. The Garden is a series of 18 terraces. In the center is The Shrine of the Bab. The shrine is in celebration of Siyyid 'Ali'-Muhammad who, in 1844, announced that he had been sent by G-d to prepare humanity for a New Age and the imminent appearance of another Messenger. The Shrine is his burial place. An interesting aspect of the Baha'i faith is that it has no clergy. Its affairs are administered by a series of "elected councils" at the local, national and international levels. Additionally, they take no donations to support its "World Centre". All of the costs associated with the World Centre are supported by voluntary contributions from Bahai faithful around the world.
|Linda with Haifa below|
the first level of the Garden
We plan to spend a quiet day around the Inn until Shabbat ends at sunset. Many activities will pick up again and we'll see what peaks our interest.
6 p.m. -- We ventured out for a "last meal" in Haifa. As we walked along Jaffa Street, we noticed the shops and cafe's opening. It was very near sundown and as Shabbat ends, the city comes to life. Once on Ben Gurion Street, we found an interesting restaurant called Havana Plus. After looking over the menu, we decided to stay and enjoy a meal and conversation.
So, tomorrow we head off to Tel Aviv in the morning for our last full day in Israel. It'll be nice to get back to the "beach town". I want to do some final shopping, so the Ha Carmel Market is the perfect place for buying the last of our "souvenirs".
Ciao for now. . .