Monday, February 15, 2016

The Ancient City of Acre

Our second day in Tel Aviv was spent at Acre (or Akko as it's most commonly spelled), which is a huge ancient ruins sight. It's one of the oldest sites in the world and is important because it traditionally linked the commercial activity with Levant. It was also a city that has caused a lot of tension between Israel and Palestine, so it has a lot of history outside of the ruins as well.

Acre is also the holy city of the Bahai Faith, so we started off the morning by stopping at the Bahai Gardens. Unfortunately, it was raining, so we couldn't go in, but we were able to look down upon them from the street and they were beautiful. They're extremely well manicured and green. It would have been nice to go in, but I honestly think the best view was from the top.

After our stop there, we made it to the ancient ruins. Before entering, we watched a super cheesy introduction video, but it was helpful because it provided a lot of background information about the sight. David was with us and was also able to provide a lot of little tidbits of information as we explored. The sight itself is extremely well-preserved and is huge, so it took a while to explore. I really enjoyed walking around the ruins because there was lots of ancient art, as well as videos and ancient games set up to play. It was interactive, which helps to make exploring a huge sight like that more fun.  

A recently discovered underground tunnel!

That city across the water is Haifa

Once we were done exploring the ruins, we headed back to David and Kristy's house to meet up with Kristy and the kids. After a few hours of hanging out and relaxing, the adults hit the town! Ha! David and Kristy had gotten a baby-sitter so the adults went out to dinner while the kids got to hang out at home. We had a ton of fun with David and Kristy. We went to dinner at this bar that was recommended by some of David's Israeli friends and it was delicious. Afterwards, we hit up the number one bar in the Middle East, but not before a pit stop at a bar that had chips and dip! Chips and dip are definitely an American thing and I think all four of us were more excited than we should have been to find authentic tortilla chips and salsa. The number one bar was pretty cool, although my drink was super strong and it was a struggle to finish.

It was an awesome day. David was a great tour guide in Acre and we had a lot of fun ending the day with a night on the town.

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