Ancient Ruins

As some may know, we’ve recently visited Israel. While this was mostly about visiting family and friends, we did get to tour around a bit. Here, for example, we visited my favourite fort:

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I’ve posted a lot of images on my Instagram feed. More importantly, each image comes with its own little story, and why it’s relevant to me and my writing of Felix’s historical-fantasy mysteries. If you’re curious about my humble photography and writing, I suggest you visit my Instagram profile, and read through the notes as well.

I will no doubt be posting more, now that I have the time to sort through the pictures. Below are just a few samples, to whet your appetite.

Old city of Jaffa:

Sunset over the Mediterranean:

The remains of the port at Caesarea Maritima. (Follow the Wikipedia link for some stunning aerial photos!)

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#caesarea maritima, #israel. Built at the late 1 century #bce by King #Herod and named after his patron #Augustus #caesar. It was built over an older #phoenician settlement, but became one of the largest cities in the area, and the administrative centre of the Roman province of #judea. It was the largest artificial #harbour at the times. The Romans had an ingenious way of using #volcanic ash, which hardens in seawater. The remains of one jetty can be seen here. The building on the top left houses a museum, and is built on the foundations of the old lighthouse. The city was active till the #Arab conquest, and then again from the #crusades till the #mameluks. (The crusader fortifications and moat still survive). The modern area is a restored national park, with many galleries, restaurants and a small beach (with incredible crystal-clear waters). There's an #aqueduct, a #hippodrome, and the Roman #theatre is still in use today, for music concerts. The site has the only inscription naming Pontius Pilate directly. Two years ago, amateur divers found a sunken ship from the fatimid era, with over 2,500 gold coins. What other ancient #mysteries are waiting to be found there? #photography #nofilter #archaeology #קיסריה # ישראל #Roman #ruins #fb

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Open-air markets:

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Clockwise from top-right: #driedfruit, #sweets (#baklava), #olives, and #spices. I already spend quite a bit of prose of the ancient #cuisine that Felix enjoys. I think detailing the type of olives he's having and his opinion on them would be a touch overboard… 😉 😂 These types of markets and stalls, with the added garden #vegetables, #pastries, dried #fish (I spared you), #cheeses, #fishsauce (unfortunately no longer sold at markets 😁) and miscellaneous sundries have survived from ancient times, though they are slowly disappearing. These pics are from the #Carmel market in #telaviv – the last one in the city. There used to be a #bedouine market near Be'er Sheba (on the road to the #deadsea), but it was recently closed after 112 years. Still, I'd love to explore #market life with Felix one day. #tlv #israel #history #fb #juno #תלאביב #ישראל #שוקהכרמל

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Hope you enjoyed the pics! More on Instagram and even more are coming 🙂


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