Thursday, April 10, 2008


This is a lovely place!

Coming here in the low season also means that I've avoided all of the rush that I have feeling would make this place unbearable in the Northern summer.

But now.... it's lovely.

Walking through the narrow lanes and the cobbled streets makes you feel like a Crusader who has just entered the city.

The cool winds bring the smells of the ocean as well as the smells of the markets within the walls to you.

And as you walk further, you start finding the historical buildings.
Where the traders used to bring their camels!

And the tunnels beneath the place.
Amazing stretches of underground networks that allowed the Crusaders to move from one part of the city to another undetected.
And then you see the more recent influences.

Much like the rest of the Middle East, you see the contrasts and the combinations of culture. It's particularly true in Akko. The old Templar structures are still there, but throughout the city you can see the stamp of Islam.

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