The Crusaders battled here in 1187 and were defeated by the Muslim forces. Well, we climbed the Horns of Hattin and I can vouch this is no easy climb!
We left our gypsy camp after a lovely breakfast of homemade quiche, salad from the garden, cantaloupe and an eggplant dish that was delicous. We ate with Victor from Lyon, France. A funny guy who had just quit his job as a social worker and is now planning to open his own spiritual center featuring yoga and other forms of relaxation and meditation. He kept us laughing! Victor started out after us this morning and got lost about as many times as we did, so we finally started walking together around 11AM and did better reading the signs and the GPS. Takes 3 sometimes!!! He convinced us to take a “shortcut” which meant we climbed over the Horns of Hattin. Breathtaking views, but a real killer on the legs and feet. Victor hurt so much that he hitchhiked when we got to the road below!
We ran into a slight snag in our plans. After walking to Moshe Arbel and finally finding the apartment we rented in the first floor of a house, we discovered that all grocery stores and all restaurants were closed. Not that there are many, but we googled and found one store and one restaurant nearby. It is the last day of Passover and apparently a holiday for Druze (many of whom live in this area). Luckily, the man who owns this place had pity on us and brought us some food for dinner …….and we quickly signed up for breakfast in the morning. The town is literally shut down. No stores, no transportation, no nothing!
The last 3 photo are from this morning at Ilaniya and the rest are from our walk- mostly around and over the Horns of Hattin.