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Background: Nehariya, meaning “River of God” in Hebrew, is one of the northern most cities on the Mediterranean Coast, just 6 miles south of Lebanon. The town was founded in the 1930s and is now a slow paced town, known for its sunny beaches and open air promenades. Because of its proximity to Lebanon the town has been the target of Hezbollah’s Katyusha rocket fire, resulting in civilian casualties and the evacuation of 2/3s of the population (the rest in bomb shelters). Its economy (dominated by tourism), has since been badly hurt.

Impressions: Nahariya reminded me a lot of Santa Cruz, but with warmer water, less surfers, and less people. The city is now described as a municipal retirement home, and as a result nothing much goes on there. There were rumors that a 4000 year old Canaanite Temple stood near the beach in the city. It was very difficult to find and we’re not even sure if what we saw was it. Either way it wasn’t too impressive..

~ by jonathanmtsai on May 29, 2011.

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