Sunday, June 14, 2009

Two Cities by the Sea

In April we spent nine days visiting the Baha'i holy places in Haifa and Akka, two cities on the edge of the Mediterranean that hold a special significance for all Baha'is.

In Akka we walked the paths of history through the ancient city, following in footsteps made over a century ago.




In the rooms, the courtyards, and the gardens we passed through in Haifa and Akka, the air is heavy with the weight of the prayers and thoughts of hundreds of thousands of visitors to these sacred places.






We had time to reflect, to remember our loved ones, to soak in the beauty, to breathe those Mediterranean breezes touched ever so slightly with the scent of roses, and to refresh our minds and hearts.






More photos on Flickr.

10 comments:

Ashkon said...

What an amazing place to be!

montague said...

Ashkon, you make it sound like you were not there!
But I wasn't! So thanks for the photos, they bring back good memories.

leila said...

these are amazing amazing amazing. i lived there for almost three years and you made me see it anew. BEAUTIFUL! thank you.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Ash, Montague and Leila! I wanted the photos to convey a bit of the peaceful feeling of those surroundings. I hope they did!

Robin said...

very gorgeous photos! it looks like an amazing trip!

Sabrina said...

Oh what a breathtaking set of pictures! I'm amazed by
all those beautiful red flowers- especially the brilliant blossoms on the tree. I wonder what kind of tree it is...

limonana said...

incredible photos! thanks for sharing your beautiful experience...

Elizabeth said...

Robin - Ah it was lovely. Wish I were still there!

Sabrina - I was mesmerized by that fiery tree against the blue sky! I also wonder what kind it is.

Limonana - Thanks sweetie!

jenica said...

these pictures are GORGEOUS!

Chessa! said...

what beautiful images and what an inspiring place.