Sally Byler is a retired teacher from Jackson and Patricia Whitlock, is retired from Kyger Creek Electric Plant and a resident of Point Pleasant. Both women recently traveled to Israel and beyond.
On April 12, they flew to Mumbai, India and embarked from their journey to Israel. They toured the city of Mumbai, including the Gandhi Museum, Mumbai Gardens and others. They cruised on the ship Nautica and several days later, they arrived in Salalah, Oman.
They toured the city and saw camels on the beach, bought frankincense from local vendors and visited Job’s Tomb. Later they arrived in Aqaba, Jordan. They toured the city, saw archaeological sites; the world’s oldest church, and the Ayla fortress, built in 1650 A.D. Next they arrived in Luxor, Egypt where many of the world’s monuments stand. They reported they went through 16 check points on their 3.5 hour bus ride from the port to city, where they toured Luxor Temple and Valley of the Kings. The next day they went on a desert jeep safari to visit a Bedouin settlement where they rode a camel.
Then they arrived in Israel. The first day, they went to Jerusalem and entered the Garden of Gethsemane. They went to the Wailing Wall, Calvary, Golgotha, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They also went to Bethlehem to Manger Square and Church of the Nativity which is built over the grotto where Jesus was born.
The next day they went to Jerusalem to the Basilica of Annunciation. They also went to Cana, Tabgha, and the Mount of Beatitudes, then on to Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. They also put their feet in the River Jordan.
Next, they cruised on to Pafos, Cypress. Here they saw the Dionysos mosaics from the third century A.D. They went to the House of Eustolios to see the Greco-Roman theater built in the second century B.C.
The next day they cruised to the Greek island of Patmos, visiting the tomb of Saint John’s Cave, where John reportedly wrote the Book of Revelation. Next, they toured Saint John’s Monastery. The next day, they cruised to the Greek island of Rhodes. Here, the port of Mandraki was considered the home of the Colossus of Rhodes. They toured the 14th century Grand Master’s Palace. The last day was spent in Santorini, Greece. White-washed Greek Orthodox Churches with blue domes are everywhere, according to Byler. They toured a winery here as well.
“It was a special trip being able to walk where Jesus walked,” said Byler.
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