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Caesarea Maritima - Harbour


Part of the old harbour wall shows in the sea at the back. The harbour walls were constructed on an underwater earth fault (geological surveys were not done, before building started, in 50 BC), which shifted at some time and most of the walls are now under water.


There were no natural walls to build on, so the construction of these walls was also quite a feat at the time. Poor cheap labour, probably.


May your dreams for the new year not be built on invisible faults, so that it may prove to be a profitable and joyous 2016.




comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Jan 2016, 01:45
The land yachts all have sails furled, Louis.
Louis: We were on site, quite early. Around 07:00 as I remember. Glad you caught my intention of sails against the sea.
Certainly a lovely spot!

Thank you, Louis - and I wish the same for you!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jan 2016, 07:37
How long have you been at Caesarea? And where are the tourists on such a sunny, blue day?!
Een heel gelukkig Nieuwjaar voor jou en je gezin!
Louis: We landed from Africa just before 05:00 in the morning. Our bus arrived at 06:00 and we were way too early to enter here. So we first went to the aqueduct and at 07:00 or maybe a little later pitched up at the gates to this site. The gate was open, with no-one to sell or check tickets. So we walked in. The shop and restaurant staff arrived after us - so I guess this was way too early for normal tourists. We stayed until around 10:00 when we left by bus for further destinations.
Dankjewel, Philine.
Just the word 'Caesarea' makes me stop in my tracks, Louis. Isn't it strange how that happens! Happy New Year now to you and yours.
Louis: The tour was devised and led by two pastors, who introduced as to the Biblical aspects of each place that we stopped. We did a lot of hiking, to keep costs down and only transferred by bus, between main venues. The tour was aimed at students and young working people, at prices that fit their pockets. To that end we also stayed over in backpacker hostels. It turned out that one of the youngsters is the son of an archaeological academic, who specialises in the greater middle east region. He must have learnt a lot at the knee of his dad, because he was a walking info centre as it was. The tour (the first time in my life I joined a tour) was a lot of fun and extremely educational. Afterwards one tends to read the Bible in technicolour. Which brings me to your comment. Every now and then, one is stopped in your tracks, just because some events are obtaining its real meaning, because you can visualise for yourself, what happened.

Thank you Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Jan 2016, 08:41
How you must have enjoyed this trip, Louis
Louis: It was quite an experience, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jan 2016, 08:51
I read your text with it and I am sure they 'learned' from the experience. Great shot BTW. Off season or too early?
Have a good 2016 and a Happy New Year.
Louis: You can take a look at my reply to Ginnie and you will see, I learnt a lot. We were very early. People we spoke to later-on indicated that the usual pre-Christmas rush of (mostly) Christian tourists, fell absolutely flat in 2015. I cannot compare, but know that we were never crowded at any of the more important spots.
Thank you Astrid.
That is how most things got built...by poor cheap labour.

Here's hoping that in 2016 more people will receive their true worth
Louis: Way back in the mists of time, I studied and did a paper on the history of labour law. Most nations share in the legacy of this historical road. People with aspirations, realised that labour is one of the main resources for capital projects and operational work. To obtain this resource for free or at least very cheap, has been as an important venture, as finding gold. All kinds of laws were introduced to this end. The Egyptians had them and so on. Even the British. You needed labour to build a castle? A law that restricted the movements of people living in that area will be put in place - they were forced to make themselves available to the project, or starve. That is the origin of the pass book laws during apartheid. Even slavery was legislated at times, where it was applied. The Romans couldn't enslave a Roman, but the rest was more or less fair game - so it was very important to be able to defend yourself.

It is great, not to be living in those times. This is a good cause for celebration, every weekend of 2016.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Jan 2016, 08:55
May I wish you the best of new years Louis
Louis: You may and thank you Chris.
I would be rather concerned if I were sitting here thinking about what you had revealed Louis.
Louis: Not to worry, the fault is a minor one and out in the sea. If it was to shift, you may experience a big wave, but not necessary big enough to wash away breakfast.
Merci beaucoup Louis.
"Gelukkige nuwejaar" to you and yours!
Louis: Baie dankie, Richard.
Happy New Year to you and your family, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Mary
A fine morning shot before the hoards descend Louis. Have a very happy 2016 whatever you do.
Louis: Thank you Brian. I will mainly be taking pictures and getting older - both can be done in a happy way smile
Love the wrinkles... Happy New Year, Louis...
Louis: Thank you Larry
Nice shot as the new year starts to unfold Louis. Thanks for the new year thoughts and best wishes for 2016
Louis: Thank you Janet - you caught onto the unfolding/early days theme. Great.
Lovely view from the dinner table!
Louis: Just the place to check sunrise, Tom smile
it's hard to find good help even back in 50 BC Louis...

We wish you and yours a safe and prosperous year ahead!
Penny and ....petersmile
Louis: Nothing like doing it oneself ... but that would take forever if one would try to build a new city ...

Thank you peter

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