The Baha'i Gardens in Haifa Israel

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

Yesterday I had the time to do a little exploring and I signed up for a tour of Caesarea, Akko, and Haifa. We had a excellent tour guide with 12 people, many from different countries. Caesarea is the old Middle East headquarters for the Roman Empire and we saw the remains of the palace of King Herod the Great who is not the one associated with the time of Jesus, and we saw Roman remains including an amphitheater modeled in a small way on Rome, and the old arena for chariot racing. Even more enlightening was the city of Akko also known as Acre. It is a Unesco World Heritage place and we saw the buildings of different civilizations Judaic, Christian, and Muslim. They have unearthed the old headquarters for the Knights Hospitaller because each successive conqueror built on top of the last, or destroyed them completely. In the area of Haifa we descended into the limestone grottoes, but the final stop on the trip had me in awe, The Baha'i Gardens.

That is the picture I want to attach and it is unbelievable. It is tended by Baha'i volunteers who on on a 5 year waiting list. Imagine something so large that has not a thing out of place, it was perfection. Every time I go to Israel I see something surprising. Last year I saw at least in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem a mostly peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs. I realize it is not always that way and we did go to a gate that separates Israel and Lebanon and hasn't been opened since 1948 and that reminds you that much is still below the surface. Today I went to one of my favorite cafes in the Jaffa Flea Market, a site to behold, and tonight, dinner with an investor at Manta Ray that is on the Mediterranean Sea and hope to share a picture tomorrow. 

Comments (18)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joe Pryor,

OMH the Baha'i Gardens are beautiful!! Amazing that there are volunteers on a 5 year waiting to help keep them in such pristine condition! Israel has so many surprises to uncover and you are uncovering so many treasures.

Jul 08, 2018 06:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joe... just stunning and jaw-dropping! You are so fortunate to see this with your own eyes and not just in photos. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

Jul 08, 2018 06:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, those gardens are amazing.  Your story that there is a 5 year volunteer waiting list to tend the garden is so life affirming...How sad that the gate between Lebanon and Israel has not been opened in ages.  I am looking forward to your next installment. A

Jul 08, 2018 07:04 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The volunteer list is impressive - and as Alexandra says, life affirming. What beauty. The photo is stunning, but I'm sure it's incredible to see in person. We will be on the lookout for your next post. D 

Jul 08, 2018 07:06 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an amazing picture of a very beautiful place, I am glad you got to enjoy that tour!

Jul 08, 2018 07:17 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. I was in all these places but the gardens were not in bloom.   Enjoy.

Jul 08, 2018 07:31 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hello Joe: What a special trip. Well, you also have a way of making the visits special regardless of where you travel.

There is little more rewarding than exploring the great gardens of the world. It makes you feel connected, very alive, and it's incredible what we learn by traveling. Can't wait to see your photos on the Sea.

Jul 08, 2018 09:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Joe, for sharing your trip. It has been many years since we visited Israel.

Jul 08, 2018 11:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The Baha'i Gardens should be the envy of every metropolis, Joe.   And, I can see the Roman influence on the design.

Jul 08, 2018 01:21 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I will look forward to your picture tomorrow. I wrote about the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney so we must be on the same page! I hope you have a great Sunday and a wonderful rest of your trip!

Jul 08, 2018 02:53 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Joe what amazingly beautiful gardens - WOW! It is so fun to hear updates and see your photo. Thanks for doing a tour for all of us!

Jul 08, 2018 03:19 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Wow Joe Pryor what an amazing story and picture . I have many Israeli friends who visit there every year . Never have they sent such beautiful pictures

Jul 08, 2018 04:47 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow that's really something to behold!  Glad to hear it's not all a war torn wasteland there, as we see on the news. 

Jul 09, 2018 12:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Joe.  Thanks for the photo.  This is where so much of our history comes from.

Jul 09, 2018 04:59 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836
  1. Amazing post, Joe Pryor .  Just came over from reading the reblog by Roy Kelley .  Excellent writing; Great photo.  Perfection all the way! 
Jul 09, 2018 05:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - We are so lucky here on ActiveRain to have you travel on business to places where many of us may never see and experience unusual places and to convey information and share photographs of Israel. They may be called the Baha'i Gardens, I think of them as Paradise! I think of you (not the guy from Shark Tank) as Mr. Wonderful!

Jul 09, 2018 09:11 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - You have been featured in the BananaTude Group. Congratulations!!! I can't think of many real estate agents that can take you of the country for business. Thank you for sharing your journey and photographs with us. Now THIS would be a good niche! Joe, not many could do what you do and you do it so well!


Jul 09, 2018 09:20 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Joe, this all takes me back to living in Greece and Turkey with countless archaeological sites that just sit baking in the sun, mostly unattended.

One day I'd like to take the same tour.  I am a bit edgy about going into the Middle East right now even though I could charm my way around with my broken Turkish.

Have you seen Ephesus btw?

Aug 07, 2018 06:14 AM

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