From Caesarea our bus took us to Haifa, a modern port city with a diverse population. The Bahai Gardens were beautifully manicured and provided a dramatic view of the city by the sea with a mountain range in the background near the Lebanese border. The formal gardens included switchbacks of steps and paths with a 500-foot vertical drop and a panorama with a surprising number of church steeples and cupolas.
The cities we have seen so far were a striking mixture of modern architecture, sandstone block buildings, and somewhat neglected, mostly functional cement structures with satellite dishes on the flat roofs and air conditioning units sticking out randomly from the walls. It was Friday afternoon and with Sabbath quickly approaching, the modern highways were crowded with cars, probably on their way home for Shabat!