Gorgeous Gardens at Bahjí

One Saturday when most of the buses were not running and things were VERY quiet because of Shabbat….I was invited to go with friends in their car out to Bahjí.  This is the estate to the north of Haifa where Baha’u’llah went to live when he was released from the prison in ‘Akká. At the time he was there – 1879 to 1892 when he passed away – it looked nothing like it looks today.  It was an old country mansion with small outbuildings and no gardens.  People got there by donkey, cart or by walking.

The real work of the design of the gardens was started by Shoghi Effendi and his vision has been carried on even after his passing in 1957.  This historical photo below was taken from the south and my photos below that show where we entered from the west.

Mansion of Bahjí

Bahjí – path from west entrance

Mansion of Bahji – Historical photo

More of ‘Akká

Entering ‘Akká - The Ancient Fortress City

Having got a crash tech consultation over lunch today am attempting to put my new knowledge to the test here.  Apparently I’ve been overwhelming my posts with photos, when it’s supposed to have some text involved as well.  My attempted method was to load the photo first and comment as I looked at it.  Not the way the software works!  SO here I am writing my text first and about to go into my extensive photo files to choose the lucky photo, or usually as the case turns out to be, the lucky photos!

Along the Sea Wall - ‘Akká

The afternoon in ‘Akká was outstanding in that we entered and drove over to the west side of the walled city to find parking by the water.

Then we walked south along the seawall heading towards the lighthouse, and turned east and walked toward the boat harbour.  Posted a few of the blue boat pics yesterday. We ate at a restaurant on the water with fishing boats and nets right next to the fence around the outdoor tables.

Seawall looking east towards boat harbour

We then headed in from the water by the caravanserai, past the mosque and toward the markets.  The streets were so narrow that only a bike or Yaris type car would fit.

The markets were FULL of color, so I was shooting photos constantly as we walked.  Everything from cinnamon to high heeled shoes, ice cream to  belly dancing outfits, smoking pipes to scarves.

Spices, morter & pestals - Market ‘Akká

Outdoor Market - ‘Akká

Bags of Spices - Market ‘Akká

Pipes and musical instruments - Market ‘Akká

Belly dancing costumes - Market ‘Akká

Cooking utensils - ‘Akká Market

Bags full of interesting stuff

Market Colour

Blue Boats – ‘Akká

I don’t remember visiting this side of ‘Akká when we came in the 70’s.  It is the boat harbour and is bustling, and vivid.  The fisherman try to work in the middle of the tourists and sightseeing boats are mixed in with working fishing boats as well as pleasure sailboats.  So many of the boats are painted blue….that Mediterranean blue that shouts out to you summer!  And to some the message is more subtle – saying Mazra’ih, or Bahjí.

Blue Boat Profiles - ‘Akká

Blue boats in ‘Akká harbour.

Ancient Stone Walls – ‘Akká

My last post did not work at all.  Added 11 photos to it and they all loaded onto the page on top of each other!  So here is another go at showing some cool scenes from my first visit to  ‘Akká back in May.  ‘Akká is the ancient coastal city from about 2000 years before Christ.  It was a fortress built on the strategic point at the north of what is now Haifa Bay.  The history is therefore one full of war and occupation – its walls are thick and comprised of a crazy quilt of different size and shaped stones – new, old, very old and ancient!

Old wall built onto a REALLY old stone wall - ‘AkkáFortress walls - ‘Akká