For our 2nd night (and where we would spend the next 4 nights), we went to Ein Gev, a kibbutz located on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
What is a kibbutz??
Wikipedia says: A kibbutz (Hebrew: קִבּוּץ / קיבוץ, lit. "gathering, clustering"; plural kibbutzim) is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik (Hebrew: קִבּוּצְנִיק).
In 2010, there were 270 kibbutzim in Israel. Their factories and farms account for 9% of Israel’s industrial output, worth US$8 billion, and 40% of its agricultural output, worth over $1.7 billion.
At any rate, they operate this very nice resort. The BEST showers ever!!! I have never had such powerful water pressure ever in a shower! WONDERFUL!!! I asked Al if we could have pressure like that, but he says it is a city thing.
You could see the Sea of Galilee from our back window/patio.
Across the way is the city of Tiberius.
There were these beautiful parrots flying about. We were told that they were pets that escaped and they have multiplied!
We were served delicious buffet meals! The coffee was excellent! Although we all found it odd that in Israel they do not serve coffee in the evening. We all missed our coffee to go with our desserts.
We had such fun visiting with our new travel partners. Often we would sit with different people and hear their stories - where they were from and about their families. Several had Kansas connections and a couple even knew people we knew. Such a small world!