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This is Galilee (TIG) Newsletter, Issue #013 -- In and Around Karmiel
April 18, 2012


Welcome to the Galilee Newsletter - A monthly e-zine about the north of Israel and all that's new at (TIG)

I hope you all enjoyed the recent holidays - Pessach (Passover) or Easter.

The holiday week is traditionally the time when Israelis from the centre of the country take trips to the North (and South) to enjoy the countryside, which is green and at it's most beautiful this time of year. Zimmers (B&Bs) are all booked up in advance - even though the high season prices come into effect.

One of the pluses about moving to Karmiel is that we only heard about the traffic jams on the news. We had a choice of places to go hiking in less than half an hour drive from home!

This photo was taken at the Nahal Amud (Amud River) Nature Reserve which is situated just off the road between Amirim and Sfat (Sefad).

The weather was perfect and there were many families with children of all ages, picnicing, wading in the shallow pools and just enjoying the unspoilt natural surroundings. Once you get down to the stream, the trail is shady, making it suitable for hiking in the hot summer months. I will definitely be adding this as one of my favourite hikes on my new Hiking in Israel page!

I must say that when we moved to Karmiel in November 2012, I knew very little about it. If you have read my story, you will know that we intend to build a house in a nearby community, so this was only a temporary move. Karmiel turned out to be much better than we had expected, and I could quite happily live here permanently, if we hadn't already bought our plot of land.

As Karmiel is more of a residential town than a tourist spot, I was surprised when they recently opened a tourist office in the main shopping centre, so one day I dropped in to get maps and information about the city.

Even though I had been living here already for a few months, I found out that there were quite a lot of places I hadn't yet visited so, map in hand, I decided to get to know the city a bit better.

This made me write a new page about Karmiel which you can already view on my website. I see it as a work in process and plan to add more photos and information as I find more new and interesting things about the city.

Meantime, I thought you might enjoy this photo of "rock hyrax" (hyraxes?) which you can see along the walking and cycling trails.

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