Israel Day 2: Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Nazareth


Today was an amazing and full day of touring and praying around Israel. As I write this in the lobby of my Nazareth hotel, I am definitely feeling the lack of sleep, but my heart is full of peace and joy. Much of what I have learned and experienced today still needs to be mentally processed and prayed over, but I did want to share some photos from this incredible day to let you see some of what I saw with my own eyes.

A warning that these photos could never do justice to the incredible beauty I experienced in the past fourteen hours. In the space of one calendar day we saw and did so much and covered so many miles. Since this is a professional trip for writers and not necessarily a pilgrimage, we did not linger in the sites the way that I will hope to do when I come back again — hopefully one day soon…

Here’s a bit of what we took in today in Israel:


Jaffa artist colony


Caesarea, where Herod built a Roman theater and aqueduct


Stella Maris in Haifa, a lovely Marian church and Carmelite monastery


Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth


Dinner in Nazareth – another amazing display of Israel’s culinary treats at Tishreen – fantastic food

Time to crawl to bed. Tomorrow promises to be full of amazing adventures.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Looks like you’re having a good time, Lisa. Israel is a wonderful country to visit. I didn’t make it to Nazareth…looks awesome.

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