What’s unusual about Kfar Kedem? The fact that the theme park is recreating daily lives of the people who lived there during Mishnah period of Jewish history? Or the fact that the park covers more than 4 acres of Galilee land covered with vegetation native to the ancient Land of Israel? No, it’s the fact that Kfar Kedem features donkey equipped with Wi-Fi routers!
Although the park is set in the times of the Old Testament, the visitors can enjoy some perks of the modern era. Some tour packages that involve touring the ancient lands on the back of a donkey allow the visitors to surf the internet. How? By connecting to the Wi-Fi router slung around the neck of the animal!
According to the manager of Kfar Kedem, Menachem Goldberg, combining the two worlds is the right way to attract the attention of the younger generation. The internet connection allows them to tweet and share their experience with their friends.
Another advantage of having an internet connection is that the visitors can fact-check the guide’s story. They can simply go to Wikipedia to learn more about the region of Galilee, the history of the people living in this part of the world and so on.
Of course, the whole point of having free Wi-Fi is not to keep your head in front of the smartphone. Instead, the visitors are meant to enjoy the scenery and learn more about the lives of the people who lived in this area more than two millennia ago. For instance, the visitors will get to learn more about their clothing (and get a chance to try it on), traditional cuisine, and so on.
Other Tourist Points of Interest in Galilee
Although visiting Kfar Kedem is definitely a worthwhile experience, Galilee has so much to offer to the tourists. This is actually one of the most popular destinations for Christian pilgrims who wish to visit the places where the miracles of Jesus supposedly happened – Feeding of the 5000, Calming the storm, Walk on the water, and so on.
Christian pilgrims also have a chance to take a walk across the Jesus Trail, a 40-mile long hiking route. The route starts in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, and passes through the Horns of Hattin and the Sea of Galilee shore, before reaching the ruins of Capernaum.
Galilee is also interesting for Jewish pilgrims, but also for history buffs who wish to see in person the birthplace of the Western culture. For example, among the main points of interest of tourists is the tomb of Simeon bar Yochai, one of the most important figures from the ancient Jewish history.
Another interesting tourist spot in Galilee is the vegetarian village of Amirim. All of the establishments in this moshav serve nothing else but vegetarian dishes, mostly those from traditional Jewish cuisine. Apart from being interesting to gourmands, this village is also notable for the amazing views it provides of the Sea of Galilee.