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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Gertrude Bell
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Sun. 27 [27 April 1902] Strong east wind and grey. I walked out to the
baths, a horrid sight. There are ruins all along the edge of the lake.
Soon after 11 I set out riding along the lake - Nasib forgot something
and had to go back which delayed us near an hour - past Mejdel
[Migdal] and the splendid Wady el Hammam and over the plain of
Genneserat [Ginnosar] - the way very difficult to find because of water
courses and deep withered flowers, to an old ruined Khan and so to
Tabugha wh is probably Capernaum. A charming little monastery
and its gardens here. I got a man to guide us up the hills to Safad
[Zefat]. We rode for 2 hours over most desolate heights, then
dropped into a magnificent valley with a village in it and great cliffs
and so up to the top of the hill to Safad. I put up at a little Jew hotel
and an obliging gentleman took me through the town to Nicula's
house where I also found Najib. Charming people. Najib walked
back with me in the dark.

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