Drinking hot chocolate at 1200 meters in Northern Israel was never such fun. Especially as you cannot enter the coffee house through the front door and you certainly cannot sit outside with your hot drink and admire the view.
Israel is experiencing one of its coldest, wettest, longest and snowiest winters in recent years. A trip up the snow covered Golan Heights shows how wintry Israel can be to those whose vision of the Holy Land is that of deserts and dust.
The goal of this journey up the Golan Heights while passing snow covered vineyards was to reach Coffee Anan which in Hebrew means 'coffee in the clouds' a perfect name for this isolated coffee shop located at 1200 meters on Mount Bental; sitting on the border of Israel and Syria.
Looking west down the Golan heights and towards the Hula valley.
In the Yom Kippur War of 1973, Mount Bental was the site of one of the largest tank battles in history. The Syrians attacked the Golan with 1,500 tanks and 1,000 artillery pieces. Israel attacked back with just 160 tanks and 60 artillery pieces. The Syrians eventually retreated, but not without inflicting heavy casualties on Israel's army.