Yad La’Shiryon:-The Armored Corps Museum… A Photo Essay

Yad La-Shiryon is Israel’s official memorial site for fallen soldiers from the armored corps. The outdoor display includes 110 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, both Israeli and captured enemy tanks.

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There is a collection of mobile bridges constructed by the IDF. Tanks can carry and erect  these bridges during battle…

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There are captured enemy vehicles, most of which Israel has modified and updated, including a tank with a blown up gun…

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Captured Egyptian Tank…

and a long, engraved commemorative wall bearing the names of Armored Corps soldiers killed in defense of the country.

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In my next blog, I’ll continue our stop at The Armored Corps Museum, in a very much more personal visit, as we look for Ilan Ori, Eileen’s brother-in-law.

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The Roman Aqueduct-Caesarea:- A Photo Exploration…

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The Roman Aqueduct in Caesarea

The Roman Aqueduct and it’s beach area is a great place to stroll, relax and watch beautiful sunsets. The Aqueduct brought running water to the old city of Caesarea, along the High level aqueduct that is pictured in this blog.

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The high level aqueduct survives

The old city and port of Caesarea required a steady flow of running water.  At first the water was pumped from underground wells, but, as the  population grew to several hundred thousand people, a large scale aqueduct was required to bring the water from a distance.

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A section of the High level aqueduct…

The source of the water along the aqueducts were the springs of Shummi, located 6 miles away. King Herod built the first aqueduct in the 1st C BC.  Later, 2 more aqueducts were built.

Let me share with you, through my images, what a beautiful day I had.

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Hope that you enjoyed this blog. Please share with friends, family and anyone interested in learning about and/or visiting Israel.

Weekend at the Beach…

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The weather this past weekend was nothing short of spectacular. The skies were clear and the temperature co-operated (70F). On Saturday, we headed to the beaches in Tel Aviv, stopping when we could find parking. We weren’t the only ones out enjoying the day, including…

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Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…

…and some of the folks were enjoying a brew at a nearby BierGarden…

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Kind of ironic, a German BierGarden and Hare Krishna in Tel Aviv. We left the beach with  the sun setting and the temperature dropping.

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The next day I headed to the marina in Hertzliya Petuach, hoping for another special sunset and I was not let down…

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I met another photographer who was shooting from the rocks alongside the marina. Her name is Romina and she teaches photography. She was born and lived in Venezuela before moving to the South Bronx. She travels to Israel for several weeks each year to be with friends. Romina was shooting with a Linhof camera circa. 1960’s which she recently purchased.

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Hope you enjoyed the blog! See you soon.

Rainbows & Storms:-Chasing The Storm…

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The rainbows were disappearing and the sun was beginning to set, so I took a few shots near the Sidna Ali Mosque before we left…

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Sidna Ali Mosque…

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Heading down to the beach…Why?

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Young men and women slogging along as they train for the IDF which they’ll join when they are 18…

We then headed to the Herzliya Marina to see how the storm looked from there…

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The marina with the sun highlighting the Ritz-Carlton…

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The Boats Beach outside the marina…

With about an hour left of daylight we decided to continue to chase the storm. In the image above you can see the limestone cliffs heading in the direction of Tel Aviv. That’s where we headed…

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On the cliffs with Herzliya Petuach in the background…Have smartphone will travel!

As you can see above, we weren’t the only ones with that idea! The cliff road is barely driveable on a nice day.

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Eileen had her work cut out for her, but I think she was enjoying the challenge…

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We were able to pull over along the edge overlooking the Mediterranean, and thankfully the light co-operated…

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Sun setting over the Mediterranean…

I hope you enjoyed this stormy day tour. See you soon!

‘Here It Is!’-Rainbows & Storms:-Chasing Rainbows…

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The surfboard says it all; “Here It Is!”…

Eileen and I were sitting at home on New Years Day as the weather outside was cold and stormy. Surprisingly, the sun came out and Eileen said this could be perfect weather conditions for rainbows, so camera in hand off we went.

I suggested we head towards the water and head for the Sidna Ali Mosque. The mosque is located on the cliffs overlooking the Apollonia-Nof Yam beach. The photo above was taken outside the mosque.

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Double rainbow in Herzliya Petuach…

To get to the mosque we have to drive through the residential streets of Herzliya Petuach. I suggested to Eileen to make a right turn on the next street we came to, and this is what we saw! Not too shabby, huh?

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We continued on to the mosque as the rainbows started to disappear. Unfortunately, I could not align the mosque and the rainbow for a photo, but, even better, I was able to get this shot of Eileen.

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Eileen in the parking lot at the Sidna Ali Mosque…

With the rainbows disappearing, we decided to head to Herzliya Marina. As we left the mosque’s parking lot, heading to the marina, the sky changed, and ‘lo and behold’ the rainbows reappeared.

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I was thrilled to be able to view and shoot the rainbows. As a ‘city boy’ I didn’t get to see them often. We continued on our ‘rainbow/storm chasing’ and will share with you in my next blog…

Old Jaffa: The Flea Market…

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The beach promenade in Tel Aviv with Jaffa in the background…

Eileen and I, along with our friends Sybille and Yossi, went to check out what was happening in the old city of Jaffa (Yafo). Jaffa is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has now grown. Jaffa is reported to be the oldest port in the world and it is believed that Jonah set sail from here in his search for the whale.

Much of Jaffa went into disrepair while Tel Aviv flourished and became a major modern city. Fairly recently, people rediscovered the quaintness of Jaffa and major renovations were undertaken. I tell Eileen that the Israeli hipsters are moving in.

One area that remains basically the same is the Flea Market (shuk). The market is usually busy, but on this Friday it seemed more festive.

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Street performers in the market area…

There were several street performances going on, and the most colorful was opera performed by several very talented women.

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The small alleyways and streets which make up this city are lined with artists galleries and studios, as well as boutique and craft shops.

People who know me, know that if I’m in an old city I’m going to search  for ‘street art’ wherever I can find it. The flea market provided a great canvas.

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I hope that you enjoyed this brief tour of the Flea Market in Jaffa. I look forward to sharing my blogs from Israel in 2016!

Sunset at Makhtesh Ramon…

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Temps around 40F…but still beautiful. Eileen that is!

Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) is a natural formation (no meteors etc.) found in the Northern Negev Desert.  It is the world’s largest erosion crater, or makhtesh. The crater is 23.5 miles in length, 4 miles wide and 1,500 feet deep. Just wanted to share some sunset images with you from atop the crater…

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A nubian ibex enjoying the sunset…

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Visitor’s Center…

Hope that you enjoyed…