Beach Day in Natanya…

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Last Saturday the temperature hit 97f and of course we went to the beach. This time we headed for Natanya Beach which is about 16 miles form Herzliya.

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The beach is located below the the cliffs of the city of Natanya offering breathtaking views.

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After visiting the beach we walked into the city. Natanya’s building are great canvases for wonderful ‘street art‘ as seen here.

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Hope you enjoyed this visit to Natanya.

Purim in Herzliya…

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Today we celebrate Purim in Herzliya. The children’s parade started early this morning and drew a large crowd as it always does.

Folks of all ages dressed up for the occasion…

Of course some didn’t seem to be enjoying the festivities…

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The folks at Chabad took advantage of the opportunity to have men put on tefillin…

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Eileen (and I) had a fun time. We wish you Chag Sameach – Happy Purim!

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Oh! And by the way that’s not me!


Shuk Machane Yehuda:- Jerusalem’s Great Street Art Gallery 2…

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I continue my visit to the street gallery in the Shuk Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem. Another look at the shuk on a Shabbat afternoon shows that there is plenty of room for the gallery to grow.

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The theme for today’s look at the gallery is The Eyes Have It!’  Wherever you walk in the gallery they seem to be following you…

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I hope you enjoyed this visit to the ‘street gallery’ at the Shuk Machane Yehuda…

‘Here’s Lookin’ at Ya!’

Shuk Machane Yehuda:- Jerusalem’s Great Street Art Gallery 1…

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I recently visited Shuk Machane Yehuda in Jerusalemwhich is the largest shuk (market) in Israel. I went on the Sabbath because the shuk is deserted, all shops and stands closed and secured, and the security gates are lowered, to reveal wonderful ‘street art’ in a relatively empty and quiet universe.

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Shuk Machane Yehuda on a quiet Sabbath afternoon…

I first learned about this gallery in progress, from a video that was shared with me (see link at end of blog). Those who know me, know, that  at my first opportunity I was going to make a visit. Last Saturday, Eileen went hiking in southern Israel for the day and I took advantage by doing some urban hiking on my own.

The artwork is nothing less than wonderful. Likenesses of famous Israelis, as well as the ‘common folk’,  cover the shuttered shops. In this blog I’ll share the first images using ‘Profiles’ as my theme. Hey, I gotta come up with something!

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Here is the link to the video:-

I hope you enjoyed this look into the street gallery in Shuk Machane Yehuda…

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.