We've gotten pretty good at packing and closing up shop--setting up again in some other place. We did it six months ago in Sacramento, and we're doing it now in Haifa--preparing to leave. We're figuring out what we need to take with us and how we're going to ship it, haul it, drag it back to California via bus, train, plane, car, camel. I'll spare you the details, but oh boy! Logistics!
Before we leave, there's one more thing I want to get. It's either a crystal ball or a time machine. I want something where I can put my most touching or ridiculous or beautiful or strange or awe inspiring memories, to conjure up or visit at any time. Does anyone know where I can get one of those? Meanwhile, I'm using this blog as my miscellaneous box of memories. Yep, I'm just throwing all of the last minute random stuff in (which is usually the most important).
Haifa on the Hill
The Balagan (Chaos)
Miscellaneous Box Photos. Click on photos or hover over for captions.
All Directions Photo Album. Hover over or click on picture for captions.
A few special days have stayed with me, and I want to capture them with words and pictures before they fade. These days reminded me of being a kid, or rather a young adult with no worries, and the freedom to do what I wanted, whenever I wanted. I don't think I'll ever quite have that experience again, and that's OK. My responsibilities are precious to me. But finding days or even moments of feeling totally care free--those moments are precious as well.
Through the Olive Orchards
Along the Mountainside
On Desert Highways
A few more pictures from our trip. Hover over for captions.
The North and Jerusalem
Masada/Dead Sea, Haifa, Tzfat, Akko, Tel Aviv
Italy, December 2-12
We loved Italy--the history, the culture. The cities themselves are works of art. With only 10 days to spend in Italy, we visited the main tourist sites.
What a beautiful country. And the people and the dogs! All very stylish. Keeping with our emerging theme of exploring the history of the Jews, we ended up visiting the Jewish ghettos in Venice and in Rome, which really gave me a better sense of the intricate, complicated and painful journey of the Jewish people.
And, continuing on with Jewish people on (delightful) journeys, I present to you some hotel and restaurant recommendations:
VENICE. The city of my dreams! A vivid watercolor. We stayed at Hotel Olimpia. Our room was teeny, but like a beautiful little Disney princess castle. It was in the perfect location--just a 2 minute walk from the bus and train station.
ROME. Hotel Julia was, eh, but the location was fantastic and the price was right. There were a couple of restaurants that we enjoyed in Rome--Gioia Mia, which is just a block from the hotel, and Piccolo Arancio, also very close--near the Trevi Fountain. Considering it's in the heart of a major tourist attraction, the restaurant was nevertheless classy, cozy and delicious.
FLORENCE. Our hotel, Pallazo Guadagni--a gem, was located in Piazza Santo Spirito. Great little piazza with some cool flea markets and shops. It's a little removed from the touristy hustle and bustle, though everything you'd want to see is really accessible. The very best pizza we had on the entire Italy trip, Gusta Pizza, was just outside of the piazza as well.