far too many pictures taken to post them all. but here are some!
we had a fantastic time.
we saw a lot. we laughed a lot. and we ate way too much.
we arrived at the airport extra early of course. we were enroute to tel aviv! i tend to hang with the kids while we are waiting to do anything!
pilots were so nice to allow me time in the cockpit. one pilot offered to take a picture. and then two pilots were in the shot! i dont think he realized id be posting such a picture on the web… are cockpit pictures permitted?!
not ashamed to admit i drugged myself silly on the flight… and thankfully we arrived safely!
21 of us traveled by tour bus.. with iton our tour guide.
went to tel aviv first. stayed at the carlton hotel.
here is how i traveled all around.
and of course with my sister!
we walked through tel aviv markets… had some israeli pizza (huh?!) and then from there we went to caesarea (pronounced like diarrhea and yes we made lots of jokes!) where there are ancient ruins from the romans.
my son jacob standing on top of one of the bridges.
one of my favorite places we went was the ayalon institute where the haganah made ammunition (a bullet factory!) in secrecy. and the giraffes (person who was not a part of the haganah) had no idea.
we had an adorable tour girl named ella… or as she kept reminding us the english translation: goddess.
the basement below this machine (shown is entrance to staircase) is where the bullets were made.
here is some of the machinery.
and tiny space used to test the bullets! tiny firing range!
we went to a small place near tiberias and nazareth called kfar kedem which led us through a typical afternoon in its history including dressing up, cooking, eating and riding donkeys. was really fun. and we were really full after.
keith baking pita.
im not hungry…ill just pick.
we went to jaffa and the wishing bridge of jaffa.
and the kids had fun.
dont mess with me!
plus! ive got some strong friends.
and a big husband…
watching my dad and jacob… just so sweet.
at one point we stopped by the river of jordan to see baptisms en masse! hundreds of them happening… and i made a friend. there were a whole bunch of these nutria. really cute.
loved jerusalem! we arrived at a place just above jerusalem…over looking the city.
my sister stacy and me!
kids liked jerusalem!
prayed at the wailing wall.
and jerusalem was COLD! went to the arab market in the old city. got a hat.
and of course… did some shopping the day AFTER jacob’s barmitzvah.
jacob’s barmitzvah was on the mountain of masada… but first we stopped by the dead sea! was SO COLD!
my kids at dead sea!
and to masada we go (click on link it is interesting story)!
my kids on masada.
barmitzvah boy jacob!
with keith and me and the rabbi.
the rabbi was saying something!
my sister stacy with jacob.
end of the service, i spoke to jacob. with iphone in hand of course.
and with my dad.
jacob’s cousins performed some rap songs specially tailored to jacob.
after much time in israel eating hummus and pita… we went to rome for pasta and pizza! we arrived early am!
went to the coliseum of course (and pantheon and vatican…)
ate the biggest and best meal of the trip at a restaurant called la montecarlo in rome-near piazza navona. im with the owner carlo in this picture.
my kids were posing for this shot. they were NOT unhappy.
throughout the trip, we were doing something called “creeper” shots, where one of us would creep into a picture or “photo” bomb.. here is an example with my niece ruthie.
vatican! sistene chapel! wowsa.
and girls having fun.
if you want more details or have questions about the trip please leave in the comments section.
i feel really lucky that we got to take this trip with my whole family. what a gift!
and here is today’s video blog!
i screwed up…the dance class is tomorrow. ugh.
have a fun saturday night everyone!
ps loved my travel agent fern…find her here: firstname.lastname@example.org