This past weekend I turned 36 (though if anyone asks me, I’m still 35!) 🙂
I was so blessed to have some wonderful moments:
A friend gave me a full-day at a spa up in Tiberias, right on the Sea of Galilee…. fantastic!
Cotton Candy on the Boardwalk 🙂
My annual picture with the T-Rex!
VIP Movie Night at Cinema City… I don’t think I can watch a movie in the “regular” section ever again! LOL
Dead Sea and Ein Gedi to top off the weekend!
I seriously can’t believe its already November 1st! NOVEMBER! Not only where did this past month go, but where did the YEAR go?!? But, the fact remains that yes… it’s already holiday season.
Holiday season in Israel isn’t exactly like Holiday season in the rest of the world….
…but, thanks to Help-Portrait, its starting to feel a little like holiday season to me. Last year was the first year for Help-Portrait Tel Aviv, and it turned out to be such a blessing. This year, I’m expecting nothing less.
IN FACT, I’m expecting so much more! Last night I had a meeting with Professional Fashion Photographer, David Kutcher, who will be taking all our portraits this year. To say that I’m excited about this, is an understatement… I’m THRILLED!
Not only is he a FANTASTIC photographer, but he’s going to bring an entire studio with him to set up in my place.
A BLESSING BEYOND A BLESSING!
And after all… the purpose of being blessed is to in turn to bless others, and I KNOW that his work will do just that!
This past weekend I did something I haven’t done in FOREVER! At 6pm on Saturday night a friend and I decided to take an impromptu road trip to…. well, we didn’t have a destination in mind…. to anywhere I guess. We grabbed some essentials: Israel map, toilet paper, snacks, water, OFF spray, torch, etc. and hit the road! We decided to head south and see where the roads would take us.
The concept began as a Night Road Trip, but turned into an ALL-Night one with a Morning tacked on as well. We ended up traveling the entire south of Israel, down the west and back up the east. We had an exhausting, yet fun night and it was something that I NEEDED so much! Just getting out of the city and satisfying my road-bug craving made my ❤ sing.
I took lots of pics, but my favorites ended up being crazy signs you see along the roads of Israel. Here are a few of my favorites, just in case you end up driving in my country anytime soon:
And finally, after a looooong night filled with signs, we headed back home to Tel Aviv, making a quick stop in Jerusalem:
THEN HEADED STRAIGHT TO BED!!!
One of my favorite little kids who come to Monday Night Basketball Outreach… isn’t he just a cutie!?!
Tel Aviv. Not exactly the ‘holy city’ like Jerusalem and not exactly the quiet atmosphere of the Galilee…. but every city in all of Israel comes together for this day.
No public transportation. No personal vehicles allowed on any street. No stores or businesses open…. nothing but a day of country-wide fasting…. and bike riding.
It’s traditional on Yom Kippur, because of the no-car rule, for everyone to ride their bicycles in the streets. Here are a couple pics down on the beach road of good ol’ Tel Aviv. I will admit it was kinda cool walking down the middle of the road with everyone else, not having to worry about traffic!
Last night was the annual WHITE NIGHT in Tel Aviv. Every July 1st Tel Aviv celebrates various cultures and the arts by putting on a city-wide show… full of music, performances, dances, cultural experiences, food and drink…. oh, and everyone is supposed to be in all WHITE.
There were people everywhere and the vibe was full of energy. Along Rothchild Street the theme was World Cup, with many different countries represented. It was pretty cool to watch the Spanish dancers, a US Old-Timers Jazz Band, Elvis lip-singers, Brazilian Samba, and even Italian Opera singers in Drag. (Interesting to say the least) The beach was also jam-packed with people! Here’s a quick glimpse:
I’m a huge Lord of the Rings Fan. I remember reading The Hobbit way back in 8th grade for a book report, then continuing on to read the trilogy after. The movies are great, and the books are even better….
Last weekend I felt like I was walking through a Lord of the Rings moment. We took a road trip up to Mt. Hermon, the tallest mountain in Israel, to explore around Nimrod’s Fortress. It’s like walking onto the movie set, without the set. The ancient, Middle Ages ruins are just amazing! I can only imagine what they looked like back in the 13th Century, when it was constructed.
If you ever have the chance to visit Nimrod’s Fortress, I highly suggest it. Here’s a few pictures from the day: (the entire collection can be found on my travel photography website)