Thursday, February 6, 2014

Israel - Family Photos

Here are a few family photos from our latest trip: 
 I like this one of Rob, it reminds me of when he was little and concentrating (notice the tongue). He was picking lemons in his backyard.  These lemons made the best lemonade!

   Floating in the Dead Sea
Rob & Joy floating.
 The Red Sea with Jordan in the background.
 An aquarium in Eilat, we loved the glass bottom boat ride which made me realize when Moses and the Israelite's crossed the Red Sea while escaping Pharaoh's army, they probably had a little coral and other interesting things in their path.
  Feeding the sharks:
Old City of Jerusalem with Lorena and our grandchildren:


Rampart's Walk - little known tourist area filled with unique views of Jerusalem.
View from the BYU Jerusalem clean and peaceful in a dirty, bustling city.
The end of our walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel - so fun!  I loved the Hebrew songs being sung by a group of 16 year old boys while we walked in this wet, dark tunnel built during King Hezekiah's time period around the 8th or 9th century B.C.  I was so grateful for the little flashlight I purchased that fit on my head.  Wish I had of had water shoes for this adventure too instead of my running shoes.
The ruins of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee...we were surprised that this beautiful spot was little more than ruins.  For more photos of our grandchildren please see the following posts on my crafting blog:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Images of Israel

This post is a collection of photos I took of the sights and some of the things we saw during our latest trip to Israel.  Tomorrow, I'll post family photos but hopefully these images will give you a taste of some of the interesting places and things in Israel.

The Dead Sea - notice the salt encrusted rocks - if you ever get to float in the Dead Sea, take water shoes to walk on the rocks and do not shave your legs several days before you enter this water, you'll thank me later for this bit of advice.

Camels walking down the side of the road in Eilat which is on the southern tip of Israel
 The Red Sea - the country of Jordan is on the opposite shore.
A little barb wire is here and there and everywhere.

A bar mitzvah outside the Western Wall - we even saw a guy blowing a curly shofar horn but wasn't at the right angle to get a good photo.  Since we went on a Thursday, we saw several bar mitzvah's being celebrated - this is a great day to go to Old Jerusalem.
Ramparts Walk - Old City Jerusalem
We like Old Jerusalem, but the city is so so dirty with garbage everywhere which was really disappointing to me.
Some day, I want to take my painting supplies and oil paint like these artists...anyone want to join me?
Herzliya - reminds us of southern California
Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism - this image is on top of a water tower when you enter this town.  Don't you think that he's kind of scary looking?
Jordan River
 Sea of Tiberias or Sea of Galilee
Remains of a boat built around the time Christ lived.

 Mount of the Beatitudes