Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Week to Remember

It began on Friday, when we drove to Michigan to join an impromptu family reunion at Mike's brother's house.  Harry and Sandy live in a log house in the small town of Milford.

The family I married into is very sports oriented.  Most of them love the University of Michigan (they live close to Ann Arbor and several family members graduated from there) but they also root for Michigan State because Mike's niece went there.  Thus, the divided loyalty displayed on the front porch.

It was cloudy and chilly during our drive north from Kentucky to Michigan…

but it was warm and cozy inside the log house.

Harry and Sandy's son and his wife were visiting from Los Angeles.  The brought their three-year old son and eleven week old baby girl.  It was the first time most of us had met the baby.

This is Harry, playing with his three-year old grandson out in the yard.

"Keep Calm, I'm A Big Brother" says his shirt.

Mike's sister was there, along with her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend who live in Austin, Texas.  Various friends and aunts and uncles were there, various generations of parents, grown kids, little kids and grandparents.  It was good to catch up with everyone.  We ate a lot of good food and drank a lot of good wine and watched a lot of baseball playoffs.

Bright and early Saturday morning, we headed off from Michigan to drive to Philadelphia, which is about 600 miles.  We arrived in the early evening and headed over to the house of friends to "break the fast" at the end of Yom Kippur.  We had more good food and more good wine.  We have great good friends there, and they always make us feel like part of the family.

This is the apple cake I couldn't resist.  I lost count of how many pieces I ate… but they were small!  We also had kugel, whitefish, cream cheese, bagels, lox, salami, corned beef and pastrami.  A feast!

We stayed in the Philadelphia area all week.  After break the fast on Friday night, we attended a surprise birthday party for a friend turning sixty, given by her grown kids.  So much food!  So many friends!  So much fun!  It was a great party.


Family and friends… and so much good food once more!

During the week, we stayed at our new condo.  We are moving into it slowly, driving back and forth from Kentucky to Pennsylvania.  We had a bed delivered last time we were here.  This time we got a new fridge and a loveseat, and ordered two new chairs to be delivered when we visit next month.

We had lunch at a wine bar near the condo one day…

and dinner in Doylestown another night.

We walked past a hookah parlor on our way to dinner.  Who knew there were such things?  I certainly had never seen one before!

We also found a cool light fixture at Ikea while we were there… far out!

Well, that was a lot of activity packed into one week!  A lot of food and friends and fun.  And how did we top it all off?  We went to a wedding!  The son of good friends married the girl of his dreams, and a great time was had by all.

I love it when, at the conclusion of the wedding the grooms smashes the glass and everyone yells "Mazel Tov" and applauds the newly married couple!  It is a glorious, happy moment.

My husband and I are on the right, with some good friends.  What a week it was… so much fun, food and celebrating.  No wonder I put on a few pounds!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Busy Weekend

We are going to have a very busy weekend so I won't have time to post much this time about my Israeli trip adventures.  I will put up this one picture.  I was standing among some Roman ruins.  There are lots of these in the area and they are fascinating.

Monday, September 29, 2014


My first trip to Israel was in 1993.  We flew El Al to Ben Gurion Airport.  The first place on our tour on that first day was Caesarea.  Caesarea is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, about halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa.  It is the site of an ancient Roman town that was built by Herod the Great around 22 BCE.  It served as the administrative center of the Judaean Province of the Roman Empire.

Roman ruins at Caesarea.

Roman aqueduct in Caesarea.

Roman theater at Caesarea.

This is our group walking along the beach between the Mediterranean Sea and the aqueduct.  That's myself and Olga in the foreground.  I can't remember who took the photo of us.  As you can see, it is was a beautiful site to see on our first day in Israel.

The modern town of Caesarea has a population of about 4,500.  Many of the residents commute to work in Tel Aviv.  There is also a Caesarea Business Park that houses 170 companies.

This is a modern day school and park in Caesarea.

Caesarea is home to two of five Ralli Museums in the world.  These museums were founded by the Henry Recanati Foundation to highlight Latin American art.  The first Ralli Museum was opened in Punta de Este, Uruguay in 1988; the second in Santiago, Chile in 1992; the third in Marbella, Spain in 2000.  There are two of the museums in Caesarea; one opened in 1993 and a second in 2007.  These two museums are located in a 40,000 square meter park.  One features contemporary Latin American art; the second features art memorializing Jews who were victims of the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal.

Some photos around the Ralli Museum in Caesarea:

Israel… one fascinating thing after another.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


More photos from Israel, this time in 1993.  These photos are from Jericho, which is the lowest city in the world, 800 feet below sea level.  It was VERY hot that day.  Someone took a photo of me while I was seeking some shade.

Ruins fron Herod's palace.

The cliffs above Jericho.

A Roman aqueduct near Jericho.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Old Photos

My recent high school reunion has me looking back.  Life is not so exciting at the moment, so I am looking back at some good times.  This is my husband and myself in Haifa, Israel back in 1995.  That was a great trip… I will probably post some more.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rosh Hashanah, Part Two

In case the "jazzy" one was not traditional enough, here is some beautiful music from Jewish liturgy.  It's my favorite part of High Holy Day services.

Rosh Hashanah

I was looking for something to acknowledge the Jewish New Year 5775.  I found this and I couldn't resist it!