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Friday, October 09, 2009

מועדים לשמחה/Moadim L'Simcha!

A Guest Post by Zahava

One of the truly special things about living in Israel during the chaggim is the relaxed-but-still-celebratory mood that permeates the air. Many businesses close or run holiday hours. Kids are off from school. And families... we get to spend time together – exploring our beautiful country and reconnecting with one another.

Earlier in the week we enjoyed a wonderful trip up the Biqua (Jordan Valley). Our destination: Beit She'an, where we enjoyed:

  • lunch at פלפל זהבה/Felaphel Zehava (of course!)
  • a dip in the spring-fed waters of גן השלושה /Gan Hashlosha (סח'נה /Sachne)
  • a hike through Beit She'an National Park (excavations have revealed archeological remains dating from time of the Egyptian Empire!)
  • a delicious dinner in the comfortable Sukkah at שיפודי הקיקר/Shipudei HaKikar


Midweek we enjoyed the hospitality and company of friends in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Yesterday was the big finale. We drove up the northern coast to חוף דור/Chof Dor and זכרון יעקוב/Zikhron Ya'akov.

Yonah_Chof Dor


We really enjoy the beach at Dor. It is sheltered and serene. The water, on a sunny day, is the most lovely shade of sparkling aqua, and the sand is soft, warm, and inviting.

We first became acquainted with the area when we participated with a פתיל תכלת/Ptil Tekhelet marine tour a few years ago. Note: if you haven't done this trip, you really must!

It was such a luxury to enjoy the warm lapping waves of the Mediterranean, to feel the gentle kiss of an autumn sun on the backs of our necks, and to observe small schools of darting silver-fish as they maneuvered around delighted children!

After our time at the beach, we meandered over to  Zichron Yakov for a tour of the יקב כרמל/Carmel Winery.

The tour is also a must if you are in the area! It is just about an hour-and-a-half and includes a scenic walking tour, an informative film, and a delicious tasting.

MomDad_Winery

Yonah_Winery

Zahava_Winery

Gili_Winery

3of5_Winery


Following the tasting, we enjoyed a scrumptious meal in the spacious Sukkah of the winery's bistro before exploring a few of the lovely shops around the town's מדרחוב/pedestrian mall.

Aaaahhhh..... vacation....

A nice way to go into שבת/Shabbat and שמחת תורה/Simchat Torah!

Ari_Winery


שבת שלום וחג שמח/Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

Posted by David Bogner on October 9, 2009 | Permalink

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Very nice photos. So now we know why David hasn't posted for a while. Thanks Zahava for having taken over.
Chag Sameach to you and your family.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Oct 9, 2009 3:11:15 PM

Sounds like a lovely week and I am THRILLED to see recent pics of the family... BEAUTIFUL! :)

Posted by: Val | Oct 9, 2009 4:41:49 PM

That sounds amazing. And oh my gosh, Yonah looks SO BIG!

Posted by: uberimma | Oct 9, 2009 4:50:48 PM

Delightful post and great pictures!

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

Posted by: Mark | Oct 9, 2009 5:18:06 PM

I LOVE the picture of Ariella!! (the other pics are good too)

STRONG RECOMMENDATION: next time you are up north, anywhere near Tiveria, go to the PAGODA restaurant. It is the best Chinese restaurant in the country!!

You must make a reservation 2-3 days in advance, it is THAT good!!

Posted by: Rivka with a capital | Oct 10, 2009 10:46:32 PM

Wow, your kids are so big! Looks like a terrific chag!

Posted by: SaraK | Oct 12, 2009 5:16:35 PM

Holy mackerel. Yonah's huge!

Posted by: Tanya | Oct 29, 2009 10:24:49 PM

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