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Turkish Mediterranean Blue Cruise

Posted on 15 August 2012 by brett

2012 Blue Cruise Crew

2012 Blue Cruise Crew

Encountering new friends during our travels has delightfully taken us on unexpected adventures around the world. It’s funny how one small decision can domino effect your travel plans. Our decision to go to the Pearl Jam show in Prague lead us to meet Lauren & Dave in the 10 Club line…… while they were wondering why they weren’t getting buzzed from drinking non-alcoholic beer. It took a local Czech person to point out that the label read “Non-Alcoholic Beer”.  

Instant friendship is what made our decision easy to continue on following Pearl Jam to Berlin. Fast-forward one month later and all our paths crossed once again while in Turkey. Dave is so generous and offered for us to stay with him in Istanbul. And, Lauren invited us on an unforgettable Blue Cruise sailing trip around the Turkish Meditterrean Sea. Continue Reading

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Tel Aviv, Jewish Life on the Mediterranean

Posted on 09 June 2012 by christie

Tel Aviv, beautiful city on the Med

Tel Aviv, beautiful city on the Med

Tel Aviv is an extremely livable city and felt like home. The city is located on the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline and its beach offers much opportunity for sunbathing, swimming, paddle ball or just people watching at one of the many restaurants. Tel Avivans are out enjoying life at every hour of the day. Lively outdoor restaurants, cafes, bars and interesting trendy shops seem to be on every block as you wander around the city streets. Beautiful parks, playgrounds, and outdoor markets are plentiful among its neighborhoods. We went to a few awesome markets, including a farmers market, furniture market and a flea market. Our favorite was the antique market where we both bought special pieces of jewelry to remember our time in Israel.

Tel Avivans enjoying life

Tel Avivans enjoying life

Tel Avivan Life
The sense of community and togetherness is what we loved most about Tel Aviv. Brett says it reminds him of growing up in Northeast Philadelphia. People come together everywhere, be it the beach, park, outdoor cafe or local food market. Tel Avivans are simple and un-pretentious people that value working, being with family and friends and enjoying their daily lives. It was quite a different experience from being in Jerusalem and Tzfat, where religion rules people’s lives. In Tel Aviv, people seem to be more focused on family traditions such being together for Friday night Shabbat dinners, rather than the strict religious aspect of Judaism. There is a vibrant gay community and we were fortunate to experience “Pride Week” during our visit. Continue Reading

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