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Cat Tales: June 2012

Posted on 30 June 2012 by brett

Reflecting on Life on the Road....Golan Heights, Israel

Reflecting on Life on the Road….Golan Heights, Israel

Jordan and Israel provided more religion than we’ve experienced our entire lives. Well, you get the drift. So, Turkey was postponed once again in an effort to rejuvenate the religious theme in August. Geographically, it worked better to visit Istanbul after spending time with Neda & Jeff in Bulgaria. The downside of this plan is that Turkey is super hot in August!

June turned into our most ambitious month in terms of the number of places visited. We toured most of Israel, the Baltic Region,Vienna, Austria and finally the countryside in Eastern Czech Republic. In the end, June yielded 14 cities in 30 days. Phew!! 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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