Happy Independence Day, Israel! The big 6-5!
After a rather somber day, full of blue skys and sunshine, tonight this country is going to get down!
I’ve sent a shout out to a fellow Israeli Blogger Treppenwitz, who knows the joys of getting around Israel on a vespa, a while back here on the blog. In that post, I mentioned a little video he uploaded of his driving through J-lem’s Old City on the ‘pa. Today I wanted to share a very lovely story of his about kindness, women on scooters, and what happens to cute outfits worn on vespas in reality. I’ve included his story below and be sure to check out his blog!
This photo comes from Treppenzitz’s blog and was taken this past March when a great surprise happened in the country: SNOW!
“Being someone’s knight in shining armor:
I had a meeting in Tel Aviv not too long ago, and to get there, I had to take my scooter onto a fast moving highway called the ‘Ayalon’.
At one point I found myself following a nicely dressed young woman riding a little retro looking scooter. Read more
Shalom Tel Aviv: the best way to say goodbye, that only makes you want to “stay, stay, stay for a while“.
Yesterday’s goodbye to Jerusalem at the Austrian Hospice: a peaceful rest from the chaos below.
Boker Tov and Shabbat Shalom.
My favorite cafe in Rehovot: Chef Emmanuel. So charming.
This past week has flown by and I’ve covered a great many kilometers trying to say “Shalom” in my own way before leaving. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some rather great moments in all the chaos this past week and take some time to enjoy the now that will soon be only memories. Today is my last day of rides with the vespa, as my scooter insurance covers till the end of the day.
The range of feelings I have experienced this week has left me a bit exhausted. I keep floating from excitement to return stateside (and seeing my loved ones at home) to yearning for more time with this beautiful land and loved ones here. At least I know that October’s return flight will be here before I know it and there is comfort in that. I can’t wait to eat tons of Tex-Mex and Chick-fil-a. Woohoo.
I’ll only add these few photos today and get the vespa adventures posted soon, but I thought these moments were worth sharing. I hope all of you have a very lovely weekend. Cheers.
Living above this bustling little village in the kibbutz has given me a unique experience with the city and its inhabitants. It is one of the first places that I remember getting to know in my first days in Israel and have grown very fond of it since then. Since one of the two ways to get down from the kibbutz is through Abu Gosh, I’ve seen the many faces of the city and learned a good deal about the underbelly of the place and its history. I think the most interesting happening, which doesn’t happen often nor should worry you (but does point to the fact that this place indeed has an underbelly), is one night after coming back from the bars in Jerusalem. The town was pretty quite, as it settles down soon after nightfall, as we turned the corner on the main street and there was a car right off the road on fire- in complete blaze. Not something that was an accident and one of the most interesting visuals I’ve ever saw here in Israel. Everyone is the cars was like, “yeah, Abu Gosh” and didn’t seem to think much of it. I couldn’t stop looking back to see the sight though and remember thinking how odd that it seemed ‘normal’! (more…)
Fashion and style are matters of taste and found within the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to the ladies. I, personally, tend to like bolder pieces that garner second glances or inspire wonder about the piece itself. Riding on the vespa and trying to do it with safety and style in mind hasn’t been an easy feat, but I feel that I am coming closer to perfecting my version of what a Ladyvespa looks like. (A term I kind of made up, so just go with.) Read more
This is my last week here in Israel and I plan on getting in as much as I can before I leave, since I won’t be back for a good while. I’ve found plenty of drafts to complete and topics I’ve put aside lately to cover during my break, so my worries about what shall happen to this blog are no more! Before leaving, I plan on going to all of my favorite places and soaking in these last moments with landscapes I love and the people I adore. Get ready for a week packed of fond farewells to some of my favorite places here in Israel, via Vespa Adventures and tons of photos. I plan on squeezing in at least one more ride to Tel Aviv-Jaffo area, more of the roads through the Judean Mountain terrian, try to get the courage to finally take the ‘pa to Jerusalem, scoot some more around the Abu Gosh/kibbutz area, and a few other places I’ve grown fond of during these past few months. I hope you enjoy these farewell posts and soak in all the sights with me, as I say a fond Shalom to Israel and my little Roxy Vespa (-only till October, not forever). (more…)
"The annual Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem will be taking place between June 6-14, and will be once again adding a stunning and dramatic dimension to the amazing Old City walls and alleyways.If you enjoyed the Old City before, then head on over to this unique Light Festival to see this amazing place in a new light, quite literally! The action takes place throughout the Old City, but a typically good starting point is Jaffa Gate, where much of the action kicks off. Events will start at 20:00 each night and shut down at 24:00 (Friday June 9th the festival will not be open). This annual festival brings the world’s best light sculptors to the Old City. As well as some of their amazing works on display throughout the Old City, there is also a special daily opera production of Verdi’s La Traviata, held at Zedekiah’s Cave. In addition, the famous dance troupe Mayumana will also be performing at least two shows daily throughout the festival (there is an entrance fee, call 02-6237000 for details). For more details about the festival, see the official site: lightinjerusalem.org.il."From http://www.israeltrade.org.au/jerusalem-light-festival-2012/,
"Following the success of last year’s Jerusalem Festival of Light, Jerusalem’s Old City will once again form the magnificent backdrop for lighting installations, exhibits and tours in the Light in Jerusalem 2012 festival, June 6- 14, between the hours of 20:00-24:00. This celebration of light in an urban setting, the initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority together with the Prime Ministers’ Office, Ministry of Tourism and the Jerusalem Municipality and produced by the Ariel Company, is once again expected to attract over 250,000 visitors to the Old City over the week-long festival.
Special attractions (free admission) include artistic light exhibits designed by leading local and international light artists on display in the Old City; street events and performances; tourist attractions; a lighting fair in the Davidson Centre Archeological Garden and four different trails around the Old City following the illuminated sites and installations. This year, the Light Festival will explore the connection between light and sound and the senses of sight and hearing, as well as the special relation that is created when a visual experience enhances an auditory experience and vice versa.
Featured artists exhibiting at the festival come from, among others, France, Portugal, the USA, Denmark, Belgium and Italy. At the Jaffa Gate, the French TILT group, participating in the festival for the second time, will create a futuristic garden of light in an exhibit that encircles the audience and creates an innovative urban environment using advanced technology. At Zedekiah’s Cave, Bwindi Light Masks by Italian artist Richi Fererro will feature African masks which come to life using light and a soundtrack that combines guttural Mongolic music with the singing of Bulgarian peasants.
The celebratory lighting installed on the Former Municipality Building in honor of the 1937coronation of King George VI will be reconstructed; a video mapping work on Rothschild House will take visitors on a journey by train from city to nature to sky and another installation will create a dialogue with the Jerusalem stone using illuminated objects to create illusions. El Wad Street will be transformed into a festively lit, lively marketplace, from Damascus Gate to the entrance to the Western Wall."
The festival is open to the public free of charge and appropriate for visitors of all ages. This year's festival will emphasize the connection between light and sound in two unique shows (there is an entrance fee for the shows). For further information about this festival, visit Lightinjerusalem.org
TIPS: The tours are lit by their respective colour, with a light rope that directs you through the old city and helps you keep on the path. Just follow this “light rope” and you’ll be okay. Make sure to see all of the Red (my favorite) and Green lines, but you can skip over the Blue*. As the space was really cramped for all the people and this line was only kind of “meh“. (*Personal choice and suggestion.) There are tons of people around and a lot of security, so there is no need to worry about safety issues. They have made it as safe as possible to attend this event at night, so yalla! It is well worth trying to see the Old City lit up with all this light art installations if you can, as it is really something different and cool to witness.