Sunday, February 14, 2016

Red flowers for you


Happy Valentine's Day, beloved blog readers.
Red flowers for you from the Negev, where stones outnumber flowers.

For the famous Israeli song "Kalaniot" (meaning anemones) and its best singer, the late Shoshana Damari,  please see my earlier post.

Have a bright and happy Sunday!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Moscow meets Rome


Vienna's beautiful St. Nikolas Russian Orthodox Church, in November.
(Click to open the photo, then once again to greatly enlarge it and see the detail.)

Within the next hours, Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis will have a historic meeting -- over coffee at Havana airport.
The first coming together since the great schism in 1054.

UPDATE:  On Twitter:  

UPDATE 2:  Here is the Joint Declaration that resulted from the meeting.
UPDATE Feb. 13:
My favorite quote from the get-together:
"Together, they discussed concrete proposals for working together, “because unity is made by walking,” the pope said. Even if the goal of full unity is not reached in this lifetime, he said, “at least when the Lord comes, he’ll find us walking.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016



For ABC Wednesday E is for my son, Edo, exercising at Elma, exactly one year ago.

Daughter Naomi gave it a try, too.
I was too busy taking pictures.

You may remember my 8 nice posts about Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel in Zichron Ya'akov.
Thanks to the right connections, our whole family got to be together and stay two days at the new hotel, before it was officially opened. 

Don't you just love the table?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Remembering Hong Kong on Chinese New Year Day


Happy Year of the Monkey!
In honor of Chinese New Year today,  I'm pulling up the only photos I have of China and remembering a pleasant 6-hour wait in Hong Kong Airport last August.
After a 12-hour flight from Tel Aviv, the coffee was a necessity and the young people making it were lively and friendly.

Plenty of planes of many colors to watch on the busy tarmac.

Signs on the moving walkway ask you to pay attention to children and old folks while walking, and not have your eyes glued on the cell phone. 

Hong Kong International Airport is big and bright with free wifi and free computers all over.

I found this interesting, both the instructions and the language.
Click and enlarge if you'd like to read about a multi-faith prayer room.

Finally it was goodbye to Hong Kong, and another long flight down to Australia.

Happiness, good luck, and prosperity to you in the Year of the Monkey!
(Linking to OurWorld Tuesday.)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sleepy cats share their bench with me


 I tried not to wake the fluffy sleeping cat, but his was the only bench I could find for my picnic.

The cats at the Open Museum in Omer Industrial Park all seem to feel protected and are laid back and pettable.

And apparently also well-fed because they didn't beg while I sat between two of them and ate my cheese sandwich.
(Linking to Camera-Critters.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The 3-dimensional illusion in historical photos


For ABC Wednesday, D is for Dina in 3-D glasses.

Dozens of glasses wait for visitors and pupils who come to the Open Museum in Omer.

You can't see them properly, of course, but here are some examples of the big three-dimensional photographs taken in Eretz Israel in the late 19th century.
Here above is Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate when it still had the Ottoman clock tower just outside the Old City wall (the tower was soon torn down by the British in 1922).

This is labeled "Ancient Fountain of the Virgin, Nazareth, Palestine."
It was fascinating to gaze at these pictures; I felt like I was really "in" the scene, mingling with the women and children. 

Fallahin plowing.

"Tiberias, a town of Jewish fisherman, Sea of Galilee"

Please click on the photo and then once again.
You can read how stereographs were made and how American publishing house Underwood and Underwood produced and sold the set about Eretz Israel in 1900, focusing mostly on the Christian market.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Departure hall "café"


Merisi of Vienna chose this month's City Daily Photo Theme Day theme.
Vienna, coffeehouse capital of the civilized world! --  Merisi must have a thousand choices.
She is asking us CDP bloggers to share a favorite coffee place in our neighborhood.

Actually I am not a café type of person so I have few photos of such places, especially not Israeli places.
This strange one that I show you, well, I never sat there. 
But I LOVE walking by it.
Why? Because it is in the Departures terminal of Ben-Gurion International Airport, and that means I am on the way to a gate to a plane, to fly away somewhere!

The tables in the big circle are surrounded by over-priced coffee and cake stands; I think you just buy what you want and go sit down. 
In the center a fountain does its water show under the high dome, adding its noise to the general clamor.
All around the circle are duty-free shops and fast-food places. 
For some reason an "artwork" that always reminds me of a totem pole is part of the "decor."

People, a lot of them, sit and eat, drink and talk, and happily watch the screen on the wall show their flight's departure time getting closer and closer.  
(We have to be at the airport at least three hours before, because of all the security checks.)

If you want to see a real coffeehouse in the grand style, see my post on Café Museum, to which an Austrian friend took me in my first-ever hour in Vienna last November.
And check out the wide diversity of coffee places that City Daily Photo bloggers will be posting starting now.
More about our nice airport in these earlier posts.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What is a Messerschmitt but doesn't fly?


Ta-da!  It opens up!
Lihi, the nice guide of the Open Museum at Omer Industrial Park, is proud to show us this special microcar.

It's a 1960 Messerschmitt Isabela, with a 690 cc, 2 piston engine, made in Germany of course.

After the war, the Allies for a time did not allow  Messerschmitt to build aircraft.
In the early 1950s the company turned instead to small motor vehicle manufacture.

The collection of 32 antique cars exhibited at the Omer Open Museum is owned by Eitan Wertheimer, son of entrepreneur and industrialist Stef Wertheimer.
I'll show you some more in future posts. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Beer Sheva's Holocaust Memorial


The United Nations decided that January 27, the day on which Auschwitz was liberated, should be the International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Israel has its own day, in the spring, to remember the Shoah.

This is Beer Sheva's memorial square "to remember the victims of the Holocaust."
The four words written in Hebrew are from the Book of Esther 9:28 and mean
"Their memory will not fade from their descendants"
or in a different translation,
"The memorial of them should not perish from their seed."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Growing like a tree


Granddaughter Libby with Tu BiShvat goodies from pre-kindergarten (here in Meitar, 2014).
Dried fruit of the Land on a skewer!
Today, in contrast, is a cold and rainy Tu BiShvat holiday with snow in some parts of Israel.
See yesterday's post for more about the 15th of Shvat, the ancient birthday or new year of trees.
(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Tu BiShvat! Have some fruit.


Tu BiShvat, the nice Jewish holiday marking the new year or birthday of trees, begins tonight.
Years ago, before the time of refrigeration and rapid transport, when Jews in the Diaspora wanted to celebrate the day by eating fruits of the Holy Land, they had to eat dried fruits instead of fresh.
It evolved into a custom even here. 

The colorful varieties on this Arab seller's cart parked on Mt. Zion, just outside the Zion Gate, are a treat for the eyes.
These days, however, dates and raisins are  about the only ones that are local; all the other dried fruit is imported from Turkey, Hawaii, and Thailand.

If you'd like to learn more about Tu BiShvat please see my posts from earlier years.
There are nice pictures there from a Tu BiShvat seder (modeled after the Passover seder).
Happy birthday, trees of Israel!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Two parents, two handwritings


This has nothing to do with Israel, but . . . here goes.
Turns out that today is National Handwriting Day in some English-speaking nations.
Didn't want to illustrate this post with a sample of my own penmanship lest you submit it to a graphologist for analysis.  Oi! ;)
So here is a page from my mother's scrapbook that she made when my father went off to war as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in 1943, with all the mementos that sustained her in that difficult time of waiting.
If you click a few times you can enlarge my scanned photo enough to read  two very different styles of cursive:
Mom's left-leaning script (can you even read it?) with open circles to dot the i, and Dad's right-leaning easy-to-read writing (which is like mine).

I just hope my young device-prone grandkids will be taught cursive in school so they will be able, for instance, to read this family treasure, the scrapbook made by their late great grandmother.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Making circles in the sky


Can you remember the last time you drew circles with a compass?
From many decades ago I remember the sharpness of the metal point and the pencil lead.

This giant compass welcomes workers and visitors to a hi-tech company, one of many on the sprawling campus of the Omer Industrial Park near Beer Sheva.

Linking to ABC Wednesday and to SkyWatch Friday -- making circles in the sky.  :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bronze bicycle, bare bum


As promised, here we are at the Open Museum which is part of the hi-tech industrial park near Omer, in the Negev.

This sculpture is especially for today's ABC Wednesday.
B is for bronze bicycle and bare bum.

Too bad BICYCLE is so hard for Israelis to spell.

The world consists of cogs


As an old Yiddish proverb says,
The world consists of cogs: one depends on the other.
Di velt iz a hekeleh: ainer darf tsum anderen.

And on the wall, Hebrew idioms using the word "wheel," e.g. "to reinvent the wheel" and "If Grandma had wheels ...."
I found these in a play area for kids in the antique automobile museum at the Omer Open Museum and Industrial Park.
In future posts you will see their nice sculpture garden, a photography exhibit, friendly cats, and of course the old cars.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Double Helix bridges the gap


Beer Sheva's new Double Helix bridge was officially opened last week!
Half a year ago train traffic was shut down for one weekend so giant cranes could lift the bridge parts into place.

The small pedestrian bridge on the left lets students walk from the train and bus stations over to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The new big bridge lets people walk over to the growing Advanced Technologies Park.

Trains go under (it's less than an hour to Tel Aviv).

And people go over.

The view from the bridge: Ramot, a new neighborhood of Beer Sheva.

The train station and bus stops.
And a parking lot for the Park and Ride folks. 

Some escalator repair was still needed last Thursday.

There are two flights of escalators up to the top and also an elevator.

All the photos can be much enlarged with a click or two.
Here is a bit more information:
Double Helix Bridge Connecting ATP to Train Station Dedicated
(Linking to OurWorld Tuesday.)
UPDATE: A nice article about how Beer Sheva is growing, with a photo of the bridge when it was still lying on the earth in two big sections.