Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sleigh bells in the sky?

Good-bye smoggy Tel Aviv, hello blue Mediterranean

Hello dreamy evening sky over Europe
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Well, these shots are from my short flight to Switzerland a year ago, as evidenced by the Swiss cross.
BUT . . . as SkyWatch Friday opens next week I will be winging my way to Australia!
It is time to meet (for the first time) my one-year-old grandson and to see how much his five-year-old brother has grown. The boys will be on summer vacation and free to have lots of fun with Savta Dina for six weeks.
I have to be at Ben-Gurion Airport at 3:00 a.m. Christmas morning (Thursday), flying at 6:00. Tel Aviv to Madrid. Change planes. Fly to London, wait 6 hours at Heathrow, and only then start the flight back east, over Europe again, this time in the direction of Sydney, with a short stop in Bangkok. Landing in Australia on Saturday morning. From the first take-off to the last landing: 39 hours. zzzzzzzzzz...
Obviously, I will be out of blogging range for a few days. So to all who celebrate it, merry Christmas to you! If my jet passes Santa's sleigh and reindeer in the sky, you will hear about it.
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SkyWatch Friday has all kinds of tales and photos by hundreds of sky-watching bloggers around the globe. We always expand our horizon by visiting some of them.

35 comments:

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Australia! What a wonderful trip you have ahead of you! Wishing you all the beauty and wonder of the season, Dina. I hope you have a marvelous time with your family.

Leora said...

That's a long way to fly. Can't go straight through to Bangkok?

Anyway, I'm thrilled you will get to spend time with your grandsons.

Look forward to learning about Australia.

ilanadavita said...

Have a safe trip. Nice shots.

Sylvia K said...

You do have a long trip ahead, but what a wonderful one! I know you must be excited! I would be! Enjoy your grandsons! Look forward to your post when you return!

Gill - That British Woman said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family........

Gill in Canada

George Townboy said...

Great shots. Have fun in Australia.

Guy D said...

Great shots, thanks for sharing.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Tink *~*~* said...

Doesn't it seem crazy that you have to go to London to get to Australia? I hope you have safe travels, lots of fun, and take lots of photos!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

kaybee said...

Oh my goodness, Dina -- what a long trip. But it will be worth every minute, I'm sure -- just to see those beautiful grandchildren!

May all your celebrations be precious and meaningful!

crete said...

Lovely pictures as always, Dina. We have problems now in Crete and Greece, so far not as bad as in Jerusalem, but we wait and see.

Ray

Kay said...

Have a wonderful time, Savta Dina! I'm so excited for you! Your boys are so adorable. Please give my best to Naomi and family! Happy Chanukah to all!

Rune said...

Very nice photo!

Reader Wil said...

So finally you are almost on your way! Three o'clock in the morning is terrible. Your flight is much longer than mine. We went from Amsterdam to Hongkong and from Hongkong we went directly to Cairns. It's a long journey and for you it's extra long. I am so sorry for you. My problem was swollen ankles. The last time I wore support stockings and that helped.

Sue said...

Lovely views there, and take some more on your long flight to see your grandchildren, and take some of their skies from the land, too!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful sky.
Happy Holidays.

jordaenne said...

Beautiful Dina

Happy chanukah to you all and to all a good night and a very merry season.

JOY for you that you can catch up in real time with your family.

The sky in this photo is so beautifully dreamy that you just may see him after all. ho ho ho wo wo wo no no no. ha ha .you never know.

And Merry Christmas

love and light
jordaenne
hugs.bon voyage.

bennie and patsy said...

I am so happy for you . Thank you for the Merry Christmas.

Ann said...

Ouch, would have thought there was be a shorter route than that one, through Dubai, Doha or Bahrain then Singapore to Sydney. Hope we can meet up while you are here.

Cloudia said...

We'll miss your posts, Dina.
But how wonderful that you are making this exciting journey!
Bring things to read, and to eat, and plenty of patience. You will mingle with the clouds . . . . and sweet little people await you with much excitement I'm sure. If you fly over, send me an "Aloha Oy"
Enjoy, Dear

Arija said...

A wonderful shot of Tel Aviv.
Enjoy your stay in Sunny Australia as it you did not have sun enough!
Have fun with your grandchildren away for a while from the daily stresses of conflicts.
Have a wonderful time with your family during your as well as our festive season.

spacedlaw said...

That is a LONG trip.
Looking forward to pictures from Australia.

vincibene said...

Breathtaking pictures!

gel said...

Could it be a large dreidel in the sky instead?
Enjoyed these interesting angles and views plus your background info. (here as a new one via Sky Watch Fri.)

JC said...

Dina, Have a great trip. Take a lot of pictures to share with us. Especially if you catch a glimpse of Santa. I love these pictures. You had a clean airplane window. Peace and joy to you. JC

GMG said...

Hi Dina! With a 48h day I would have time to enjoy your blog more often; shame on the time controller… ;))
WOW! Six weeks in Australia? I wish I could do that... ;))
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is departing Tunisia 2007, but managed to keep the delay in posting on twelve (12) months only. Great achievement… ;)) Enjoy and have a great weekend!

fishing guy said...

Dina: Nice captures, have fun visiting the kids in the outback.

Pietro said...

Enjoy your trip!
Happy Holiday, Dina.

CathM said...

Hope you have a great trip in Oz. I'll be following your flight path in a month or two (lol). Anyway, I look forward to your blog entries from Down Under. Take care of you.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

enjoy your time with family...good thoughts be with you and happy holidays.

Robin said...

Wow! What a contrast in skies! Very nice shots. :)

Debbie said...

Hope you're having a great trip. I love photos from a plane - although they always make me want to go hop a plane somewhere myself.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the comments. Are you looking forward to your flight?

Eki Akhwan said...

My God! That's going to be a very looooong flight, Dina! (I once had a 36 hour flight [including two stopovers] from Jakarta to Miami, FL. So, i sort of know how boring it will. But I guess, it won't be as boring to you ... the great expectation of seeing your grandchildren will more than make up for all time time you spend on the airplanes.

These photos are very nice, anyway. This is the moment I usually enjoy when flying ... right after take off and moments before arriving at the destination.

Catherine said...

What a travel! I wonder why it is necessary to fly West for to go East later? That's a mystery of airlines traffic!
But you get a perfect aim, Dina. Hope you'll bring us back some touching pictures.

J.C. said...

Dina, I bet your plane would fly over Malaysia, it's south of Thailand. I shall look forward to hearing your sleigh bells ringing and your happy laughter ho ho ho.. as your plane flew over our sky!

Wish you a wonderful time with your grandchildren and family in Sydney! Happy Holiday!