Hello, Sydney

Too busy catching up with myself to have much to share these first few days away. Boy have I been out of touch with me. The Sydney Opera House is gorgeous in all its moods and I must have taken 50 shots. I’ve seen a million opals, fallen in love with half of them and…

Random Things I Love about Paris ~~ January 7, 2018

It’s our second to last night in Paris, capping off a trip of a lifetime to exotic places I never thought to see. With all that adventure, I planned a little familiar comfort at the end of the trip with a few days in the loveliest city in the world. I wish I could write…

Time Travel ~~ January 1, 2018

Yesterday we said goodbye to Maria Gadnaor, a joyful, funny, sprite of a travel companion. We enjoyed her company so much. She saw us from Eilat, through Petra (Big and Little), to the place where John baptized Jesus and set the forces of Christianity in motion. The baptismal site is such a poignant place. There…

Makdous Fatteh ~~ December 30, 2017

So, I spent yesterday leaning on a cane as we hiked around and I got carsick descending into a valley where the rest went hiking in a creek. Still, it was a lovely day. The cane got me through Little Petra which was really lovely, even if it wasn’t big Petra. The natural rock formations…

Wadi Rum (The Valley of the Moon) ~~ December 28, 2017

Today was our visit to the ancient city of Petra, and I am sorry to say that I have nothing to say about it since I was laid up in a hotel room with a dodgy knee. [Gorgeous pictures of Petra, taken by Gale: The fall I took skidding in the sand of the Timna…

Deep thoughts and full stomachs ~~ December 22, 2017

A few days ago we were en route to Jerusalem from a Druze village in the north, tight against the Syrian border. There was bloody fighting here in 1973, a surprise attack on the Israelis from Syria on Yom Kippur. The Israelis were apparently caught unawares and as a consequence were fighting for their survival….

And now, Israel. ~~ December 18, 2017

Five days into our Israeli trip already. I am snug in bed in the Golan Heights, trying to assemble the last few days in my mind. I’ll just throw out the highlights, to bring us to now. We left Beirut on the 14th. Easy travel through Amman, no grilling by immigration on our entrance to…

Bye Bye, Beirut ~~ December 16, 2017

We woke up in Nazareth this morning, in an old mansion, once owned by a prosperous Christian, now converted to a guest house for tourists and pilgrims. The last few days have been tightly packed and I was trying to finish a textbook chapter, so that was where all my writing efforts went. No time…

Food, Food, Food ~~December 11, 2017

And more food. Yesterday was a walking food tour of Beirut. We ate ourselves silly and learned a ton about Beirut and Lebanon from Iffat, our truly amazing, warm and wonderful guide from Taste Lebanon. She spent the day with us, from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm (when we even got a peek at the…