• Wailing (or Western) Wall
  • Streets of Jerusalem
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  • 2X6A0112
  • 2X6A0118
  • The square in front of the Wailing Wall
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  • 2X6A0141
  • IMG_4452
  • 2X6A0171
  • 2X6A0170
  • 2X6A0175
  • 2X6A0181
  • Cemetary on the Mount of Olives
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  • 2X6A0190
  • 2X6A0214
  • The Frenchies
  • Shopping in Jerusalem!
  • IMG_4424
  • IMG_4421
  • IMG_4437
  • 2X6A0167
  • IMG_4458
  • IMG_4488
  • IMG_4427
  • IMG_4474
  • 2X6A0235
  • Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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  • IMG_4479
  • 2X6A0256
  • 2X6A0257
  • IMG_4484
  • 2X6A0272
  • 2X6A0265
  • 2X6A0268
  • 2X6A0280
  • The route to the Dead Sea goes cross-country
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  • 2X6A0320
  • 2X6A0325
  • 2X6A0330
  • 2X6A0333
  • 2X6A0346
  • 2X6A0345
  • 2X6A0380
  • Fighter jets
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  • 2X6A0343
  • 2X6A0348
  • 2X6A0352
  • IMG_4568
  • Roza!!!
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  • 2X6A0356
  • IMG_4604
  • IMG_4606
  • IMG_4609
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  • 2X6A0398
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  • 2X6A0406
  • 2X6A0288
  • IMG_4525
  • I can't remember what these are! it's fish and it's on the menu at Gordon Hotel & Lounge. And it's delicious!
  • Shrimp cigars at Puaa restaurant, Jaffa
  • The best thing I ever ate in my life: veal baklava at Yassou, Tel Aviv
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  • Lamb dish at Yassou, Tel Aviv
  • The building that looks like....
  • View from my room at Gordon Hotel & Lounge, Tel Aviv
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  • 2X6A0452
  • 2X6A0450
  • Pomegranates are BIG in Israel. Literally.
  • Pomegranete, star fruit and strawberry smoothie.............
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  • Jaffa
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  • 2X6A0476
  • 2X6A0479
  • IMG_4702
  • 2X6A0414
  • 2X6A0489
  • IMG_4706
  • IMG_4707
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  • Ice cream at Anita in Neve Tzedek, the West Village of Tel Aviv
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  • IMG_4761
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  • IMG_4775
  • IMG_4299
  • The sunsets in Tel Aviv are UNREAL!
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  • IMG_4669
  • IMG_4675
  • IMG_4678
  • IMG_4507
  • IMG_4714
  • 2X6A0430
  • Alladin was here... And so was Joos....
  1. Wailing (or Western) Wall
  2. Streets of Jerusalem
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  4. 2X6A0112
  5. 2X6A0118
  6. The square in front of the Wailing Wall
  7. 2X6A0148
  8. 2X6A0141
  9. IMG_4452
  10. 2X6A0171
  11. 2X6A0170
  12. 2X6A0175
  13. 2X6A0181
  14. Cemetary on the Mount of Olives
  15. 2X6A0195
  16. 2X6A0190
  17. 2X6A0214
  18. The Frenchies
  19. Shopping in Jerusalem!
  20. IMG_4424
  21. IMG_4421
  22. IMG_4437
  23. 2X6A0167
  24. IMG_4458
  25. IMG_4488
  26. IMG_4427
  27. IMG_4474
  28. 2X6A0235
  29. Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  30. 2X6A0252
  31. IMG_4479
  32. 2X6A0256
  33. 2X6A0257
  34. IMG_4484
  35. 2X6A0272
  36. 2X6A0265
  37. 2X6A0268
  38. 2X6A0280
  39. The route to the Dead Sea goes cross-country
  40. 2X6A0317
  41. 2X6A0320
  42. 2X6A0325
  43. 2X6A0330
  44. 2X6A0333
  45. 2X6A0346
  46. 2X6A0345
  47. 2X6A0380
  48. Fighter jets
  49. 2X6A0338
  50. 2X6A0343
  51. 2X6A0348
  52. 2X6A0352
  53. IMG_4568
  54. Roza!!!
  55. IMG_4595
  56. 2X6A0356
  57. IMG_4604
  58. IMG_4606
  59. IMG_4609
  60. 2X6A0388
  61. 2X6A0398
  62. 2X6A0397
  63. 2X6A0401
  64. 2X6A0406
  65. 2X6A0288
  66. IMG_4525
  67. I can't remember what these are! it's fish and it's on the menu at Gordon Hotel & Lounge. And it's delicious!
  68. Shrimp cigars at Puaa restaurant, Jaffa
  69. The best thing I ever ate in my life: veal baklava at Yassou, Tel Aviv
  70. 2X6A0061
  71. Lamb dish at Yassou, Tel Aviv
  72. The building that looks like....
  73. View from my room at Gordon Hotel & Lounge, Tel Aviv
  74. 2X6A0296
  75. 2X6A0452
  76. 2X6A0450
  77. Pomegranates are BIG in Israel. Literally.
  78. Pomegranete, star fruit and strawberry smoothie.............
  79. 2X6A0454
  80. Jaffa
  81. 2X6A0435
  82. 2X6A0476
  83. 2X6A0479
  84. IMG_4702
  85. 2X6A0414
  86. 2X6A0489
  87. IMG_4706
  88. IMG_4707
  89. 2X6A0493
  90. Ice cream at Anita in Neve Tzedek, the West Village of Tel Aviv
  91. IMG_4769
  92. 2X6A0589
  93. 2X6A0592
  94. 2X6A0597
  95. IMG_4761
  96. 2X6A0596
  97. IMG_4775
  98. IMG_4299
  99. The sunsets in Tel Aviv are UNREAL!
  100. IMG_4681
  101. IMG_4669
  102. IMG_4675
  103. IMG_4678
  104. IMG_4507
  105. IMG_4714
  106. 2X6A0430
  107. Alladin was here... And so was Joos....

The Israeli Diaries

I may have gone a little overboard with the pictures here, so please, I won’t be offended if you don’t get through the entire post. I’m sure you have kids to feed and cars to wash. But if you have a minute (or fifteen), check out this incredible country! I had never been to the Middle East before, and if they hadn’t started throwing bombs around I’d probably have seen a lot more. Alas, the atmosphere in Tel Aviv was not the same after Thursday night… On what was supposed to be the busiest, sexiest night of the week, we barely dared to step foot out the door. The city was empty and it stayed like that until I left on Sunday. No Israeli boys for me, no crazy dancing on the bar… Sigh…

But before all that happened I went visiting. I told you about the Dead Sea already – magic! But I was most impressed with Jerusalem. It had the same impact on me as Rome had. There’s so much history and culture there, it’s almost impossible not to feel small and in awe. Every religion is represented. Mosques were built next to Orthodox churches and muslims pray next to Jews. If you think about how old the Western Wall is (over 2000 years) and all the people who have stood and ‘wailed’ there before you, you go a little quiet. The shopping is intense too. The tiny streets are packed with vendors who sells all kinds of colorful stuff. I bought a hand-stitched Bedouin jacket for 450 shekel ($100) because I was cold. Everywhere I went other vendors yelled: “Nice Jacket! How much you pay?” They were hoping I got ripped off I suppose but apparently it was a price that could not be beat! Score!! Then, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, that’s something else…. It’s like an underground maze of mysterious rooms and altars, Orthodox with hundreds of images of Jesus and Mary. It’s kind of spooky but you can really feel the higher powers there. Again, you go a little quiet…

Tel Aviv itself has a few fun neighborhoods like Neve Tzedek (= the West Village) and Jaffa, the old port town in the South. There’s tons of vintage markets and the food is insane! I gained about 4 pounds in one week…. Awful but necessary. I tried every Israeli dish I think: Shaksuka (egg dish), Shish Kebab (meat balls on a skewer), Falafel, tahini, hummus, baklava, pomegranates, you name it, I ate it. The beach didn’t do much for me. The sand’s not very nice and the water is boring. Ah, and there are French people everywhere! (In case this entices you) The boys stare as if their life depended on it. I hear they love blondes with blue eyes and perhaps my little dresses were a sight – girls wear mostly pants in Tel Aviv.

Anyways, it was a very special trip, one destined by fate and circumstance. Tel Aviv has tried for years to become a tourist destination and when it was finally named the “world’s best gay city” the bombs started raining. Something the city had not seen since the Gulf War in 1991. I’m not taking sides, I just want peace so I can come back.

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