Published: March 21st 2010March 21st 2010
Just a note .
All the pleasures of home...I am so fortunate for a friend like Cynie and her mom . Their Israel is easy to enjoy and just BE...I have been sleeping a little later , having coffee and breakfast without having to get dressed and going out , reading a paper and generally recouping my energy for the travels of the next few weeks.
Cynie's town is a pleasant place and the home they built there is a weloming space . Her mom's is an apartment overlooking the Mediteranean and featuring the most amazing sunsets. I am a fortunate woman.
Israel has bee a real surprise to me . I had not realized that it is such a beautiful place . The Galilee and the wildflowers , the Jordan valley that is filled with agricultural fields growing everything from oranges ,olives , bananas ,and garden produce of many kinds . The sand dunes by the sea , the SEA , eucalyptus groves that were planted to dry out the swampy areas by the sea , grain fields and more wildflowers and blooming trees... beautiful!
Then there are the ruins .Romans , crusaders , ottoman...they appear here and there as one is driving along . Yesterday we stopped by a Aquaduct built by the Romans that has a block carved with the name Hadrian and the date ... just there , beside a road , gradually being eroded by the elements . There are too many ruins to maintain and/or restore the all and life must go on...
A beautiful and fascinating country .
Tomorrow I move on again . Hope all is well... keep me posted.