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Somehow miraculously the rain that week stopped for us so we could walk and explore.  We got to spend some time around the Grand Palais and the Louvre.  Even in colder weather, the grounds of the Grand Palais were inspiring.  The Louvre was – as always – really crowded, but fun to mill around.   And we found king cakes (galette des rois) in shops everywhere to start off the new year right.  The kids were truly delighted to discover a Perrier fountain in the middle of a public square where we could continuously fill our water bottles with Perrier.  I’m not even lying!

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ahhh more gorgeous light!

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Here it is the end of the month and I still have photos of our trip from 2019 to share!  While we had more than a ‘stop over’ in Paris (we stayed a couple nights) it didn’t feel like enough time to see it all.  But taking in the gorgeous painter’s ‘light’ that everyone told me about, and the super romantic architecture everywhere… I can see why my husband wanted me to see this city so bad.  The kids loved it too.  Our first night was about settling into our cute Airbnb and then walking around the 10th arrondissement. We got there in the afternoon but the sun seemed to set in Paris at about 4 and then didn’t rise again until 9 a.m!  Zoe seized the opportunity to wear her favorite sparkly beret as soon as she could, and was happy to learn that macarons are gluten free!

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Wow .. I must admit, this part of our trip just blew my mind.  It reminded me of when I’ve traveled to less touristed rural areas of India (which I love!)  And frankly if we had more time,  we could’ve hiked around and found so much more.  But it’s a lot of terrain to cover.  It was amazing to learn that Bedouin communities still live in these caves – and the erosion of the stone around here is so beautiful; revealing so many differing colors of minerals.  At first it seemed crowded with tourists but then after hiking around for hours, I had moved beyond the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ feeling and this mystical place took on a whole new meaning of its own.

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glorious Treasury at Petra!

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People do still live here in the caves

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camels galore!

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Jordanian flag waving proudly by this monumental site

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cousin Tali examines the foot of an ancient and worn statue

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cousin Jake gets bit while getting a selfie near a camel ; )

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Zoe keeps her distance

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carrying his drum sticks, even into a cave in Jordan!

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look at all that patterns in that stone –

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and in the end, a stop for rose water treats and lunch in a restaurant nearby

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By night we did a quick run to the Christian Quarter to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Christian Quarter.   The site was packed .. and it was hard to move around .. but this mix of Greek Orthodox and Armenian church architecture was fascinating.  By dark we made our way back to the Wailing Wall and got a glimpse over the city while walking back to our hotel…

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While we had some cold, drizzly weather to start –  the clouds did eventually part and we had some delightful sunshine while starting our tour of Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter.  What a fascinating city of history and culture.  By the time we got to the wailing wall with grandma and grandpa (the folks who catalyzed this trip in the first place) the sun and blue sky made an appearance for us.  It was so moving to be at the wall as several generations of Jewish family… grandparents, parents and kids.   When we walked around on our own – we found winding little streets where neighbors repurposed their recyclables and made charming art on their front gates and homes.  And the kids loved trying on the food at the Old City muslim market before Shabbat – we learned that Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness (because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah.)  No wonder there’s pom juice and seeds everywhere!  IMG_2154IMG_2157IMG_2164IMG_2165

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more cats snoozing in market stalls…

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moving moments at the Western Wall with grandma

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Ezra and grandpa leave a note..

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feasting on pomegranate seeds

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Somehow I don’t mind the cold as much if I’m somewhere as gorgeously scenic as Great Barrginton, Mass.  A friend had her lovely, newly renovated home to offer to us (thanks, Lorena!) so we seized the opportunity to get some much needed downtime just the four of us, in nature.  I love how Zoe connects so well to animals and it’s not at all surprising that Woody (the neighbor’s pony) really loved Zoe.   And – as always – Ezra managed to find a jazz band in town where he just stepped in and jammed with them.  Check him out drumming at this local consignment shop: click here.

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Are you ready for Halloween?  We have been gearing up with multiple costume changes (even for Louie) – but sadly it may be raining too hard tonight to give out as much candy as we have in years past… Not sure exactly what mashup of costume Ezra is coming up with, but his goal is to ‘not be too scary’ – and Zoe is apparently going for ‘Ginny Weasley’ from Harry Potter’s series.   This is the first year in awhile that I haven’t had to make costumes from scratch, but we are just reusing everything we find around the house… what are your plans?

Happy Halloween~ !

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Open House means open art studios… the smell of fresh paint and art studios takes me back to the smell of college!  I love it! And all those huge industrial windows filling rooms with sunlight… what’s not to like?  We love seeing artists use these squishy, spikey rubber balls as a paintbrush of sorts – such a fun use of a stress ball!

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another September, another Rosh Hashanah at the barn where we were tossing tashlikh into the ocean and contemplating all the ways to improve ourselves this year… starting with some self healing in nature and tooling around Long Island:

 

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We made a quick getaway for the long weekend, before the hustle of homework and extracurricular stuff starts. We had perfect weather and some exposure to lots of street signs in French – and Louie even got to come along.  Turns out, he’s a great traveller. Would walk for miles and never complain.   Ezra did some busking with Canadian street musicians (see him on instagram.com/ezdrumsnyc) and Zoe jumped on a huge zip line; taking a few years off my life while I just watched helplessly from below.  Oh Canada!  I miss it already.

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see that black speck in the clouds? that’s my fearless daughter on the zip line!

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Louie and the kids love dog art

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so much cool architecture

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reflecting rainbows in the streets

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grand cathedrals

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and the food!!

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Louie loves Ezra’s brie and baguette lunch habit

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Louie is all walked out and ready to snooze

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