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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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Some of the most exciting leg of our trip happened in these places… especially according to the kids! Needless to say – floating in the Dead Sea is the biggest hit for kids.  We loved the healing mud and other-worldly float on water that is made of up at least 1/3rd salt and minerals.  We also learned how one would farm in the desert, and tasted the world’s greatest tomatoes and berries.  And Mount Masada – amazing!  The kids’ heads were stuffed with stories of King Herod, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony to name just a few .. and it’s amazing to me how much ancient proof of existence lies everywhere.  The smartest cistern and public water system exists here as well..

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Zoe watches people walk up, from the comfort of the tram

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atop Masada and the blue Dead Sea in the background

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the gang’s all here!

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a dip and mud bath in the Dead Sea..

 

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so much hard layering of salt

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best tasting berries ever…

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the trick is to grow them OVER the sand

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I now have new ideas on how to tame our tomato growth!

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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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This crazy, fun, warm city built out of desert – filled with frenetic markets and halva, dried fruits, pickles and nuts, and the oldest history and most beautiful Ottoman era culture and architecture.  We had our first taste of shawarma here and .. did I mention the halva?  It’s everywhere, and that made me very very happy …

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market full of yummy olives and options

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halva or halvah or halwa – any way you slice it, I love it!

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apparently Ben-Gurion use to like to do handstands on the beach, as does Zoe!

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before and after photo showing that Jaffa truly stands on desert

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I love these outdoor boxes that keep the menorah glowing for all to see

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more halva!

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spice towers at the market

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these folks don’t mess around with their love of pomegranates

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a cat snoozes at a Yemenite jeweler’s studio

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Wow… it was an epic “year end of travel”:   4 countries in 2 weeks from Dec 21 to Jan 4!  We have lots of pix to share… starting with beautiful Lisbon which is where we had a quick 6 hour layover before traveling on to Israel.  Stay tuned for more pix!

 

Lovely Lisbon full of textures, patterns and colors.  We hope to return again some day, and have more time.  The only thing Zoe didn’t like were all the canned anchovies and sardines – The Portuguese love canning up their seafood ; )

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who doesn’t love pink streets?!

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We missed the boat (or ferry? pun intended) on getting out to Governor’s Island this past summer. However as it turns out it’s really nice to get there in the fall.  The cooler temps means that the kids have more tolerance of being outdoors on the slides and walking around in the sparsely shaded areas … and the small/new trees were starting to turn!  Best of all .. kids could walk around the abandoned houses (now turned into temp gallery spaces) and trick or treat for candy, which was a pleasant surprise. And the sprawling displays of pumpkins can’t be beat.

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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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Before I had a week of work here, we spent some weekend time romping at the new District Wharf, and around this pretty city while spring was in full bloom!

 

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en route we spotted a momma and her ducklings!

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Louie loves cat napping in the car

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we love pink streets!

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.. and awesome swings for adults

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Can’t beat playing giant games on the warf in this perfect weather

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this hotel accepts dogs! friends for Louie and friendly hand nibbles for Zoe

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and yummy GF food everywhere

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