Thursday, August 30, 2012

Israel: Tel Aviv University Zoo

Tel Aviv University has a small zoo that can be visited as part of an organized group, or through special connections. We had the latter, and Little N had the best time looking at all the animals, many of which are free to roam. The highlight though was walking around with a peacock feather!

And this concludes our Israel recaps! Stay tuned for the next part of our trip...hint: it start with a Flor, and ends with an ida.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Israel: Tel Aviv Mitcham HaTachana & Neve Tzedek

One of our most memorable visits to Tel Aviv, we headed down to the southern part of town on the border with Jaffa to visit the newly re-done Mitcham HaTachana, the old Tel Aviv Train Station that was recently re-done as a shopping and dining mini-district. The complex is oh-so-touristy complete with restored train cars but it is very cute! The Station area is adjacent to the picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, so following an excellent lunch we also strolled in the area.

Mitcham HaTachana:

Neve Tzedek:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Israel: Jerusalem 2

Our second trip to Jerusalem also involved lots of socializing, but we also managed to enjoy the downtown area and the Old City! We made the day into an adventure by taking the relatively new light rail (thus avoiding having to deal with parking). Our verdict: semi success. While the train was nice and efficient, it stopped for unreasonably long times at stop lights so the "priority" supposedly given to it, is obviously not working. It didn't however damper our visit and Little N enjoyed lots of walking time and his first trip to the Western Wall.

making our way into the Old City

at the Western Wall

Yaffo Street, looking good

walking on Yaffo Street

on the light rail

Friday, August 24, 2012

Israel: Jerusalem 1

We managed to make it to Jerusalem twice on this trip! All things considered it was quite a feat, but we managed to make the most of it and had a great time. Our first visit was purely to spend the day with some very good friends. We walked around the Emek Refaim area, enjoyed lunch and each others' company. Of course we had to grab some dinner from our favorite restaurant, Focaccia Bar, and Little N most certainly approved of our choice!

The following morning we made a mandatory visit to the Shuk. We had a great breakfast and then did some exploration with just a tad of rugelach shopping!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Israel: heading North

Our trip this summer involved a whole lot less hiking and a whole lot more visiting than our normal adventures. We only made it up north for a couple of days and other than a couple short walks didn't get to tour very much. Nevertheless, we had a great time visiting friends and family.

our rental car (diaper change time)

The first stop on our trip was Zichron Yaakov. We had just a bit of exploration time to peruse the main street area, starting with the grassy visitor's center.

We continued our drive north up to Kfar Vradim and enjoyed the amazing view from the balcony of our hosts. Little N had his very first piano lesson and got to enjoy some mountain scenery, quite different from what he's used to.

On our way back south the following day, we stopped in Kiryat Tivon to visit some more friends and family and then it was time to head back to our home base.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Daily Life: June

We got ready for our trip.

M finished his family medicine rotation that took place at a hospital across town.

We finally checked out Trompo Magico, the local children's museum.

M got a concussion at a soccer game (but everything was fine)

More pool time!

We flew to Israel!

We celebrated Little N's first birthday!

We went to Tel Aviv (and several other places) and Little N started (really) walking!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Israel: Tel Aviv Marina (and around town)

We went to Tel-Aviv several times during our month long visit. It is "the center" of Israel after all. One of our favorite places to walk around is the marina; it is the northern end of the boardwalk, and is now connected by a really nice walking path to the main boardwalk in the more central part of the city.

the Marina in the morning calm

schnitzel, bigger than the kiddo

And a little taste from the rest of Tel-Aviv:

typical residential street

outside Dizengoff, old and new

coffee shop fun in one of many many many cafés in town

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Israel: flight and arrival

By the title of this post you already know that this summer we went to Israel!

On our flight on the way there, we had a short flight in first class. Heaven. The other passengers were skeptical of course, but they had nothing to worry about. The extra space meant that Little N could stand on the floor in front of us and was amazing! The seat was also large enough that he could situate himself for a short nap.

happy in first

This also meant that we had club access during our layover. We took the opportunity to wash Little N in the showers and dress him in pajamas in anticipation of the night flight. It made everything so much more manageable. The 11 hour flight ahead of us could have been a nightmare, but it wasn't! The kiddo slept 7 hours, laying across both of our laps and so keeping him entertained for the remaining time was not bad at all. We arrived tired but ready to go!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daily Life: May 2012

We attended an Independence Day event.

We spent lots of time at the park.

We celebrated Mother's Day!

We spent lots of time at the pool, and with friends!

We went to a baby shower.

We celebrated Shavuot!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hello Blog!

Oh hello there blog readers, we may have neglected for a little while but we certainly haven't forgotten. Here's a sneak peak of posts to come: