Getting around

John and Richard overlooking the Sea of Galilee

Last weekend we made an encore trip to the Golan Heights and the Galilee area with our friend Richard. We stopped for a Middle Eastern lunch at the south tip of the Sea of Galilee, then stopped at Château Golan winery for a tour. Then we headed to Vered Hagalil, our favorite cabins overlooking the lake. We enjoyed the view and had a nice dinner before setting out the next morning. Richard introduced us to a little chocolate factory, De Karina, in a village near the Syrianborder, where he had visited on his last trip to Israel. After tasting chocolate and taking a tour, we walked to Pelter Winery and sampled some of their wines. We spent the  rest of the day visiting other wineries: Galil Mountain, Dalton, and a new one for us, Adir.

We were off on Monday for Memorial Day, so we had a nice breakfast at Benedict’s, then took a walk through Neve Tzedek and the market. Tuesday we said goodbye to Richard, as he headed to Jerusalem and to Petra, in Jordan. It was great to have a visit with him! Click to see more photos from our trip.

Thursday night was book club at our house, which is always fun. This month’s book was “Deadly Embrace,” about America’s relationship with Pakistan.

Friday afternoon we had happy hour with a lot of co-workers, then John took me out for dinner for the second time this week at Whitehall.

Saturday we welcomed our friend Billy, a co-worker from Jerusalem. We walked down the beach for a nice dinner at Manta Ray, then enjoyed another Benedict’s breakfast with him this morning. After a nice stroll down picturesque Rothschild Boulevard, he headed back east.

Seems like folks in Hot Springs aren’t doing so well. I found out that Mom fell last week and got pretty banged up – luckily nothing is broken. I really appreciate the cousins keeping an eye on her while she heals up. Then I learned that Cousin Annette broke her arm – hope everyone is recovering!

Cool octopus kite flying outside our window

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