Sunday, May 27, 2007

Time to wash off the dust of history and chill out

Hangin' out with the kite surfers on Tel Aviv beachfront.

2007 May 27 israel trip IMG_3041 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Simply breathtaking

There's nothing I could write to describe the Old City vista, seen here from the Mount of Olives.

2007 May 26 israel trip IMG_2958 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Jerusalem Syndrome

The Jerusalem syndrome is the name given to a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences, that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem. It is not endemic to one single religion or denomination, but has affected Jews and Christians of many different backgrounds.

No really, it's true I tell you. I don't make this stuff up.

We arrived via Jaffa Gate, and paid homage to our little community on the tip of Africa.

2007 May 25 israel trip IMG_2902 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Of course, we visited the Kotel / Western Wall - probably the holiest site in the entire Jewish world.

2007 May 25 israel trip IMG_2837 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker

2007 May 23 israel trip IMG_2675 (by Dave Reinhardt)
2007 May 23 israel trip IMG_2674 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Back on the spice route (2)

Avdat is another town on the spice route, a few hundred km from Petra, on the route used to carry spices to Gaza from where they'd be shipped to Rome.

2007 May 23 israel trip IMG_2669 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Workin' on my tan

This lovely shade doesn't come naturally you know.

2007 May 22 israel trip IMG_2585 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Monday, May 21, 2007

On the Nabatean spice trading route (1)

One of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen! Petra is literally carved out of the red sandstone hillsides.

The pictures of King Hussein I (d. 1999) and his son, the reigning monarch, King Abdullah II, are everywhere in Jordan.

2007 May 21 israel trip IMG_2406 (by Dave Reinhardt)

The Treasury is one of the most spectacular sights in all of Petra. It stands dozens of metres tall in a dazzling red sandstone glimmer.

2007 May 21 israel trip IMG_2459 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Little stands selling souvenirs are located throughout the site. Don't be tempted by the tourist prices - if you're interested, I have a cousin who runs a newly opened souvenir bazaar... let me take you, it's not far.

2007 May 21 israel trip IMG_2489 (by Dave Reinhardt)

On the way over

At the Yitzchak Rabin border post between Israel (Eilat) and Jordan (Aqaba).

2007 May 21 israel trip IMG_2367 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Livin' it large

Miles upgrades meant business class, and us rugby players can be sizeable.

2007 May 19 israel trip IMG_2329 (by Dave Reinhardt)2007 May 19 israel trip IMG_2331 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Saturday afternoon rituals

Admittedly not as exciting as being at the game, but watching the Gunners hold Chelsea to defeat in the Premiership still felt good.

Regent's Park

We're often here for a Sunday morning walk with our little cousins, but usually I'm tucked away in the camera bag. Today, with crummy overcast weather, I finally got to see the place myself. Not bad grazing ground.

2007 May 06 regent's park IMG_2104 (by Dave Reinhardt)