I am finally home and enjoying time with my family… which includes boring them all to tears with my stories and pictures of Israel. (I guess my trip story telling is not as exciting as actually being there…kids can be rough critics…) I am going to rid myself of all of my desires to share my trip here… so in other words I will be boring all of you to tears!… (Sorry wished I could promise more… although there will be a weird picture or two)
I stayed at Herods in the city of Herzliya. (I finally know how to say the name of the place) I want to share some pictures of my hotel… ya… I know… if you are like my children you are rolling your eyes. You can look at them quickly if this bores you too much.
Umm… I know that I shared breakfast pictures last time I stayed but in keeping with my “bore you to tears” theme here it is again. This time I will share just a small subset of the amazing breakfast buffet. (Click here Trip to Israel (part 2) to see a more comprehensive view)
I had fish every morning. On the far left you will see the smoked salmon with a sign stating that it was salmon. This is one of the only fish that I could recognize with certainty. What I found interesting is that the rest of the fish didn’t have signs. I never knew exactly what I was eating. I wonder if there were no signs because the cooks didn’t know what they were serving.
I also ate some of the nuts and dried fruits but to be honest I mostly ate bread with the honey. There is something special about getting it from the honey comb and this made me want to eat it every day. (you can see the honey comb upright near the nuts and small jars of jam)
And yes… I gave into the temptation offered by this part of the breakfast buffet. I do not think I have ever eaten so much desserts for breakfast in all of my life. This might be my new favorite breakfast… pound cake, cheesecake, and halva!
Near the hotel there are great beaches. I had only visited the one south of the hotel not realizing that there was a much larger/nicer beach to the north. I had a goal to walk along the beach south all the way to Tel Aviv (16 km round trip.. here is a map) but I didn’t get the chance to do this… maybe next time.
The harbor also has many restaurants and stores and is a fantastic place to wander around aimlessly. I love watching the cats, people and boats (millions of stray cats everywhere… ummm millions might be a slight exaggeration) . The food was fantastic as well. Here are some pictures taken near my hotel at the harbor.
If you look closely you will see some cats. One up by the orange sign was the only stray that looked… well like a stray… it’s face was mangled. I avoided it. The rest I had no problem being near and if you were eating they had not problem rubbing up to you under the table… eww just thought about the mangled one rubbing up against my leg. Even with pants it would be disgusting. I would probably have to throw those pants away.
My first night there we ate at the harbor at Benny HaDayag (the fisherman). I was not really hungry but thought that I would get a light fish dish. I ordered a Moroccan fish dish… I know… not very light but it sounded good. I had no idea that the order included a bunch of other stuff.
Ok… I am going to stop boring you… well not really… I want to share some more random pictures… hopefully more entertaining. I often speak of creating a “coffee table” book.(yes I am all talk no action). Here is another coffee table book idea. “Art crap you see by or in the road”… maybe too long of a title. I know, I could just call the book – “Roadside Crap”.
Here are some pictures for that book!
Ocean themed roadside crap!
Military themed roadside crap:
Intimidating or unrecognizable roadside crap:
Ok, enough of that… sorry if the pictures were blurred. I took most of these through a car window while riding in a car. (that was redundant… I can’t imagine a case where I would take a picture through a car window without being in the car) I have just a couple more pictures to share.
This was the most confusing bathroom I have ever visited. The outer signs showed that the entrance was for both men and women. Once you enter the door you have a women right and a man right set of signs. I am sorry I didn’t take any pictures inside but from there it got more confusing.
There were two doors and in between the doors a “man | woman” sign. I figured that the door on the left would be the man’s door and the door on the right would be for women… but I wasn’t sure. I was relieved when I saw urinals and started to do my business. I looked up and then noticed the same “man | woman” sign above my urinal. What did that mean? Was this a “unisex” bathroom? and my biggest question… Can women use a urinal?
I am not sure what this sign meant… does it mean I should run down the stairs?. On the other hand I knew exactly what the following sign meant. “Danger of Death”… much better warning than “Danger of Electrocution”.
For those wondering, A colleague of mine asked if McDonald’s was the same in Israel.(This would be very important to Ben) My colleague was told that it is exactly the same. You never want to just blindly trust what people say…and luckily we didn’t have to eat there to validate this since I was able to find absolute confirmation!
For the end, I want to share with you a statue I saw at a park in Ra’anana. I was not able to get a picture so I borrowed one from the internet… (I usually don’t do that… on this blog the photos are always mine).
I post this not just because it is fun to look at but it also serves as a public service warning. For those of you who have not enough reasons for avoiding the accordion here is one big reason that should dissuade you from playing this awful musical instrument.
Thanks for taking the time to read me again.