It’s snowing!!! I flew in from London for Thanksgiving last night and they said it might snow, and it is! It’s coming down in buckets, and everything’s already covered. It’s the first snow they’ve had this winter, and I’m so glad it waited until I got here!
I got back from my holiday late this morning, and it was awesome! I’ll put up my journal of the trip when I can, as I get around to it. Weird coincidences, tho. I flew Air Egypt four times in the last week, and was in Bethlehem and Netanya, where there have been violence and terrorist bombings before and after. It didn’t seem dangerous at the time… Just sunny and gorgeous and exciting and fun!
My Holiday! (or What I Did On My Vacation)
(retrofitted and in-reverse)
October 23, 1999 - Busy day preparing for the trip, and a late night flight to Tel Aviv (arriving at 4:30am for deadly passport control)
October 24, 1999 - Tel Aviv at leisure (i.e. lounging and reading on the beach of the Mediterranean)
October 25, 1999 - Jaffa, the Diaspora Museum, more lounging in the sun
October 26, 1999 - Netanya, Caesaria, Akko, Nazareth, arriving at the Sea of Galilee after dark
October 27, 1999 - Church of the Beatitudes, Golan Heights, Capernaum, a gorgeous boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and a long drive to the Dead Sea (but the night swim was worth it!)
October 28, 1999 - More swimming in the Dead Sea (more like flying than swimming, really), cable car up to Masada, Mount of Olives (awesome view of Jerusalem!), Bethlehem, and a beautiful night tour of Jerusalem
October 29, 1999 - Chagall’s windows at Hadassa, Holocaust Museum, Israel Museum (the Dead Sea Scrolls), Garden Tomb, Garden of Gethsemene, Shabbat starts, Jaffa gate and arab quarter
October 30, 1999 - Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock & El Aqsa Mosques, Via Dolorosa, Church of Holy Sepulchre, shopping in the arab quarter, Cardo Culinario (”the only Roman Judeo Kosher restaurant in the world”)
October 31, 1999 - Drive to Cairo (across the Sinai Peninsula, into Egypt (more passport control), and over the Suez Canal)
November 1, 1999 - Up at 4am to fly to Aswan (nightmare metal detection at the airport, since the Air Egypt flight had crashed in the US the day before!), High Dam, Aswan Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, felucca ride, boarded the cruise ship, boat to Philae and Temple of Isis, shopping
November 2, 1999 - Up at 5am to fly to Abu Simbel and the temples of Ramses II and Nefertari, ship sails to Kom Ombo for temple of Sobek and Hororis, then sails to Edfu for the night, and a costume party
November 3, 1999 - Temple of Edfu by horse-and-buggy first thing in the morning, then ship sails to Luxor (Thebes). Temple of Luxor at sunset
November 4, 1999 - Up at 5am for the Valley of the Kings (tombs of Ramses III, Sa-Ptah, Tutankhamon, and Thutmosis III), and The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (!!!). Then the Colossi of Memnon, and Karnak, dinner and back to Karnak for a sound and light show.
November 5, 1999 - Up at 5am to fly back to Cairo, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (and the mummies!)
November 6, 1999 - Memphis and Sakkara in the morning (the “Ozymandius” statue of Ramses, and Zoser’s Step Pyramid, among other things), then off to Giza for the Pyramids and the Sphinx and a nifty camel ride in the desert
November 7, 1999 - Up at (ugh!) 4am for an 8am flight back to London. But I got off lucky, in a way, the others had to fly all the way to Canada and Australia…