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Old Jaffa

We spent our Shabbat at Old Jaffa this week. The boardwalk is a wonderful combination of old and new. The Etzel House is an excellent example of this. The building  is literally a modern second story built on ruins. It is closed on Shabbat, so we weren’t able to go in. From the beach we could see two mosques and some well done graffiti that said “SEVER UTAH ETHER”. We assume is an anagram of something, but an online anagram generator produced over 300 possibilities, and I lost interest at about #28.

We spent the morning enjoying parks in the area, including Charles Clore Park. The beach itself was very narrow, but the park was perfect for some kite flying–and you know I had the Koi with me, so I took her out for a spin. There was a vendor in the park selling bubbles, toys, and kites. They actually had a koi kite. It was a little strange though because it was pink and yellow. I’ve never seen a koi in those colors…

It was so nice to see so many kindred souls out there flying kites. Kite etiquette was somewhat lacking though. Doesn’t everyone know you never cross the strings? I had to move several times to avoid entanglements with a grown man flying a Dora kite. Now, that’s just wrong on so many levels. Then the Koi had a close encounter with a para-glider. That was a bit unnerving, but again we emerged unscathed. Stace captured the tense moment.

We had lunch at Manta Ray on the beach. They were very kind and moved us inside from the deck when it got very cold and windy, even though we didn’t have an inside reservation. The food was quite good. We really enjoyed the salad assortment and Stacey’s spring chicken with rosemary was wonderful.

There were plenty of opportunities for Liam to climb. I swear all that child needs is a pile of  rocks to be happy. I decided that the next time we are in Kentucky I’m taking him to Mammoth Cave. He’ll be in heaven.

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  1. November 5, 2011 at 17:31

    Sever, Utah and Ether are apparently big-time graffiti artists that were collaborating in various spots around Israel. http://senseslost.com/2011/06/06/ewok-sever-in-israel/

  2. Tbrein
    November 5, 2011 at 19:41

    All little boys just need a pile of rocks or a stick to be happy – sometimes that works for big boys too! I’m glad that your experience there is going so well and you all seem to be enjoying it.

  3. Chris Schardein
    November 6, 2011 at 02:15

    Bill has said several times that when he comes back to Kentucky again is when he will have another pile of dirt delivered! At least that will be a bit more cushion if he falls. He really liked the last one we had.

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