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Liam’s Israel Bucket List #8 & 9

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I’d referenced Liam’s Israel Bucket List (based on the book Let’s Visit Israel) in a previous post. A few weeks ago we scratched two more items off the list: Float in the Dead Sea and Ride a Cable Car to Masada Fortress. Liam’s “float” was too brief to capture on film because he had some scrapes on his legs that the salt water pretty much set on fire. Poor kid.

He did get to ride the cable car to the top of Masada with “Uncle” Bob while Stace and I hiked the Snake Trail with Fara. We went back a second time to show Grandma and Grandpa. I’m not sure if we will work it in or not, but Liam wants to go back one more time before we head back to the States in April. I think it might be his favorite place in Israel.

If you go for an overnight trip, I highly recommend Villa 1000 in Arad. It’s a Zimmer with apartment-style¬†accommodations. We got a great 3 bedroom apartment with full baths in each bedroom and a kitchenette. Nearby Muza restaurant is a futbol pub that is open on Shabbot and there is a small Russian grocery in town that is also open on Shabbot.

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Liam’s Israel Bucket List #1 & 5

September 20, 2011 5 comments

In the weeks before we left for Israel, I wanted to prepare Liam for what he would see and experience. I ordered books about Israel to read to him at night. One of his favorites was a book called Let’s Visit Israel. (The other favorite was Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel.)In Let’s Visit Israel, a boy does the following:

  1. Takes a plane to Ben Gurion Airport
  2. Rides a yellow tour bus up the hills into Jerusalem
  3. Walks along the walls of the Old City
  4. Takes a glass bottom boat in Eilat
  5. Rides a camel
  6. Rides in a jeep through the desert
  7. Rides a tractor on a Kibbutz
  8. Floats in the Dead Sea
  9. Rides a cable car to the Masada Fortress
There is a lot of riding in this book!
So far we can check off two things: landing at Ben Gurion and riding a Camel at Safari in Ramat Gan. Safari is a drive-thru safari with a full size regular zoo in the middle. We spent most of Shabbot there enjoying the animals and had a fantastic lunch of schnitzel, Israeli salad, pita, and hummus.