Category Archives: The Middle East
May 28-June 5: Andrew visits Israel!
June 6-7: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 8-10: Salvador, Brazil
June 11-12: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 13-14: Iguazu Falls, Brazil
June 15: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
June 16-19: Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 20-22: Cuzco/Machu Picchu, Peru
June 23-25: Arequipa, Peru
June 26-27: Lima, Peru
June 28: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA!!
Istanbul was a wonderful surprise. I was expecting something more Middle Eastern, perhaps – similar to Morocco, but the reality is that Istanbul is a highly European city with well-organized public transportation, a sophisticated tourism industry, a thriving arts scene, and quite a bit to do and see. Our first night, we met up with a camp friend who knows Istanbul well and introduced us to the best Baklava in town, which quickly became a thrice-daily occurrence. We toured all the major landmarks – the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofia, the Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar, Synagogue, Bosphorus boat from Europe to Asia (one side of the city to the other)– each place magnificent in its own right. Clearly, after all that touring, we couldn’t help but unwind with steam rooms and massages at a Turkish hammam.
May 2 – Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel
May 7 – Ari arrives in Israel!
May 9 – Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day, Israel
May 10 – Yom Ha’atzmaut, Independence Day, Israel
May 10-13 – Istanbul, Turkey
May 14 – Ephesus, Turkey
May 15-17 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
May 18-20 – Elafiti Islands, Croatia
May 28 – Andrew arrives in Israel!