image image image image image image image imageThere was a pro-Palestinian demonstration today in Paris, calling for a boycott of Israel and for the recognition of the State of Palestine.

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10oct15. Paris, France.


I finally received my first negative comment from someone so angry that I am labeling my posts “Palestinia Images.” I am glad someone is angry. This means someone is thinking about the conflict. I mean no disrespect and at the bottom of each post is the date and the place, denoting Israel (for example, “Nazareth, Israel.”) I am currently reading a phenomenal history book called “Jerusalem: A Biography” by Simon Sebag Montifiore and I am stuck in the times of the Crusaders, the Hospitallers, the Jews, the Muslims, the Sheikhs, the back and forths of possession…so when I label everything “Palestinia,” it’s based on my mindset as I travel through this land ~ my perspective is based much more on the times of 3000 BCE, than the modern times. Again, I mean no disrespect, and to put it succinctly: it’s my blog and I can do what I want. It’s your choice to view the pictorials or not. Very simple. As life should be.

Baha’i Gardens:


Sail Tower, a.k.a. District Government Center B, named after Yitzhak Rabin. Started construction 1999, completed in 2002. Is now the second tallest skyscraper in Haifa. With its antennas, it is the tallest.


Thai Corn Soup and Japanese Curry at Frangelico on Ben Gurion:


Egg Sandwich at Shtroudl on Ben Gurion:


Mini Chocolate Croissants and Vegan Apple Pastry at Aroma on Ben Gurion:


31DEC13. Haifa, Israel.


Nazareth is called the ‘Arab capital of Israel’ because it’s made up mostly of Arab citizens. It’s also thought to be the place where Jesus grew up, so it’s a very popular pilgrimage site. I visited the Church of the Annunciation (largest Catholic church in the Middle East,) St. Joseph’s Church (and it’s believed his carpentry workshop was below – you’ll see a set of stone stairs in the pictorial – they supposedly lead to where he would have worked,) Christ Church (est. 1871 – I snuck in, as there is a bit of restoration going on,) the convent (they allowed me into just the courtyard to take a picture,) and then as always, lots of beautiful buildings boasting incredible architecture:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

30DEC13. Nazareth, Israel.


Acre (/ˈɑːkər/ or /ˈkər/, Hebrew: עַכּוֹ, ʻAkko; Arabic: عكّا‎, ʻAkkā, Ancient Greek, Akre, Ἄκρη) – wiki

Akko is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. Its first settlement was believed to have been established around 3000 BCE. The city has history with Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Saludin, Richard the Lionheart…there was a constant battle for this place because of its port and religious implications – it fell under the Kingdom of Jerusalem and everyone wanted it outright – Muslims, Christians, Jews, so it was back and forth back and forth for centuries. The dilemma was much like what Israel/Palestine go through to this day. Acre was captured by Israel on May 17, 1948. At this point, it is a mixed population of Arabs and Jews, with Jews in the majority. Lots of Arabs were displaced once Israel captured it.

It was a dark afternoon filled with lightning, thunder, and heavy rain. It set the mood perfectly. You’ll see the sea wall, the market, artisans at work, mosques, churcehs, and beautiful architecture: