Israel 2020: Day 8

So awesome going to the Bahai Gardens today in Haifa, Israel. 


Took the train to Haifa and then a taxi ride up this big hill. 


Got out at the top and not sure what to expect. 


We go through security…


And then we see this completely BREATHTAKING view of the Bahai Gardens along with an amazing view of Haifa, the port, and up and down the Mediterranean Sea. 


The view Extended all the way up to the Crusader Castle in Akko. 


The terraced Bahai Gardens were spectacular.  


I’ve never seen anything like this. 


We walked down the terraces some 700 stairs. 


And along the way were fountains, gardens, and more beautiful landscapes and views. 


This is definitely something to see (thank you Hashem for this opportunity). 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Street Art Wow

Some street art just makes you stop and say wow!


This mural on the side of a building in Philadelphia is just amazing. 


It takes a regular street (even next to an abandoned lot) and makes it eye-popping. 


Some people seem to walk by and not even notice. 


I’m not sure how. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Woman In Gold, Gold, and More Gold

What an amazing painting featured in the movie, Woman In Gold.


The painting is called the Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer I and was commissioned by her adoring husband. 


That face! And surrounded by everything in gold yet you can still clearly make out her stunning dress. 


I’ve never seen anything like this: the vividness and the majesty of it. 

Honestly, I think there is a resemblance to my beautiful mother, Gerda Blumenthal who was also from Germany. 


The interesting history on this is that it was stolen by the Nazis from the Jewish owners in the Holocaust, but was finally returned to their family in America that succeeded in suing Austria for it back.


This is truly one of the greats! 😉


(Credit Photo: Gustav Klimt [Public domain])

Beautiful Tutim

Love these strawberries (i.e. Tutim) from Israel. 


(Hebrew classes are paying off…)


Large, red, and sweet to eat. 


They look so appealing and delicious. 


G-d’s beautiful fruits (and vegetables).


What an amazing world He has created for us. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Passover Menorah

It’s Passover this week, not Chanukah. 


So what’s with the menorah?


Well my friend, John Akkus (of Akkus Silver Touch), made this beautiful piece for me. 


I love the fine handiwork of copper, brass, crystals, Jewish symbols (Stars of David) and bold colors of this amazing menorah. 


John sells his art at the annual Suglarloaf Festivals in the Spring. 


I am so glad I found this wonderful menorah–it is beautiful all year long (through Chanukah and Passover). 


Thank you John and nice job!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Black Hole–What’s Really Important?

Amazing beautiful photos of a black hole from 55 million light years (311 million trillion miles) away. 


It measures about 25 billion miles across–about the size of 29,000 suns. 


If this doesn’t make you (with all the money, smarts, good looks, and ego to match) feel small, nothing will. 


We are but a speck of dust in this vast universe (maybe not even that). 


Perspective is in order for your life and what it means. 


Forget the money-grubbing and honor-seeking.


Realize what’s really important is what you do in terms of choosing right from wrong and good over evil in every small thing you do.  😉


(Photo Credit: Event Horizon Telescope)