Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Tel Aviv Sunset

Sorry. Can't decide what to blog about again so when in doubt -- dig up another photo (well, in this case a screen capture) from Israel. This was taken near the Dolphinarium, where people gather Friday evenings to welcome Shabbat in with bongo drums and belly dancing (those photos for other lazy days). What's not to love?


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

And again, what a great shot that is.
Esther you brightened my mornig.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

I really hesitate to bring this up, because it's such a lovely photo, but the Dolphinarium discotheque was also the place where more than 20 young people were murdered in a suicide bombing that turned out to be the opening salvo in the so-called intifada. Unfortunately, the tragic reality in Israel is that places that should elicit pleasant thoughts sometimes become the scenes of unspeakable evil. Also, I know that some people who've posted on this site have mentioned that 9/11 was a turning point in their attitude toward Israel. The attack at the Dolphinarium took place in 2000, so there are probably a lot of people who don't remember it, but the sad truth is that on a comparative scale, Israel had already suffered several 9/11's by the time ours took place.

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I'm so glad, Felis. :)

Rory, well.... yeah. I guess I figured everyone knew that part of its history; I was trying to show them the positive stuff that's come from it and show the pretty picture. But you're right... I probably should have mentioned the other.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

Esther, I can understand where you're coming from because, in some ways, it speaks to the resilience of Israelis.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Esther, it seems like my NonBlogitis is contagious nowadays...

Beautiful pic.

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

My favorite vacation spot is Maui, but this beautiful photo rivals the pictures I took when I was last in Hawaii. Thank you for posting this.

I'm one of those individuals who didn't pay much attention until 9/11. I apologize for my previous selfishness and unawareness.
But now I understand the "unspeakable evil" which threatens to annihilate all who do not subscribe to Islam.

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"What's not to love?"

It sounds good to me. Are these pictures scanned in or are they taken with a digital camera?

At 12:51 AM, Blogger Internal Medicine Doctor said...

Hi Esther:

Sorry to rub it in but I was looking at that same sunset last night. ;-}

Too bad for you.

Just kidding.

My vacation is finally over tomorrow. The dolphinarium looks fantastic, just thought you'd like to know. There's a wonderful restaurant close by called 'camel' that is absolutely beyond delicious and is my favorite place to eat in the WORLD!

Oh I'm so sad I'm going back to the states. Forgive me guys but this place is sooooo great.

At 1:34 AM, Anonymous DavidParks said...

Es mo nochela sle fire ale etrre!

At 3:21 AM, Blogger JayM said...

Like the other one picture. its really beautiful here with this picture too.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Esther said...

So true, Rory!

RW, you got that right. And I learned the picture trick from you. :) So thanks!

AOW, I was on Maui for 5 weeks back in 1987 when Big Sister lived there for a year. Say the word (and get my scanner fixed) and I can start throwing those pix up too. ;)

Gindy, this particular one was actually a screen capture from video I took of the whole bongo drums evening. The Vegas shots were with a digital camera. The other Israel shots were with a 35mm SLR camera. Oh! And my avitar as well as the other DC shots during my conferences (ADL and AIPAC) were taken with my camera phone. ;)

Madman, I've been following your trip on your blog -- and yes, I'm pea green with envy! LOL! But you know I love hearing about it. Thanks for the restaurant suggestion. I will be sure to go there next time I'm in TA. Can't wait!!

David? Thanks for stopping by and commenting but what does that say?

Thanks jaym!

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

AOW, don't be too hard on yourself. I'm not sure I would have felt any differently, if I hadn't had a personal stake in what was happening in Israel. Also, I think it's admirable that you're doing that research, and thank you (belatedly) for those blog spots.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger SEAWITCH said...

What a beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing it with us.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I've got to get a digital camera.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Israelis/Jews love life, and it shows. Even after what the fiends did at the Dolphinarium, Israelis are still able to gather together to celebrate being alive.

Lovely picture, Esther.

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always nice while surfing doom and gloom to see such a relaxing picture. Thank you


At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

that image makes me feel homesick for Israel, yet I've never been there and I am not Jewish... Go figure


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