Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Mosaic That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Shalom Yeladim:

You know that I'm spending this summer on a nature tour of Israel. That doesn't mean I don't take time out for art. Sometimes it goes hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to mosaics. We are a land of rare mosaics often  unearthed by archaeologists.

Have a look at this one.

It was found in Tzippori -- a small city sitting on a hill in the Lower Galilee.

Take a look at another mosaic. This one was discovered in the city of Lod, which is not far from Ben Gurion Airport.

You get the picture? Mosaics are part of our landscape. They don't always have to be ancient and they're not always dug up by archaeologists. The city of Netanya just created the world's largest sock mosaic. Sounds unbelievable, but have a look and think twice about throwing away socks with holes.
Hmm....a sock mosaic. That could make for a good summer activity!
Have fun!

Tziporri mosaic photo credit

Lod mosaic photo credit

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Different Kind of Animal Hospital at the Ramat Gan Safari

Shalom Yeladim:

Yesterday I reported about fish flavored popsicles for animals at the Ramat Gan Safari. I buzzed over for a few licks and to my surprise I found out that this Safari is a very caring place. Around two years ago they opened up a special hospital for injured wild animals and treat close to 2,000 creatures every year.

Who knew??? I just found out and it makes me really happy. Read this article. If you're an animal lover, you'll be hopping on the next plane to Israel. The hospital is so overcrowded they're thinking of opening a new wing.

Hm...I could make a pun about wing and flies....but I won't.

Le'Hitraot at the Safari....Zvuvi

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Latest Heat Wave News HOT off the Radio

Yeladim, we're having a heat wave -- an Israeli style heat wave --  and I've got HOT news for you that's really COOL. Makes sense, since everyone wants to stay cool right now. Anyway, it was just reported on the radio -- as in 5 minutes ago -- that the Ramat Gan Safari  is preparing special popsicles for its animals. I think I heard that they're even going to make fish flavored popsicles!!! I've got to fly over there right now because we flies can't resist fish. And hey, I'm hot too!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Let's Go Kayaking on the Jordan River

Yeladim -- kids -- it's hot out! That's why I'm making Kibbutz Kfar Blum the next stop on my nature tour.  This kibbutz is in the upper Galilee, so it's going to be cooler there than the center of Israel.

I'd call Kfar Blum an action packed vacation spot in the middle of a lot of nature. The best thing I like about Kfar Blum is going kayaking on the Jordan River.

Hmmm....I see a bunch of kayaks over there.

What's that? You'd like to see what kayaking on the river is like before you get in? No prob. Watch this clip. It's got kayaking and a lot of other cool, action packed activities -- all at Kfar Blum.

I told you, you're gonna wanna do this.

Do I go kayaking in my book? You bet. Go to page 19. Where there's something to buzz about, I'm there.

Kayak photo credit