Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Travel Tales: Driving from Galilee to the Desert

Sunday, September 12, 2011

The night before we drove toward the deserts I caught the sun going down over the mountain in Galilee. Sadness filled me because our stay in Israel was coming to an end.



The next morning we had to get to another kibbutz. Sweetman had a meeting with the head cheese at Shamir. This kibbutz manufactures optical lenses.


After, we took the scenic route to get to Jerusalem. I took a few good shots of the Sea of Galilee.



On our travels we came across rows and rows of date palms.


For miles everything was green until we ended up in the Negev and the Judean desert. At the top of the sand mountain or hill, is a makeshift Palestian home. It’s walls are made from cardboard and aluminum. Sometimes you’ll see old clothing sown together for the front and even the sides of their homes. None of my other pictures turned out.


We had miles and miles of desert.



We followed the guy below. He was toting a group of sheep. I don’t know where they’re traveling to, but he’s going to be a part of my blogfest I’ll be hosting along with the telephone from the flea market in Jafa.


We followed him all the way to the Judean Desert and a small Palestinian town. Man, was he slow, too!



I don’t know how these women can wear all those clothes. I was roasting in the air conditioned car. The further we got into the desert, my head throbbed from the outside heat. Being in the desert was the equivalent to being a turkey in a convection oven. It sucked the life out me despite the amount of water I drank.

As we entered Jerusalem, the car over heated loosing it’s get up and go. It was our prayers that got us to where we wanted to go. Jafa Gate. The Cardo. And, The Wailing Wall.

Once we made it there, Sweetman had morphed into an unpleasant creature but we’ll talk about that another time.

I’m hoping to post our adventure in Jerusalem tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Lately, my life’s been an unexpected adventure and it’s getting on my nerves. When all the surprises come to a halt, I’ll write about it in an upcoming post in a Beth Muscat-fairytale-style-way.

You all should go check out her fun blog @All Kidding Aside. Yesterday, she had a pumpkin puking in a toilet. She also does fabulous posts on Wal-Martians (Wal- Mart peeps) and she has a love for kitties. And sometimes, she writes these really cool fairytales using her bloggy-buddies as characters.

Oh and, one more thing. Beth has published some books. Remember the Eyes series (which I’ve read-very sweet). The Bracelet and Wildflower. She’s a paranormal romance author. I implore all of you to go check her out.

Okay, this concludes this post for the day.

Hope your real life is drama free and your fiction life flourishes in it.



  1. Love these pics. I, like you, can never understand all the clothes, and dark colors too.

  2. Convection oven?Sucking the life out of you no matter how much water you drink--ha--welcome to my desert oasis! We have the date palms here too. I just wish we had the Sea of Galilee. I drink at least 5 bottles of water a day--don't worry we recycle.

  3. Wonderful pics again. Every time I see those women with their heads covered it makes me cringe. I HATE having stuff on my head.

  4. Ah!! More pictures that make me jealous...Glad I can at least live vicariously through you :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  5. @DM: I couldn't wear all those clothes either. It's so binding like prison.

    @Eve: I didn't know that.

    @Donna: Like I told DM it's a prison.

  6. @Sarah: I'm glad you like the pictures.

  7. Excellent pictures, Shelly. Beautiful and stark.

    I look forward to your perspective on the Old City... particularly the Kotel.

  8. Shelly, seeing your beautiful photos makes me want to go there even more!

  9. I can certainly see why you were sad to be leaving. Beautiful - I must go some day.

  10. I love the pictures and the way you walk us through it. My husband travels to Africa, often countries on the equator - he noticed people drinking hot coffee in the hot sun. I tried it once here, and it does make me feel more comfortable in the heat.

    I hope whatever's troubling you gets better.

  11. I'm suffocating by just watching those women wear all that clothes. Someone should really strip them down. I love to see Jerusalem at least in pictures. And such a lovely sun. :)

  12. Great pictures!

    Fingers crossed for you.

  13. I love that beautiful! I've always been a sucker for sunrises and sunsets....the sky, all different colours. Just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing these pictures...!

  14. Oh, BTW, thanks for the plugs!!! I appreciate that. I was just thinking the other day how I haven't done a fairy tale blog in a while...I guess I've been so busy with my re-write and trying to keep up with all the WMD stuff and my own blogs, and then my lovely friends send me picture emails that I just HAVE to blog about....that I haven't had a chance to do one. You've inspired me...I'll do another one soon!!! :o)


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