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Tel Aviv, Israel

June 16th, 2019|

Tel Aviv is defiantly tranquil.  Despite the fact that they are the closest target for radical Hamas terrorists on the Gaza Strip, people who live here seem to brush off violence and go on with [...]

Sights and Sounds in Israel

March 23rd, 2019|

Israel is so different from other countries.  History and politics and religion are woven into a tight knot here, not necessarily in a good way.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

March 22nd, 2019|

Yad Vashem means "a monument and a name" in Hebrew.  No cemeteries, no headstones, no traces were left to mark the loss of the six million Holocaust victims.  This is Israel's remembrance. The most graphic [...]

Herod’s Masada and Herodia

March 21st, 2019|

Herod was called “the Great” because he was a great builder.  His two masterpieces were Masada and the Herodium.  Masada is a natural mountain stronghold on the southwestern shores of the Dead Sea, rising 1,300 [...]

Bethlehem, Israel

March 19th, 2019|

Oh, little town of Bethlehem, a city in the West Bank under Palestinian Authority control.  Israelis are not allowed in the boundaries of its West Bank Area A designation.   In the midst of this turmoil [...]

Palestine and the Occupied West Bank

March 18th, 2019|

Palestine isn't officially a country, although many people think it should be.  There are over 5 million Palestinians.  The Oslo Accords, signed in the mid-90's divided the Israeli occupied West Bank into Areas A, B [...]

Jerusalem, Israel

March 17th, 2019|

The Temple Mount is beloved in Judaism as the spot where God gathered the dust used to create Adam, beloved in Islam as the spot where Mohammed ascended into heaven, and in Christianity as the [...]

Guam

February 28th, 2019|

Guam - where America's day begins, is in Micronesia right next to the international date line.  The US military controls about a third of the island.  During WWII, the Japanese occupied Guam for over 2 [...]

Peleliu in Palau

February 27th, 2019|

Gaining a new respect for family history. My grandfather, Burton Gilbert, served during WWII as a civil engineer and Major in Peleliu (an island in Palau, in the South Pacific, where we are now). Only [...]

Jellyfish Lake in Palau

February 25th, 2019|

Located on an uninhabited rock island off the coast of Koror in Palau, Jellyfish Lake is a saltwater lake that was once connected to the ocean, but is now cut off.  The isolated lake became [...]

Diving in Palau

February 24th, 2019|

So I WON THIS TRIP!  Thanks to the Sea of Change Foundation https://seaofchange.com/ my $40 raffle ticket landed us in Palau with a week long liveaboard for two on the Rock Island Aggressor, worth $7,000!  [...]