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Israel – TAMAR Tour is over and I’m headed home

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – TAMAR Tour is over and I’m headed home

Israel – TAMAR Tour is over and I’m headed home

Well, the motorcycle tour Israel is over now and I am en route back home to LAX .  By the time you get this, I’ll be flying over some portion of the United States. I’ll keep posting pictures and videos for a while…it was an amazing trip full of wonderful people. The Israelis are so warm and friendly, and so welcoming to their country. Just watch out for the free range camels 🙂     Please follow and like...

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Israel – Riding in Israel – Last Day

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – Riding in Israel – Last Day

Israel – Riding in Israel – Last Day

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Israel – Day 8 – Retrieving the motorbikes from the Car Park

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – Day 8 – Retrieving the motorbikes from the Car Park

Israel – Day 8 – Retrieving the motorbikes from the Car Park

Leaving Jerusalem: I’ve ridden in a lot of crazy places, but an elevator in the car park?!? I’ve never seen anything like this. (The Europeans I was riding with laughed their heads off at me–evidently they’re quite common where space is more limited.) (If the video does not come through the email, here is the link: http://youtu.be/_RvArWaZKro )   Please follow and like...

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Israel – Day Three – Fun with Food Pics

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – Day Three – Fun with Food Pics

Israel – Day Three – Fun with Food Pics

Mom always told us not to play with the food, but yesterday the heat got to me. We had a yummy lunch in Akko and I guess I found the salt shakers highly amusing. Please follow and like...

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Israel – Third Day – Fun at the Border

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Israel | 1 comment

Israel – Third Day – Fun at the Border

Photos to scare my Mother Fun at the Border   [Israel-Lebanon Border] Please follow and like...

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Israel – Second Day – Night at the Kibbutz

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – Second Day – Night at the Kibbutz

Israel – Second Day – Night at the Kibbutz

Second night of the tour we stayed in a Kibbutz-an Israeli community. We got a great tour by co-founder and resident Buffy, with lots of insights into their communal lives, struggles living 2 km (1.2 miles) from a contentious Lebanese border and growing pains as a community and a way of life. Nice room! Please follow and like...

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Israel – Second Day – First Day riding Motorcycles

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – Second Day – First Day riding Motorcycles

Israel – Second Day – First Day riding Motorcycles

Well, I got off to a bit of a rough start this morning–something I’d eaten in transit didn;t agree with me and it finally caught up to me in the wee hours. We had a terrific dinner last night   and I shared my meal with Tamar, Eytan (our Israeli host’s wife) and she was fine, so most likely it was something I ate on the plane. (Would YOU trust salmon served on an airplane? Maybe I should not have…) OK, so I actually went back to bed for a bit and the little snooze and emptying my stomach  several times made me relatively good enough to so, so I marched back downstairs in my gear ready to ride. Food has been an issue today (turns out I barfed up the two most popular dishes in Israel, the ones I shared last night, so there was no eating them in any shape or form. I settled for mint tea for lunch and nibbled at dinner, and I’m sorry to say I was so tired I forgot to take pics. Wait, I did take one:   But you probably want to see some scenery. Here is without a lot of descriptions because I am overtired and have to hit the sack (we’re 10 hours ahead of Pacific time). We had fantastic roads, too much history to comprehend in one day (thanks Avi Ben Yosef for filling my brain with too much history to remember!), and great company. I’m going to bed exhausted and happy.       We are staying the night at a Kibbutz, which is an Israeli collective community. We’re about 2 kms from the Lebanese border. It’s a beautiful yet precarious place to live. More about the Kibbutz tomorrow.   Please follow and like...

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Israel – First Day – Random things found

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Israel – First Day – Random things found

Israel – First Day – Random things found

Arrived in Tel Aviv at 4:00 this morning. I slept for about five hours, then went to breakfast and took advantage of the 15 minutes free massage the hotel offers. Wow! I sure needed it after 16 hours of flying and more than 24 traveling… OK, so I took a walk around the neighborhood and found this nice park   well, dang, there’s something wrong with my Internet connection and I need to get my beauty sleep so I will leave you with two pairs of randomly abandoned shoes I encountered today…     That’s my silly thing for the day. I took food pics and will upload them later.     Please follow and like...

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Fascinating Israel

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Israel | Comments Off on Fascinating Israel

Fascinating Israel

Well, by the time you read this I will probably be in the air headed to Tel Aviv for my first visit to Israel. I am so excited! I’ve been packing all week, ordering some new kit (equipment), and finishing up some projects that need to be completed before I leave. I’ve never been to Israel, and so I feel very fortunate to be able to ride motorcycles there. I’ll be on an Edelweiss Bike Travel scouting tour, and that’s in conjunction with Tamar Mediterranean Bike Tours. This is where we’ll be exploring: The itinerary: 9 DAYS VACATION 6 DAY RIDING ROUTE 1 DAY OF SIGHTSEEING DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN TEL AVIV DAY 2 Tel Aviv – Mt. Hermon DAY 3 Mt. Hermon – Haifa DAY 4 Haifa DAY 5 Haifa – Jerusalem DAY 6 Sightseeing Jerusalem DAY 7 Jerusalem – Desert camp DAY 8 Desert camp – Tel Aviv DAY 9 DEPARTURE FROM TEL AVIV We’ll be riding in mountains, deserts, and seeing some of the oldest places on earth. And Jerusalem? Well, I feel that something big, perhaps some big insight or ‘aha’ awaits me there… For the curious, here’s the link to the tour page: http://www.edelweissbike.com/en/allTours/true/cont/asi/explore-israel.html I’m still on the fence about lugging my computer around, so you may have to wait until I get back for any blog posts about it. Thanks for following me on this incredible journey! ~Alisa Please follow and like...

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Summer Solstice at the Griffith Observatory

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in California, USA | Comments Off on Summer Solstice at the Griffith Observatory

Summer Solstice at the Griffith Observatory

Last Saturday was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Edward and I decided to make a day of it–little did we know that half of Los Angeles had the same idea… So we wandered around a little bit, took a hike up the mountain looking for the best view of the “HOLLYWOOD” sign, and then took in the exhibits. We brought along picnic fixin’s and stopped in a park to dine.   Well, I went back to the truck for something, and when I turned around we had a visitor. Needless to say, I was slightly alarmed… In the end it turned out to be an incredible experience. Since the coyote seemed at ease with humans, I kicked a bone that was on the lawn in his direction and he went over to investigate. I went back to the table, and we watched him play with the bone, then eventually meander off. Both Edward and I felt gratitude for the encounter. Here’s the only picture I got off with my new lens (that did not like the low level of light in the Park.) Please follow and like...

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