Goodbye Galilee, Hello Med Coast Posted on June 19, 2022June 25, 2023 by Keryn Ross Sunday was moving day again. We left our beautiful apartments on the Sea of Galilee, and moved to a gorgeous house, big enough for all of us, on the Mediterranean coast in a town called Netanya. Early morning visit before leaving Tiberias: Final resting place of RamBam (Moses ben Maimon, also known as Maimonides, a medieval Sephardic Jewish philospher). He is one of the most influential Torah scholars, born 1138 AD and died in Egypt in 1204. At his request, his body was taken to Tiberias shortly after his death. He has a vast bibliography, and influenced just about every facet of Torah philosophy. My favorite title of his is “The Guide for the Perplexed”, which is a philosophical work but sounds like “Judaism for Dummies”. Cool oil lamps. I have similar glass vases to these at home, but I would be scared to death to actually use them like this. I love arches. The outside of Rambam’s tomb–there are a lot of other famous medieval rabbis buried here as well. I don’t understand the symbolism of the spikes, but I like them. Very distinctive. View from our apartment–Rambam’s grave is just a short walk away. Good-bye to the Galilee. You were so good to us! Hello to the Mediterranean. We are excited to see you! A statue that looks amazingly like my Yummy! At the amphitheater. We were waiting for Bradley to get a chance to go on the stage and orate. However, the other group of tourists there took about 30 minutes to take a bunch of pictures (wouldn’t have been frustrating, except there were five of them), and didn’t notice/care about us waiting. Tempers among our group got a little short, but we recovered. Hebs at the Med! Em on the Med! My Hebs and my Yummy had SO MUCH FUN playing with the waves on this harbor wall. It was like a game of chicken. So adorable. Getting progressively wetter. Crusader watchtower in the distance. Zee on the Med. The Hippodrome, Caesarea Maritima. Zee and the hippodrome, Mediterranean Sea in the background. Gelato. Israel likes their frozen treats. WE like their frozen treats, too. Gee hiding behind their fan. Although the temperatures weren’t high, with the humidity it sure felt warm! Gelato! Relaxing in the shade. At Netanya, waiting for falafel. Our new lodgings are just down the street. Yay, Tsunami Zone! (Wait, what?) We are truly on the ocean, even if the Med is almost completely landlocked. After resting a bit, home church (which was lovely!), Yummy, Hebs, Zee and I walked down to the beach, about a seven minute walk from our house. Bradley joined us about 30 minutes later (he ran to the store to get sliced bread). The sun was just setting, the light was gorgeous, and the waves incredible. We weren’t allowed to swim (the red flag was up), but we splashed and played and explored. Yummy, Zee, Hebs. This kid! I love her poses. My boy! They are good friends. Favorite activity: sitting in the surf zone and daring the waves to knock them over. The sea won, most of the time. What a perfect ending of our day.