Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Back from a Brief Break

An early morning departure from Kuwait.
 Turbulence on the way to Amman, Jordan.
A car ride to the Jordanian border with a stop for water on the way.
A bus ride to the Israeli border and by 1:00 p.m. we were in Jerusalem.
The reason for my week long break.
There were no hotel rooms available because May 1st was Orthodox Easter so there were many visitors to the Old City.
We stayed with my husband's 78 year old aunt who is blind and one tough cookie. 
It wound up being the best thing since the purpose for our visit was to spend time with family.
We did a lot of visiting.
And eating.
They always make sure to have vegetarian and vegan options just for me.
We had a wonderful trip. 
We weren't tourists this time so most of my pictures are family related.
 Everyone always goes out of their way for us.  Leaving was just a bit harder than it was last year when we were there with my boss and his wife.
Over the next several days I'll share more pictures of how our time was spent.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Welcome back, Tammy! It sounds like you had a great time. I look forward to seeing more pictures of your trip.

Mary said...

I love seeing where your hubby's family live - those are precious photos to keep. The veggie food looks awesome - I love that they make an effort to spoil you!!!

Glad you got home safely. Tonight we are off across the pond to Ireland - must run and finish up all the stuff needing attention before heading to the airport for what I hope will be a smooth journey.

Happy days dear - hugs, Mary

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Glad you got back safely and that you had a lovely family visit.
Wow, being blind at age 78, can you imagine... But she for sure will have someone staying with her as you cannot exist on your own being blind.
It is very warm to receive such hospitality and you leave with a happy feeling.
Sending you hugs and blessings.

Sam I Am...... said...

How wonderful you were able to visit with family. I think we have lost the "hospitality" gene in some ways. I remember my Italian relatives really laid out the red carpet when you visited and I always felt so special with lots of interest in my life and food galore and you knew that they had worked very hard before you ever showed up. Granted, it was the women that did all the work and as a young child I noticed the men did nothing except get waited on and demand things. That part stuck with me. Even at a young age I felt it was unjust. But, I still think it is a lost art here in the U.S. I can't wait to see more pictures and the food made me hungry! LOL!

Linda said...

Neat photos!
Any turbulence on an airplane would be about enough to do me in. Seriously. I just won't fly which is why we'll probably never go anywhere far. Maybe... someday once again, but we'll see.

Looking forward to more of your interesting updates. Glad you had a wonderful time away.

Kindest regards,

Betsy said...

In these turbulent travel times, especially in your part of the world, but really everywhere these days, I am VERY happy you're home safely. Jerusalem is somewhere on my bucket list to visit. I have always wanted to go there, but traveling usually takes us to one of our children these days. How nice that you are made to feel so welcome. Your pictures re beautiful and I look forward to seeing more. Have a lovely day Tammy.

Teresa Kasner said...

I think it's wonderful you went there and to visit family makes it even more special. His aunt sounds pretty cool. Does she have any help to live in her own home? That's nice that they make sure that you have food special for you. You got to go to a place many would like to visit. So lucky it's also home to family. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gracie Saylor said...

It is a gift to be welcomed as you were, isn't it. I'm glad you have good memories to treasure. I always enjoy your photos and look forward to seeing more. [I am sorry your plants were not happy in your absence, but hope you are able to revive some.] xx

Linda said...

I've never been to Jerusalem and really enjoyed your photos! thanks for sharing.

Mini said...

I love the pictures of the old city. Glad to know that you had good time with family.

Linda P said...

Wonderful photos and looking forward to seeing more. Glad you were able to spend time with your family.

September Violets said...

Your photos are beautiful! Love the ancient stones and tiny alleys. Glad you had a great week with family.

Tanya said...

Can't wait for more - these photos are beautiful...what a trip, Tammy. Also, if you get back to CO this summer, to visit your son, get ahold of me - I will be there most of the summer, with family outings and weddings (including my son's) - June through September!

Patty Antle said...

Your pictures are always very interesting, Tammy. Thank you for sharing.

Melanie said...

Beautiful photos, Tammy. Glad you had a nice getaway and time with family. I would love to see more photos of Jerusalem!

Createology said...

Family time is always precious. How very thoughtful of them to have your foods also...but then that is what family does. Thankful you had safe travels.

Mereknits said...

Your travels sound wonderful Tammy. Glad you could spend time with you family and enjoy time away.

TiffanyJane said...

Fantastic photos of your travels! I esp. love {what I assume} is the entrance way to your
husband's 78 year old aunt's place? The food looks wonderful too, I'm sure it was all lovely!
Tiffany :)

Diane said...

It always amazes me that you can visit so many countries in one trip. Glad you had a great trip. Diane

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

So lovely to see your photos and glad that you had a great family holiday.
Look forward to seeing more of your trip.
Happy weekend

Helen Philipps said...

Amazing photos, Tammy....'real' pictures of real places like this are so evocative of different cultures. I am so glad you had a wonderful trip visiting your husband's family and look forward to seeing more pictures of Jerusalem.
Happy weekend.
Helen xox

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