Monday, 7 August 2017

On to Germany

So my plane home from Israel stopped in Frankfurt, so I thought I might as well stop and stay awhile. We said goodbye to Tel Aviv. 

(Spent the night in a cheap hotel near the airport - and it was not exactly the Taj Mahal. The fire alarm went off in the middle of hte night and when I tried to go down the stairs in my sleep-deprived state this is what I saw.)

I ended up having to walk to the other side of hte building to the the other stairs and by then I was told that it was a flase alarm. Lucky there wasn't a real fire.

I took off in the afternoon.

I took a lot of aerial photos. Here is what we saw when we left.

The sea is extremely blue and I am fascinated by the islands.

 Of course I never recognize anything, but I am always looking for older structures, The shot below has some kind of arena, but you can't tell how old it is. (Probably modern.)

Here is a blow up of that structure which comes from the middle of the shot above.

Of course Germany looks a lot different. I arrived in the evening and spent the night in a nearby hotel, the Meininger hotel.

It is a cute little place with hip decor.

I took the train from Frankfurt out towards my old stomping ground of Lichtenfels.

The wildflowers were in full bloom and I got to see many sights that Ihad visited back in the days when I was in graduate school. I'm pretty sure that this is the Staffelberg. It was a bit foggy, so you can't see the stone formations at the top very well, but it looks like the staffelberg to me.

This is SchloƟ Banz from the train.

When I arrived in Lichtenfels my best friend from college was waiting for me at the station! Her husband and I played duelling cameras!

We had a fantastic German lunch cooked specially by Frau Gareis.

You really can't beat Germany for great varieties of cold cuts and suasages and some of the cheeses are to die for!

Here is a part of the garden. (I so wish my climate in MInnesota was warm enough to have a Japanese maple.It really makes the lantern look at home.

We took a walk in the Frankenwald after singing the Frankenlied. (

It was lovely to wander through the wooded area again after so many years! 

We saw a snail and some slugs on the path. 

But what was truly beautiful was the rye in the nearby fields.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Israel Museum

 We loaded into the bus and headed over to the Israel Museum, an eclectic collection of just about everything you could imagine, art, culture, history, you name it!

Of course I always see interesting things on the way  like this crusader type building:

or like this wind mill,

- or like this Giraffe on top of a building.

The Israel Museum was a long flat structure with a glass front.

Once you enter you go down a long hall that includes a wide variety of objects, 

such as this mosaic....

or this sculpture by Rodin. (The lighting is much better for modern sculpture than it is for detailed art.)

 Inside there was a special exhibit on Faces with these strange things in it.

There was so much anthropological stuff that it was overwhelming!

Those of you that visit my blog regularly know that i have a fetish for animal objects and can post endless images from museums, so here goes...

This dog head from Mesopotamia was a bit larger than a hand.

This was the top of a Roman standard.

I am fascinated with Greek pottery and the two colored slips that they use in producing the images on a third color of clay.

There were lots of objects from archaeological sites from amany different cultures and periods.

There was also a special section on Judaica.

I thought this was particularly delicate and lovely.

You know my fascination with mosaics and animals This is a detail from a very long piece that they had mounted onthe wall.

They also had a special exhibit on Cats and Dogs.

They had intersting art and then some stuff that was just weird.

This cat/dog pillow for kids to lean on falls under the weird category.

Here is some of the art.

And maybe this is some of both.

Here was the grave of a woman buried with her pet.

and this is a pretty well known photograph!

These are implements for making one beautiful.

There was a lso a very lovely room with antique glass of all kinds.

And coins were also covered.

A more modern room took the theme of Being at home and worked numerous well known works into the appropriate rooms.

Here's Andy Warhol in the kitchen area.

And Murikami overlooks the children's room.

In the Judaica rooms there were some gorgeous clothing and textiles.

They also had a special exhibit on Wei Wei. They had both his trees and his room full of sun flower seeds.

The walls are covered with the  IOUs Weiwei wrote after Chinese donors raised millions of dollars to help him pay his "taxes" when he was given 15 days to pay. They raised the money in 10 days!

This is a glimpse into the Room that focuses on "Design".

Another special exhibit I found interesting was by Ilit Azoulay, who has used the Storerooms of the Israel Museum to craft collages on the subject of "No Thing Dies".

Here are a few of her pieces.

After a while it got to be too much, so I headed outside to look at the giant model of Jerusalem and also to find the museum for the Dead Sea Scrolls. You can see how immense this model is.

The museum for the Dead Sea Scrolls is under this dome.

You can't take pictures in there but here is an image from that shows the interior. (I don't actually remember it looking like that, but my focus was on the cases of manuscripts (and it was dark.))

There was also a sculpture garden that seemed a bit derelict.

It had the famous OHEVA (Love) statue mounted on the hill overlooking the city. That was pretty cool!

As I was coming back from it an old guy came rushing over to me to tell me I couldn't be there. Evidently the sculpture garden was closed.  So I apologized and headed out.

It was actually time to leave anyway. I bought my earrings at the museum store and then went back to join the group waiting for the bus.