Israel 2014 Day 10: Tzfat and the North
This morning started out with a nice breakfast with everyone, followed by a goodbye to Michal's parents who were heading home this morning. Our first stop after breakfast was Ahusa St. in Ra'nannah for some shopping. Today's theme: Judaica!!
|And as always, a photo of a random cat|
|Let the mezuzah shopping begin!|
We wandered more Judaica stores and I found some Shabbos napkins for my Mom, as well as a store that just had trays and trays of different Mezuzahs. I've never seen so many in my life!! It was incredible. I looked for maybe 30 minutes at all the different options, all so different. Some made of Jerusalem stone, metal ones, wooden ones, modern, old-school, glass-blown ones, anything you might imagine. Very fun. I ended up getting a pretty modern-looking silver one, as well as a Pomegranate painted one that looked a little like the eclectic artwork from the lady who made the kitchenware.
From there we went to an even fancier shop that had some great artwork, and even an artist in the basement of the shop selling her handmade candlesticks and other Judaica. It was a great shop. One of my favourite things was a really nice funky blue Menorah, by an artist named Emanuel. It was so nice, both modern but also classic at the same time -- I don't really like super modern-looking menorahs, so this one was a crazy colour scheme and a little wild but still in the very classic, historic fashion. Totally perfect. I loved it, but I've recently bought a new Menorah myself in San Francisco (that is super classic) so this will have to wait for another time. Very awesome though.
|The exact kind of Menorah I would have|
|Crushing a pita with falafel in it|
|And here we are in glorious Tzfat!|
|Cool Tzfat alleyways|
An older woman was sitting there, along with a long-haired weird hippy dude. The first thing he said to us, "Why are you guys so sweaty?" hahaha. It was like walking into someone's kitchen (I think it was someone's kitchen), and, as expected, the older lady said to us, "Sit, sit! Have something to eat!" haha. Loved it. We got some of their homemade dolmas, cheese and olives. We tasted a few different cheeses, including one called Tzfatit which was very salty, and a bit like Parmesan. Super funny situation there yet super welcoming and fun. Totally perfect.
|"Sit, sit! Have something to eat!"|
|Watermelon and Feta|
|Note the right-side opening of the book, since Hebrew is written right-to-left|
|A box of Shofars|
|And now, we shop|
|This was awesome|
|So many Tallit|
|Super amazing "Metal Lace Art" mezuzahs|
|Tallis weaving factory|
|Oh look, a Tallis being made!|
|On the rooftops in Tzfat|
|Our awesome B&B!|
|Our awesome B&B!|
|Outside our room, a nice pool|
|The view of Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) from our backyard!|
|Michal trying to steal my favourite Watermelon popsicle|