Happy New Year! When I started writing this blog back in 2008 I initially kept it as a blog purely about my papercut art. However, I soon found out that people were interested in reading a little more about me and my life here in Israel, as well as viewing my latest creations. Whilst I still don't write every single detail about myself here, I have opened up to you about my Jewish faith and many of the holidays we celebrate, and I have written about some of the beautiful places I have been fortunate to visit in Israel.
This month I will be marking 24 years in Israel. That's exactly half my life! Over the years I have enjoyed exploring the country and finding off the beaten track places to visit, particularly when the kids were younger (they are now teens and less interested in coming out with Mum and Dad). We have been north, we have been south, east and west - though that's not so hard really since the country is so small!
This year I travelled abroad twice, to London in March and then Amsterdam and Hull in the summer (lucky me!). We also took a short trip with our boys to the Negev desert - you can see just some of the places we visited here. I have walked over a 70 metre suspension bridge at Nesher and joined a communal singalong at the Tower of David in Jerusalem. We explored Haifa and Acre in the north and hiked Ein Avdat in the south. In addition, I have been to several museums, my favourites by far being the new Yaacov Agam Museum of Art in Rishon LeZion and the incredible exhibition "Rock Paper Scissors" at the Tower of David Museum, below. I would say it was a good year!
I have blogged about all of these places and more, but thought it would be fun to pick my top 10 of 2018. So, in no particular order, please click on the names above and enjoy exploring Israel with me!
... and this is me, 24 years ago, when I first moved to Israel!