2010 Cruise - Israel, Turkey,
Cyprus, and Greece
|1 - 31 Jan
|We are enjoying our
winter here in Israel. I am attending "Ulpan" to learn Hebrew
and Tsipy is enjoying visiting all of her family and friends. Yehuda and
Rachel invited us to wonderful sushi party on board Mevoot Yam. We
all had fun learning how to create our own sushi maki. Here are some
photos of the group.
Tsipy and I invited my Ulpan class over to the
boat for Jochnun. My teacher Gili and her husband Gadi and about 10 of
the students with their families or partners came to enjoy a taste of
Yemen and a chance to get to know each other.
|1 - 28 Feb
||I hosted my usual Super
Bowl Part on 8 Feb. AFN showed a tape replay of the game so we could see
it at a reasonable hour. I prepared Cajun food - Creole Turtle Soup and
Cajun Meat Pies and Tsipy made a veggie dish for the faint of heart.
On 11 Feb, Tsipy and I flew to Geneva with
Jackie and Motti for a week long ski trip. We stayed in the apartment of
Jackie's parents. It is in a beautiful valley in France in a village
called La Chapelle de Abondance. There were ski areas all around us. We
rented our ski equipment and skied the first day in Chatel. Tsipy and I
took a break for Shabbat. We walked down into the town and hiked back up
the hill. Quite a hike for me. We took a ski lesson and then skied in
Chapelle on Sunday. On Sunday night we celebrated Motti's birthday at a
wonderful resturaunt in town. On Monday, we started to day on the other
side of Chapelle and skied across to Chatel and returned by bus. On
Tuesday, we went to Le Croset to meet another couple. I took Tuesday off
since my foot was pretty sore but Tsipy skied. Finally, on Wednesday we
returned to Chapelle for our last ski day. We had perfect weather for
all but the last day, clear and cold (-5C or so) but the sun was so
strong and warm that we didn't feel cold. On Wednesday it was a little
cloudy but still warm. We did get freezing rain for our drive back to
Geneva on Thursday morning. All in all, a perfect trip with excellent
companions. Our thanks to Jackie and Motti for inviting us and to Tony
and Brenda for their beautiful apartment.
Tsipy left on the 21st for NYC to be with her
sister Ruti for a couple of weeks. I am remaining here for Ulpan and
boat work (but at least I am warm).
|1 - 31 Mar
||We planned to haul out
the boat in Ashkelon during Passover but were not able to do so due to a
|1 - 30 Apr
||We were able to haul the
boat after Passover for bottom cleaning, sanding, and painting. Tsipy
and I were able clean the metal: shafts, props, struts, and skin
fittings but I needed help with the sanding. It is too hard for me to
sand overhead. My friends Mike and Andrew came to the rescue and sanded
the bottom in one day. The price they paid is shown in the following
|1 - 31 May
||On 1 May, Tsipy prepared
Yemenite soup and invited some of the nephews, nieces, and their
families for lunch. Here are some photos.
On 16 May, Sami and Yardena visited with
friends from England. On 25 May, we hosted our good friends Yosi, Ruti,
Israel, Alina, Yehuda, and Rachel for a steak dinner.
On the way to Ashkelon, I
noticed that the fins had stopped working and when I replaced the fuse,
it blew immediately. After my return I was able to troubleshoot the
problem and isolated it to a bad mother board for the control unit. Our
friend Marc Rothenberg carried a new one back from the US and I was able
to replace it and make the required adjustments. I also replaced two
windows in the salon that had cracks. Mike and I are re-bedding the
galley windows and hope to have them completed by 28 May since we are
still planning to leave here by the end of May.
|1 to 30 Jun
||We left Herzliya on 31
May which was the day that the Turkish flotilla was boarded and stopped
by the Israelis. The Israeli government issued a travel warning for
Turkey and we were about 10 miles offshore when they informed us of the
travel restrictions. We returned to Herzliya and are back in the same
spot in the lagoon. I don't think any improvements in the situation are
on the horizon so we will be spending the summer here. On the weekend on
the 11th, we went up north to visit Motti & Jackie and their family.
We toured up in the Golan and visited a nature pool at Brehat
HaMeshomshim, Sara's Jam House, and helped to celebrate Liat's birthday.
We enjoyed the tour and the visit.
On 21 Jun, Tsipy surprised me with a birthday
party. A number of our friends and family were able to make it. Here are
some photos. I really enjoyed it.
|1 to 31 Jul
||On 9 Jul, Tsipy and I
flew to Lyon, France for a week long vacation cruising in Burgundy. We
took a train to Dijon, then a taxi to Pontailler to pick up our river
boat. Our friends: Rachel and Yehuda and two new friends: Michal and
Ronit arrived the following day. That started an interesting and
beautiful vacation cruising the River Saone and its canals. We rented a
42 foot river boat. It was built with river cruising in mind, a low
profile with three staterooms (each with its own head) and a generous
salon and galley. On top, we had a built-in barbeque near the steering
point. Here are some photos of the charter base and our first day of
cruising and our first lock. The locks are generally on smaller canals
as hown in the third photo. Most of the locks are smaller, automatic
ones such as that shown. They typically raise or lower the boat about 1
to 2 meters. We looped lines around the bollards on the lip to hold the
boat in place while the water rushed in or out.
We spent the first night at a small village of
Mantoch and then travelled on to Grey for the second night. We stopped
along the way to swim and play dominoes. We ate out at a nice restaurant
in Grey and Yehuda was able to watch the finals of the World Cup.
After Grey we cruised back south along the
Saone. We generally ate dinners on board, often using the grill built
into the table. The next two photos show some of the beautiful scenery
along the way. You had to wear life vests when using the big locks. They
were about 200 meters long and wide enough for large grain barges. These
locks were manned and typically dropped or raised the boat more than 4
We traveled south to Verdun and spent two
nights there. We stayed the second night to see fireworks on Bastille
day but they were rained out. We were able to buy most of our food at
open markets such as that shown. By the time we returned north, we were
old hands at the locks and only used a single line to hold the boat.
We stayed our last night on the river in St
Jean des Losne, tieing up near the city docks. We used two lengths of
re-bar hammered into the lawn as tie downs. We took a long walk through
the town. One of the old style river barges is shown, this one converted
into a luxury private river boat. We returned the boat to Pontailler on
Friday night. On Saturday we cleaned and returned the boat. Rachel,
Yehuda, Ronit, and Michal left for their return flight.
Tsipy and I spent Shabbat at a local hotel and
took a long walk through the town. We took the train to Paris for our
return flight to Israel on Sunday.
|1 Aug to Present
||We made two tours to
vineyards, enjoying wine tasting (and buying) in the Judean Hills. I
usually take a sail with my friend Sylvan on his cat. Ruti,
Etty and her kids arrived for the wedding and lots of the family came to
visit us. It was hard to recognize Barak and Yarden, they both had grown
so much since my last visit.
Tsipy meet Suzy, an American lady, at the
local synagogue. She and her kids came for a visit and I took the kids
for a dinghy ride.
||We are plan to stay in Herzliya
for the summer. Since it appears that cruising to Turkey will not be
possible in the future, we are looking into ways to ship the boat back
to the US next year.