20160520 - From the Gulf of Naples, Italy to the hilltop of Mount Barbaro, Sicily

posted 23 May 2016, 05:48 by Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin   [ updated 23 May 2016, 19:06 ]

20160520 - From the Gulf of Naples, Italy to the hilltop of Mount Barbaro, Sicily

A group of travelers from Europe or North America is firstly and primarily focused on the sites of Jewish interest. Treasures of world culture, architecture, art, and natural wonders are usually secondary. With Israelis, it's the other way around; while very interested in the life of the local Jews, they don't need to go abroad in search of Yiddischkeit; fortunately, it surrounds them abundantly right where they live.


This is a winery on the slopes of Vesuvius where we arranged grounds for a beautiful picnic en plein air. (For what is the point of having a state-of-the-art fully stacked kosher mobile kitchen if you can't serve gourmet dishes where you want when you want them?)

We always check our groups before taking them on, but this one is particularly cool; adhesive, friendly, easy going and very positive. Not a particularly large group either; 40 people, almost all couples in early retirement, most from settlements in Shomron (Samaria) region.
After a group of 200 Lubavitch students, this trip is a walk in the park. Literally.

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Amalfi coast. Nice in any season. Gorgeous in the spring.
Wish my girls could join me on this trip.
Wish you guys were here, too. I do miss you. Another week before going home.
Next time, should bring you along.

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This is Segesta, an ancient Greek temple in Western Sicily, older than Parthenon in Acropolis, and amazingly intact. Those Greeks sure knew how to take care of their Schule.

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Can you find me in this photo? (hint: I am the guy with the beard and head cover.)