Going Home

A few months ago, I did a series of posts about my vacation to London and Israel with my family.  This weekend, I am going back to Israel, and I am so excited!  This will be my first time going there for volunteer work, and I am so lucky to have the chance to give back to my beloved homeland.  I lived in Israel as little girl, during high school, and for a semester abroad in college, right after I started this blog!  I love Boston, but I really consider Israel to be my home; my family and I try to go at least once a year.  So in honor of my upcoming trip, I thought I’d share a few photos from my last trip…

File_000(19)By coincidence, our flight to Israel was delayed, and we landed at the same time as my sister’s flight from Prague.  We found each other at passport control!  File_000(17)Lunch at our favorite spot from when we lived in Jerusalem.  File_000(18)File_000(14)Processed with VSCOcam with c9 presetIsraeli breakfasts are feastsFile_001(4)File_002(3)Processed with VSCOcam with 4 presetFile_002(4)File_001(3)Driving up to Tel Aviv for the day!
File_000(10)Somehow my dad surprised us with a private tour of Maskit‘s showroom and design studio.  The famous fashion house has been around since 1954, six years after Israel became a country!
File_000(9)I loved the designers’ desks, with their real-life Pinterest photo boards.File_000(8)How gorgeous is the Tel Aviv beach?Processed with VSCOcam with e3 presetWe were all the way down the shore, at the port of Old JaffaProcessed with VSCOcam with c6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a9 presetFile_000(13)File_000(6)Tel Aviv is an artist city, with some of the coolest street art in the world.Processed with VSCOcam with c5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with 4 presetBreakfast al fresco on the roof terrace of our friend Amir’s gorgeous house in the Judean Hills (also known as the West Bank.) I lived here for a few weeks at the end of summer in 2013, and it is my heaven.Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetFile_000(7)Amir taught me how to make Shakshukah when I was a little girl, but his is still the best.Processed with VSCOcam with c6 presetDaddy selfies in the backyard.
File_000(11)On our last day, Mommy and I went for a loooong walk through our neighborhood in Jerusalem.File_000(4)File_000(5)Processed with VSCOcam with 4 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAt the Shuk (open-air market), right before I bought three of these, my favorite jelly doughnuts, sufganiyot, a Chanukah specialty.File_000He’s beyond happy whenever we’re in IsraelProcessed with VSCOcam with c2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a9 presetLate afternoon in the Old City.  I always feel so at peace here, no matter what’s going on in the country.Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetPraying for peace and health for my loved ones at the Kotel (Western Wall)

So that was a snippet of my Thanksgiving week in Israel.  I promise not to wait three months to write about next week’s trip!  XX, Gabrielle


* All photos are my personal property

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