SNOW in Jerusalem!

Oh, what joy when we woke up to snowflakes swirling in the air this morning! The excitement level was great as we ran from window to window to determine where the snow was sticking best to the ground. After a quick breakfast, we put on the most suitable clothing we could find, and ventured out into this white winter wonderland it was becoming out there!

snow in our Jerusalem gardenWe made our way up the street, making snowballs as we went.

snow in Jerusalem

And we made “angels”…

angels in the snowI always love seeing Palm trees covered with snow, having grown up in Norway with plenty of snow experiences, but no Palm trees.

palm trees with snowThe same goes for the citrus trees.

Citrus tree with snowAnd guess who we met on our way up the street??

snow in JerusalemYes, Savta! (Grandma) She is a tour guide and was waiting for her bus, and so we got a ride, and went for a spontaneous trip to see the Old City covered in snow!

Snow in JerusalemIt turned out a challenging bus ride, as the traffic was completely chaotic with cars getting stuck and sliding around etc. We are so not prepared for driving in the snow in this country! So, the bus and the group decided to leave the city as soon as possible, and we got off to explore the Old City on our own.

Snow in Jerusalem

It was so special to see all these familiar places with the magic cover of snow!

Snow in JerusalemI just love the rare combination of the Jerusalem stone walls and snow!

the Kotel in snowAnd look at this! The Kotel / Western Wall all white with snow!! Such a special sight for the eye!!!

Kotel in the snowYes, it was pretty cold and wet too…

Kotel in the snowBut, oh, so very special! And, this is the first time since 1956 that Jerusalem had snow in December.

Kotel in the snow

On our way out we walked through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

snow in JerusalemAnd we were very happy to find that The Jewish Quarter Cafe was open!

Jewish Quarter CafeSo we enjoyed some warmth and dryness as well as some totally yummy hot chocolates there. I always love the view from this place, – and look at it today!!

throwing snowballs in JerusalemThe kids made snowballs pretty much constantly, wherever we were.

throwing snowballs in JerusalemThey loved dropping them down somewhere, and listen to them land.

throwing snowballs in JerusalemAnd then there was the sliding on the snow…

sliding on the snow in Jerusalem

Who needs a sled…?!?

sliding on the snow in JerusalemWhere there is a will there is a way… Here they are sliding down the hillside of Mt. Zion.

snow in JerusalemI spot a boy in this photo looking for a good place to slide down the hill. Can you see him?

snow in JerusalemAnd how about the girl in this photo, – can you find her??

snow in JerusalemI loved seeing the Israeli flags outside of Mt. Zion hotel on our way home. They looked just perfect there in the midst of the snow!

snow in JerusalemThe temperatures were rising, and the snow was melting, which was kind of alarming because there was so much more that we wanted to do with it!!

a snowball fight in JerusalemBut we are blessed to live in one of the Jerusalem neighborhoods with higher altitude, so as we got closer to home, we found plenty of snow, and had ourselves a really good snowball-fight!

snow in Jerusalem

And the good things is, – they have promised us another snow day tomorrow! Maybe an even better one!!! It sure looks great out there with the snow falling down right now!

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California Coast Road Trip!

In the planning of this trip to California, we have enjoyed studying the maps and guidebooks, because not only were we going to LA, – we were planning a road trip up the coast all the way to San Francisco! This was Saba’s (Grandpa’s) idea, and we are all very thankful to him!

Our car/bus parked outside our house in LA. Notice the impressive Palm Trees!

Our car/bus parked outside our house in LA. Notice the impressive Palm Trees!

The choosing of a car was also part of the planning. Six people, at least six suitcases… it would not fit in any regular size car or van. Savta (Grandma) insisted on us doing the trip in one car, – because we are doing it together, aren’t we?

So… this is what we ended up with:

road trip

Yes, it is a 15 (!) seater bus! We had some good laughs over that one!

Off we went. We chose the coastal road and enjoyed views like these along the way:

California Coast

Isn’t it just BEAUTIFUL? Or how about this, further up the coast?

California Coast

It was interesting to note the changes along the coast. The trees, the cliffs, the temperatures, everything!

California Coast

God’s Creation is just amazing, isn’t it??

California Coast

And it was so much fun to do the trip together as a family.

FamilyThree generations even.

Three generations

We made memories that will last a lifetime!

Becca and Saba

We stopped in Morro Bay and looked at the rock. We enjoyed a nice meal (FRESH fish for those of us who enjoy that!) with this view:

Morro Bay

We stayed overnight in Monterey. And in the morning, my love and I enjoyed a lovely run in the city, on the beach and along the dock. There really is no better way to see a new place!

Monterey Run

After a nice Motel Breakfast, we went to the Monterey Aquarium, which was enjoyed by all.

Aquarium

It always amazes me the combination of fish that they can put in one and the same tank in an aquarium!

aquarium

How fun to do all these things as a three generations family!

Monterey

And look who we stopped to say hello to on the way up the coast:

Sea elephants

They are called Sea Elephants. And there are lots and lots of them!

Sea elephants

We saw Sea Lions when we went kayaking in LA too, and to be honest I think they look pretty much the same. But anyway, they are some sort of seal.

We enjoyed driving through the Big Sur area. Again, – very impressive!

Big Sur

And later we stopped to go for a short hike in the Redwoods.

redwoods

WOW! Those are impressive trees! Some of them are as old as two thousand years old!

redwoods trunk

Quite some trunks!!!

redwood trunk

There was no way we could reach around it, even together!

redwood trunks

We got so many varied experiences. And it all passed by sooo fast… I am glad I have the photos, and am VERY thankful for the wonderful memories!

redwoods family photo

I just LOVE the ocean!

california coast

And I LOVE my family!

children

I am VERY blessed!!