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A day in Netanya

Interesting history today, and a pretty walk

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[The photos are now inserted.]

Our tour starts (sort of) in Netanya, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, about 45 minutes north of Tel Aviv. Most everyone else in our tour flew in today, but we did meet a woman with our tour at breakfast this morning who also flew in yesterday evening.

Today was a gorgeous day! On the advice of the lady at the desk, we walked the 2 miles up to the center of town and walked through the shopping district. It was a nice walk, but by the time we got back to our hotel (6 miles later), I was dragging. We looked at several things, but the only thing we bought was a chocolate croissant at a patisserie; we split the croissant. It was very good.

While I recovered from our morning walk at our hotel (reputedly the best new hotel in town, the West Lagoon Resort), Dan went out to a memorial park nearby. It was a memorial to the many Soviet Russian soldiers who gave their lives to beat the Germans and, through this, save the Jews from the death camps. The town of Netanya is heavily populated by former Soviet Union Jews; many of the signs are in Hebrew, and then either English or Russian, or both. Here are some pictures Dan took of the memorial. It starts in a dark maze with the darkness of 1941 and the start of the Holocaust, with bas-relief pictures of mothers and children being rounded up or shot. One disturbing picture was of a German soldier taking a souvenir photo of a Jewish girl who had been hung. As you went through the maze of the memorial, it listed the big battles of the Soviet army,
showed pictures of the concentration camps, and ended with the 1945. Just outside the maze memorial were a pair of huge white carved wings, symbolizing the birth of Israel after the war.
There was a garden surrounding most of the memorial. A flowering succulent plant we saw all along the sidewalk into town and at the memorial was the ice plant. Here’s a picture of one.
It was a very moving memorial, and after seeing the pictures Dan took, I asked if we could go together after supper.

Supper this evening was a meeting of the entire tour group, with directions for tomorrow morning. [We will be packed and out of our rooms at 6:30 am and headed to breakfast in the hotel buffet room. At 7:45 we will board our buses (there are 5 of them) and head up to Caesarea.]

So, after supper we went together to the memorial park, and then crossed the street to put our fingers in the Mediterranean and watch the sunset, of which Dan took some pictures.
We also read up on the history of the town of Netanya. It was the first Jewish city in what is now Israel. It was founded in 1928, 20 years before the start of the state of Israel. if you are interested, read up on it.

We are now back in the room, and are ready for a new day. I doubt this will be posted before tomorrow evening, but I did write it today.

Posted by dasafish 12:36 Archived in Israel

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