Last Fall I travelled to Israel to spend Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year with my family. It's a great time to visit because families naturally get together at the Holidays - and so I could visit with alot of the people I wanted to see, all at once.
For the Festive Dinner on the eve of the Holiday, we went to the home of one of my sister's sisters-in-law (she has quite a few!) in Haifa. I was admiring some of the beautiful pottery dishes that she had displayed in her Living Room -- I love pottery and dishes, and I had never seen anything like these. Dafna told me about this wonderful place where she had bought her dishes - it was a Monastery, hidden away in the Judean Hills, called "Beit Jamal". And of course, I asked her to tell me exactly how to get there....
That's what I love about places with true culture. Even everyday items have a cultural history and meaning behind them. Great blog and thanks. I like the Green plate (second photo from the top). Very Nice!
OH I just Loved reading this blog, Ayuni, thank you!!! I have only read about the history and secret gems of Israel -my favorite writers are Bodie and Brock Thoene and I just love when you bring their stories to life :)
Lynn (AKA) Linda | September 21st 2011 at 1316670831
Don't you just love that. Love hand painted artwork on dishes, or even on porcelain. I have many I bought over from Turkey, but the most expensive piece and precious one I have is from a Turkish gal, who used to work next to me when I was in a mall. I swear she became my little friend, forever. She has finished school, became an engineer, in Ca. She runs a famous company. But we shared so many moments, its like she came over as much as possible to talk and learn from me. (haha) true. I had went to her graduation, took photos free lance, and since her family could not come from Turkey, I gave her her copies and took her gifts. After she left for Ca, I received this gorgeous plate from her, via mail. Thank God it was all in one piece. Sorry Ayuni, this plate brought memories. So I hope whom ever buys has wonder memories to share one day.