An Ancient Toilet (Bathrooms of Israel Part II & other vacation photos) | Do Try This at Home: An Ancient Toilet (Bathrooms of Israel Part II & other vacation photos)

Monday, July 07, 2008

An Ancient Toilet (Bathrooms of Israel Part II & other vacation photos)

Here's an Israeli bathroom, of sorts...at least this is what our tour guide Jeff says was used as a toilet during Roman times in Caesarea:I promised to introduce Jeff last post. Here he is at Gamla telling my dad something fascinating about vultures, I'm not sure exactly what. Dad's in the Boston cap. Jeff's got the talons:I'm pretty sure Jeff thought I never listened to him, but that was really only true in between the hours of my normal lunch time (noonish) and whenever the heck Jeff's normal lunch time is. The man claims lunch time is his biggest meal (See?!? I did listen to something!) but he might be confusing it with afternoon snack. Either that or he just doesn't get hungry.

Anyway, my point is this: I didn't not listen. It's only that ten days is not nearly long enough for me to internalize the amount of information on Israel that man contains in his right pinky fingernail. In fact, ten days probably wouldn't be enough to digest what he could tell me about Fayetteville, Arkansas (whether or not he's ever been there).

I heard some folks at the airport discussing whether or not their tour guide was an adequate driver...or something like that. We obviously had nothing to worry about since Jeff got us out of this situation in Jerusalem on what is, amazingly enough, a two way street:At any rate, I highly recommend Jeff as a tour guide if you happen to need one in Israel (or anywhere else, I imagine). He's great with kids, entertaining, and knows a ton of stuff. Just, y'know, bring snacks.

Here's my gal in a waterfall at Ein Gedi:And my boy skipping stones into the Mediterranean at Caesarea:At least, I think that's what all that stuff is. But, y'know...Jeff would know for certain.

Coming up: More modern Israeli bathrooms AND why my cat hates my boy...I mean aside from the obvious - that cats hate 10 year old human boys on principal...

13 comments:

Krissynae said...

Great photos. Israel is on my to see list. Keep up the story. Have you been to Travbuddy.com. It is a great place to share your travels, read blogs of trips and get travel trips. Can't wait to read more.

Beth said...

wow, that "two way street" seems a bit @#$%@@# up! love hearing your stories though, keep them coming, feeling like I was right there with you!

Roger said...

What a great trip Jill and awesome photos , thank you for taking us with you :D

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Thanks Krissynae!

Beth - yeah that other car had to back down a good ways. See you tonight!

Thanks Roger! Going to have to get that tractor picture up for you here soon!!!

ALF said...

I love that waterfall picture.

Kristine said...

This makes me want to travel...I don't get to travel much anymore. But when I do, I will now be taking pictures of bathrooms.

Carey said...

Great photos! I really love the two-way street, it amazes me how well they drive over there...there is no way I could do that without causing major damage! lol

SJ said...

Israel I would love to visit someday.

And ...
Fayetteville is a city in Washington County, Arkansas, United States, and is home to the University of Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,047. However, a special census completed in June 2006 showed the population to be 67,158.
Well now you know what kept Fayettevillans busy between 2000 and 2006 ;)

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Alf - Thanks! She knows how to pose, that gal o' mine...

Kristine - Glad I could do my little part to promote the proliferation of bathroom pictures on the internet!

Carey - Yeah, we were pretty lucky to get the full effect of another car coming up the other way! Jeff was like "It's not so much a problem at the top as it is if a car come right around HERE..." and of course that's just when the other car showed up!

SJ - Yeah where WERE you anyway?!? People & I were waiting for you to join the party... And thanks for the info on Fayetteville. I visited there as a girl, but lacked a tour guide. :-)

Maureen said...

Awesome! I would LOVE to visit the Mediterranean one day. Great photos Jill! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

We did Maureen - thanks! :-)

Janet said...

Fabulous photos! That was indeed a tight squeeze on that street...yikes!

Ms. Q said...

Your daughter looks beautiful in that one shot! Extra beautiful that is.

I love how you described your visit and Jeff. The "talons" shot was funny and reminds me of how one boyfriend (if you can recall the one who thought my head was hot from too much thinking) called my fingernails "talons" and it wasn't like I had long nails (I have very short nails) but he liked to use animal terms for body parts.

So my ears were "pinnas" which we heard was the term for "cat ears" and my fingernails were talons and my feet were "hindpaws" and my hands were "forepaws" etc etc.

That was the extent of the parts naming, thank goodness.

Ancient streets or even the streets of old towns are very narrow. No cars then and probably no big horse-drawn carriages either! Maybe donkey carts or something.

What a vacation!

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