We spent an afternoon on Monkey Beach on the Mediterranean. The background ridge in the first pic (with the tower) is the Lebanese border. The dot in the left edge of the second pic's frame is an Israeli patrol boat stationed there 24 hours a day. Sunbathers bathe. Kids build sandcastles. Life continues.
Throughout the region of Galilee, the Jewish and Arab villages essentially butt up next to each other. While sitting outside last night for dinner in the Jewish village of Shorashim, we heard the Muslim call to prayer from the nearby Arab village of Shaab.
I was walking by a woman preparing coffee in the village of Tamra, and I asked if I could take her picture. She asked if I would join her and her family for a cup. I visited with Fatma, her husband Mostafa (that's his leg in the pic), and their four children. The kids spoke pretty good English, so we were all on a similar page.
Because we had 'a few minutes' before dinner in the Arab village of Dier el Assad, our host named Ahmed invited us to visit his apartment. An hour later we had enjoyed water, fruit juice, chocolate candy, fruit (apples, plums, and grapes), nuts (cashews, pistachios, and almonds), bite-size cubes of chocolate covered ice cream, and cake with coffee flavored by cardamom. Then we were off to dinner.
While in the Druze (an offshoot Islamic religious sect) village of Sajur, we were invited to visit with Galeb and his family. He and his wife shared their 'hospitality,' which included tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, pita, labany (a type of cream cheese), and zataar (a herb mix used like a rub). You spread the labany on the pita then sprinkle the zataar on it. I made such a fuss over the zataar, Galeb showed me the herbs used for it in his garden along the wall then gave me a big bag of it to-go.
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