September 2019 -
I am in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei
Province, in the center of the country on the Yangtse River. Population
over 13 million! I'm here to attend meetings of the World Bridge
The opening ceremony included performances
of Chinese song and dance (and too many speeches!)
This is my third trip to China. The thousands of bicycles and ringing
bells on my first trip have been replaced by non-stop traffic and
incessant hooting of
vehicles and scooters.
Even the progress I saw on my second trip 11 years ago
is dwarfed by what I saw now.
On the way from the airport to the center I saw
hundreds of completed or partially completed high rise residential
buildings, grouped in neighbourhoods. .
By high rise I mean high
buildings were 30 storeys or more high.
China now is a mix of traditional Chinese and Western
civilization. Walking from my modern hotel along a main street there
were rows of small specialist shops each selling a particular product
usually of Chinese foods, but also some shops that are symbols
of Western culture.
I took a short cut from my hotel to the Championship venue by
walking through a large shopping mall
containing all the well-known Western brands in large attractive shops.
The car dealer dealt and displayed Toyota as well as the luxury cars
Bentley, McClaren, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Ferrari. On the -1
level there is a super super market - the largest supermarket I have
ever seen anywhere in the world and
I've seen a lot of them.
2019 - A weekend at Sde Boqer with the family
While I was in Wuhan China attending bridge meetings, Doreen went down
to Midreshet Ben Gurion (Sde Boqer) to the Segolis. The Eilati Levys
also came and there was a "mini family reunion". Meeting for the first
time were our dog Joanie and grandaughter Amit's dog Oreo. Fortunately
they got on very well together. The family prepared sushi under the
guidance of grandson Maayan who we have seen (and tasted) is an expert
When we were in Oslofjord
year Doreen was most impressed
with the skipping
she saw at the World Rope Skipping Championships. She
bought a competiton grade
skipping rope and showed (or I presume,
attempted to show) what it was like.
Moran had hired a jeep and they drove to Ein Akev, a natural pool in
the desert, where they swam and later ate the sushi they had prepared.
The Eilat Levys seem to agree with the English proverb, "More
Hands Less Work" as they all
pitch in helping in the kitchen - all except for Aviv of course,
someone has to take pictures.
- The Rons visit New York
The Rons, Vered, Aviv, Danielle and Lior spent an enjoyable week in New
York. They especially enjoyed the view from the top of the the
wedge-shaped Flatiron Building - a National Historic Landmark - and a
walk along the High Line, the old railway line turned park and walking
2019 - Lotem paints her room
Granddaughter Lotem Segoli was not too happy with the colour of
her room so she decided to repaint it, with the help of younger sister
Zoe. It looks like they did a good
Levys and Segolis go on a coastal hike
Doreen with the Eilatis
and Segolis and some friends from Australia went on a hike from Hof
Dor to Habonim. Unlike the straight sandy coastline where we live, the
beaches were covered with countless shells and were full of attractive
and bays. It was extremely hot and
they entered the water at every opportunity.
See another picture in the Archives of This Week's Picture.
2019 - The Levys and Segolis come for dinner
The Eilat Levys, son Aviv, wife Limor and Itamar, Amit and
came for dinner on Thursday evening and slept over. On Friday the
Segolis, son Moran wife Mikhal and Maayan, Lotem and Zoe joined us for
a specially festive Friday night dinner deliciously prepared by Doreen
with help from the grandchildren. Somehow we found room for 12 persons
The Segolis in Moscow
On the way back from their Mongolia trip the Segolis spent a few days
in Moscow. Of course they sent me a picture of KFC in Moscow.
Lotem made sure to have a meal at the Bar BQ restaurant that donates a
of the cost of the meal to a fund for saving the tiger. (see also from our
trip to Moscow
Gabi Nathan (see
Nochimovitz/Nickel family tree
) has received many awards for
scouting (Arrow of Light, Camper of the Week.....). She is one of the
girls in what what was traditionally "Boy Scouts". We can all be
- Segoli family trip to Mongolia and Moscow
Some pictures from the Segoli trip to Mongolia. More pictures in
, and on the
pagers on the pages of Maayan
2019 - KFC
The family know how much I like Kentucky Fried chicken and Doreen,
and Moran regularly send me pictures of KFC in the various places they
The Segolis in Mongolia, Vered in China, and (last month) Doreen in
July 2019 -
Yaffa Loew (see Schank family tree) is a
docent once a month at the local Museum at Mishar where she lives.
Doreen, and friend Caroline Livneh. went to hear Yaffa's
explanations and talks, and found it very interesting. Yaffa's sister
Rochelle was also there.
Rochelle Kirshner, Doreen, Caroline, Yaffa
See also the Archives of This
July 2019 - A
The pictures originally here have been moved, together with an account
of the trip, to this page.
More pictures in This Week's
, Amit's page
and Ilai's page.
- the Segolis visit Mongolia
The Segolis, Moran, Mikhal, Maayan, Lotem and Zoe continue their visits
to far-off places. During the next few weeks they will be visiting
Mongolia. So far we have heard that it's very interesting and they have
sent a few pictures.
July 2019 -
During the summer holidays the Segoli
grandchildren visited each in Eilat and in Sde Boqer.
While in Eilat they visited Coral World. (See
another picture of Ilay
Maayan and Lotem dived with dad Moran. (see
more pictures on the pages of Lotem
And, as Aviv posted
"I saw an amazing phenomenon while diving.
Maayan and Itamar together without
And, not to be outdone, Zoe went
visits the "scorpion site"
Joanie doesn't seem very intertested. Probably looking for
someone to tickle her tummy,
Vigeland Park in Oslo
The famous Vigeland Park, with over 200 statues, an obelisk with
carvings and a fountain, all the work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland, is a
must for all visitors to Oslo. About 50 years ago we visited the
park with daughter Vered. We remember how taken she was with a statue
of a young child and how she wanted to hug the statue. So of course we
had to visit the Park on our short trip to Oslo and take a picture of
the statue. The statues represent people in everyday situations, and
include subjects not usually depicted such as the old couple in the
2019 - Doreen
helping at the Bridge Championships in Oslofjord
At the prize giving ceremony Doreen helped sort and distribute the
July 2019 -
Two more join the clan's divers
Grandchildren Itamar Levy and Lotem Segoli did a diving course in
Eilat. (See also Itamar's pag
and Lotem's page
July 2019 - The
Klotnicks visit Moran's R&D
Moran took Beryl and Joel to see the R&D ("MOP") where
European Junior Bridge Championships
The Israel participants at the Championships
Some of the tables at play during the
European Junior Bridge
Championships held in the Oslofjord Centre Norway, the largest
convention centre in Europe.
July 2019 -
time at the spa
The Segolis set up a "spa" in their lounge at their home in Midreshet
Sde Boqer. Zoe, Lotem amd Mikhal try their cucumber treatment.
Evidently Dad Moran was not too impressed, but he did try a potato
July 2019 -
The Segolis and Itamar at the pool
Zoe, Maayan, Itamar, 2 friends from Australia and Lotem pose for a
group picture in the pool. (see another picture
group looking at a scorpion)
June 2019 - A visit to Caesarea
As part of the June birthday celebrations (see
Doreen took the family to the new exhibit at Caesarea which
of interest to all. However, the highlight of the visit undoubtedly was
trying to stop the waves.
- Vered jumping
We were pleased to see that daughter Vered Ron, on a recent
business trip to South America, had time for some fun.
June 2019 -
Celebrating daughter Vered's
Kisses from mother and daughters Lior
Although living so far away, the Eilatis arrive first at the
and wait for the others.
for another picture of Danielle and Lior.
June 2019 -
Mikhal Segoli works and relaxes
Mikhal is attending a conference in
France north of Nice and had the opportunity to relax a little.
We are in Istanbul for the European Open Bridge Championships. Apart
from the Championships which last just over two weeks, and at which I
am an official, there were also meetings of the EBL Executive Committee
over three days. (see picture
in the Archives)
Doreen spent most of the days touring
the city, and visited the Blue Mosque with two "EBL wives", Nancy from
the Netherlands and Maureen from Ireland; and enjoyed one of the many
But the evenings were mainly spent enjoying the delicious cuisine
Enjoying fish baked in salt and a fish
restaurant right on the sea
Rack of lamb - delicious and succulent at a restaurant with the
friendliest and most helpful staff
we have ever envountered anywhere.
We went there a second time not only for the food,
but to say hello to
We were royally and deliciously
entertained by Sevinc Atay, a member of the Executive Committee from
Turkey, at her home in Istabul,
2019 - Aviv Levy's birthday
Son Aviv Levy celebrated his birthday this week and his family
took him to an escape room with the theme King Arthur and the Knights
of the Round Table
Itamar, Aviv, Amit, Limor, Ilai
June 21 - Doreen's 75th birthday
To celebrate Doreen's 75th birthday we went to an "Only Meat'
restaurant in Jaffa to enjoy a steak and steak tartar.
Abu Ghosh Music Festival
Shavuot is also the time of the Abu Ghosh Music Festival. We went
to two performances and enjoyed them very much. Noam Heiman (see
Goldberg Family Tree
) is a singer in one of the performing choirs
we met him before the start of one of the performances.
jelly fish in Eilat
There was an "invasion" of jelly fish in the Eilat bay this
week,and son Aviv Levy was quoted on a television article, assuring
people that these jelly fish don't sting.. They
also showed a short filming of the phenomenon that Aviv had
photographed. Here is a still shot.
2019 - Shavuot
The Jewish holiday Shavuot
celebrated by many by folk dances to Israel songs. Here are
grandchildren Zoe and Lotem Segoli celebrating at their school in
Midreshet Sde Boqer
Doreen and I took part - unsuccessfully - in the Tel Aiv Bridge
Festival held this week.
Son Aviv Levy went on a week's sailing trip in the Greek Isles with
some friends. He had an excellent trip and also enjoyed the views.
Doreen's cousin Louis Nickel has started a new job working at Bardichev
Humus in Haifa. We visited him there and could see why the restaurant
is so highly
. See Nochomovitz/Nickel
visit to Eilat
Peter Royle's family
I was happy to renew contact with some
of the Royle family, through an email from Peter Royle who lives in
England. His family details have been updated in
the Goldberg Family Tree
is a picture of him with his 2 daughters, wife and mother.
Chiara, Cinzia, Peter, Sarah and
Peter's mother, Sarah nee Levy-Bencheton
is a descendant of a family whose roots go back about 700 years to Saragossa
in Spain. As Peter points out - THAT'S a family tree!
- My 79th
We celebrated my 79th birthday at home and were joined by
Vered, Aviv and Danielle. Doreen went out of her way and prepared a
delicious gourmet 4 course dinner.
I received a delightful birthday card from Doreen - see here.
And birthday wishes all the way from the Caribbean.
April 2019 -
Aviv in the Caymans
Son Aviv is in the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean Islands. There he
will be the diving companion of family friend Morris Kahn. Picured
below are the pool area and a friend - all of which remind Aviv of the
time we spent living in St Thomas in the Caribbean.
2019 - The
Segolis continue their hike in the Italian Apennines.
For more pictures, access the Segoli site in English
We were all most impressed with Rafael's excellent singing of the "4
Questions" and the traditional "Chad
" song (with some
modern touches) .
Segolis go hiking in the Italian Apennines
After the 24th Family Reunion
Segolis remained in Italy and went hiking in the Apennines.
Eilati Levys in Rome
The Eilati Levys spent a few days in Rome after the 24th Family Reunion.
Purim is fancy dress time and the children - and adults - have a great
At Midreshet Ben Gurion at Sde Boqer there is a traditional adloyada -
carnival - celebrated every year. The floats are prepared by the
high school students. Grandson Maayan had a great time
participating in the parade. Click on the picture below to see a few
seconds of the parade.
Purim is made for granddaughter Lotem
who does wonders with make up. Look at what she did to her dad Moran,
mom Mikhal and sister Zoe.
Granddaughters Danielle and Lior also dressed up.
Grandaughter Ilai flew up
from Eilat for a special purim party for Animea fans, and cousin
Danielle took her their. Ilai is wearing a mask of the Tokyo Ghoul.
2019 - A visit to Lausanne
Enjoying the traditional Fillet de
Perche with Francoise and Pierre Collaros
We re-visited some of our favourite places including: Vevey with the
giant fork statue, looking like a picture on a Swiss box of choclates.
At Gruyere where we were were fascinated by the robot in the centre of
the aisle that looks after the cheese (turning it over etc), while at
the Fornerod Patisserie in Morges we enjoyed coffee and looked at the
chocolates made from donkey milk.
Granddaughters Lotem and Zoe Segoli perform the dance scene by Ross and
Monica from the sitcom Friends
Click on the picture below
still in Lisbon
Doreen writes about her touring first with grandchildren Maayan and
Lotem, then by herself:
On the way to visit Evora we drove over the Vasco da Gama Bridge - 12
km over the
Tagus River. We were a little disappointed to learn that it was not the
longest bridge in
Europe, but it was still a great experience.
In Evora we visited the Bone Chapel inside the Sao Francisco Church.
Decorated entirely with bones of skeletons, above the entrance is
carved: "We bones that are here await yours." We left them
We also visited the Cromlech of Alamendres, 95 huge stones marking the
equinoxes.. A few years ago we visited Stonehenge with Itamar and
Maayan, but these are even older,.
we took a tuktuk
up the steep
mountain and then explored the
colorful Palacio da Pena, the
disney-like castle from every angle. See
another picture on Maayan's page.
Afterwards we went to the
Initiation Well at Qunita de Regaleira, which involved a lot of walking
After the grandchildren returned to Israel I took a ride
on tram 28 through the city, amazed how the trams climb the torturous
hills on narrow,
narrow streets. In the middle of the city there is the Justa Elevator,
considered public transport. The metro ticket is valid for the elevator
but one has to pay to climb the narrow steps for a great view of the
For more pictures of the Lisbon visit see below
the pages of Maayan
, and the Archive pictures here
2019 - A
visit to Lisbon with Maayan and Lotem
Doreen and the two
grandchildren accompanied me to Lisbon here where I am officiating at
European Mixed Teams Bridge Championships. While I was busy with the
bridge Doreen took the children to see a little of Lisbon and Portugal.
On the first day they went into Lisbon centre. Lisbon is very hilly and
they walked their feet off as they
climbed monuments and walked up and down the hills.On the way they
stopped, not only at the oldest bookshop in the world, but also
refreshed themselves many times (for energy?!) - ice roll specially
made for Lotem - at the first coffee
shop in Lisbon -at Alcoa for their famous pastries - lunch at Timeout -
Doreen hired a car and off they went
to see some of the area's beautiful nature, such a Boca da Inferno,
with its waves smashing over the rocks. Boca do Roca, the westernmost
point of Europe was just as impressive with its dramatic coastline and
thinking there was nothing between them and the Americas except the
See more pictures on the
and on the pages of Maayan
February 2019 - A
We were delighted to hear some months ago from Devra Hock, a relative
on the Nochomovitz side
would be in Israel to attend a meeting in Israel of a Museum
Research Group as part of her studies for a Ph.D in paleontology.
never met her or her parents but have met quite a few other Hock
relatives (for example, see
. Over the weekend we got to know her as friendly and
visit culminated in a Friday night family dinner, before her flight
back home to the States.
- In Antalya for the Bridge TD
Grading test papers
During the bridge course in Antalya (see here
) I was busy and
only managed to see a little of the city during the last afternoon,
but Doreen had time to get around and see some more of the area.
She rented a bicycle and went on a long ride,even uphill!. She also
visisted Perge, an ancient Roman city
mentioned in the New Testament, and the Kursunlu Falls.
Some of the big advantages of these bridge events are meeting people
from other countries, and meeting up with old friends and acquaintances.
Doreen went on a short tour with Mandie from England and Trish fom
Australia and enjoyed the Duden Falls; and on the last afternoon we had
the opportunity of seeing the port with Ton Kooijman (Netherlands) and
Laurie Kelso (Australia) - both of the World Bridge Laws Committee, -
and Catherine Vitry, secretary of the European Bridge Leahgue.
Celebrating the birthdays of Ilai and Moran
Two days and a few decades separate the birthdays of granddaughter
Ilai (28 Jan)
Moran (30 Jan) and Doreen decided to invite the whole clan for Friday
night dinner. 14 of the 16 (both AvivR and Dani are
overseas) came from Herzliya, Sde Boqer and Eilat. It's a real pleasure
to see how everyone enjoys being together and that the children get on
January 21 -
Dinner with some Reijzer grandchildren
We had dinner at daughter Vered's home and were happy to again meet
newly married Jonathan and Alexandra Keyson , and Nadav Keyson
January 2019 - A quick visit to
Doreen and I spent a week in London and were happy to see some old
friends and relatives again.
We enjoyed meerting and having lunch at TPT our
favourite Chinese Restaurant with long-time friend Shirley Poluck
We visited Bletchley Park where, during the
war, Alan Turing and others developed the codebreaking machine, the
Bombe, to break the German codes generated by their Enigma machine. The
move The Imitation Game
based on this.
It was a fascinating and worthwhile visit.
In front of a full-size model of the Bombe
We had dinner with Marianna and Bill Pencharz in
a Polish Restaurant
they used to frequent many years ago, and we all enjoyed the
Bill was President of the European Bridge Leauge when Eitan restarted
his bridge career some 20 years ago. Doreen and Marianna became
very friendly and traveled to Timbuktu together
We have remained good
friends for a long time.
Frankie was one of Doreen's best friends before
any of us were married,
and when Frankie married Eitan's cousin, Vivian Klaff, that only
cemented the friendship. (see Vivian's
.). We were also
friendly with Dave Rothschild before any of us were married , and when
Dave and Frankie married a few years ago the close friendship between
the four of us just came naturally.
December 2018 - January 2019: Moran's trek in
Son Maayan Segoli returned this morning from a six day trek with 2
friends, Eran and Kagan, in the Simian Mountains of Ethiopia. He
reports a wonderful
experience, including seeing the unique Gelada monkey ("bleeding heart
monkey") found only in Ethiopia.