March 2019 -
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.