Daily Archives: April 28, 2009

Win a Free Signed Print from Scott Kurtz

Posted by on April 28, 2009

Back in April of 2007 when I was starting my trip, I stopped in Dallas to visit my friend Scott Kurtz, who writes PVPonline.com. I spent a few days in Dallas and he did his April 10, 2007 comic strip about me, which was a real honor.

I’m teaming up with Scott to give away a FREE signed 11×17 print of this cartoon. You should also know that you can get a 11×17 print of each and every PVP comic for only $9.99.

If you are a PVP reader, all you have do to win is leave a comment saying who your favorite character from PVP is, and you are not a PVP reader you really should be. You can atone for yours sins by just naming your favorite cartoon character.

Winner of the Dead Sea mud was entry #23, Jackie.

Video: Moment of Silence on Israel’s Memorial Day

Posted by on April 28, 2009

Israel has a very unique tradition on Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). An air raid siren will go off and everyone will stop what they are doing for 2 minutes. People in their cars will stop wherever they are and get out to stand.

This video was taken at 10:58am today (Yom HaZikaron) just before and during the siren which went off at 11am. At about the 1:25 mark in the video the siren goes off. The sound isn’t very good so beware. The video covers the entire length of the siren. You can see the motorists standing along side their cars, and then getting back in and moving once the siren is over.

The video is also in High Definition. Click on the HD button.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #59: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Posted by on April 28, 2009

World Heritage Site #59: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

World Heritage Site #59: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

From the World Heritage inscription:

Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.

The Temples of Karnak and Luxor, together with the Valley of the kings and Queens are some of the most impressive sights in all of Egypt. You can read more about Karnak in my Seven Wonders of Egypt.

Leaving Tel Aviv

Posted by on April 28, 2009

Don’t get me wrong, Tel Aviv is a nice city, but I didn’t have any plans to stay here for two weeks. My laptop battery finally came in and everything is now fine in computerland. I’ve been here so long I ended being in Tel Aviv during Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s memorial day. Unlike memorial day in the US all the businesses closed down in Tel Aviv all the businesses shut down the evening the day started (in the Jewish calendar days start at sundown). Like they did last week for Holocaust Remberance Day, at 8pm there is a siren that sounds and everything stops for two minutes. Cars in the street stop and people get out and stand during the duration of the siren. There is also another siren which goes off at 11am today.

Memorial Day is the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut, or independence day. Between Passover, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day, I’ve been in Israel during a ton of the major holidays in the country.

Because I’ve been here so long I’m going to skip my trip to Malta. I’m not too worried because I plan on coming back to the Mediterranean in the future. My last things in Israel will be a short trip up to Haifa and Acre where I’ll get to take photos of some crusader ruins and the Baha’i Terraces. (both of which are World Heritage Sites).