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TIG Newsletter, Spring Edition - Read about our new zimmer!
April 26, 2013

Welcome to the Galilee Newsletter - A monthly e-zine about the north of Israel and all that's new at (TIG)

What's New?

  • Where to Stay? Our Zimmer and Other Recommendations
  • Visit to Sefad (Sfat)
  • Building a Home in Israel(2)

Hi, I'm back! Apologies for the break of three months, but we have finally moved into our new house and zimmer - and it's kept me really busy!

To catch up ... Spring has been just beautiful up here in the Galilee - I hate to go on about the weather but February and March was more or less dry, and then we had this horrendous week of rain and storms (even some snowfall on the Hermon mountain!) which has just finished. Anyway, the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) has replenished its waters and the hills are green and lush. And just to prove it, here's a photo of the view from our house ...

Spring is the beginning of the holiday season and now is the time to plan your visit! Check out my recommendations for places to stay in my area - this year with the addition of our own self-contained studio apartment that we built "on our roof". To explain, our house is below street level and there's a totally separate entrance to the apartment from the parking area. I'm really proud of it and now it's getting warm, we love to sit out on the balcony and enjoy the view. Until now, we've just hosted friends and family but we've added some final touches and it's officially ready to rent out to guests ... so what are you waiting for!

Click here for more details and pictures of "Armon and Sara's Place".

Sfat - also spelled Safed (it's pronounced Tsfat) - is a really interesting historic city, and being so high up has great views over the surrounding countryside. It is only a short ride from my new house so we go there from time to time and we like to sit at the Baghdad Cafe in the old city and share one of their delicious cheese platters.

I recently added a detailed, first-hand account of a three-day visit to Safed - part of a tour to the north sponsored by the AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel). This was sent to me by Stephen J. Kramer who has contributed articles to This Is Galilee in the past. Thanks for sharing, Steve! Click here to read about Steve's visit to Safed.

Steve has written no end of travel articles about Israel for the Jewish Times of South Jersey. He is a hiking "junkie" and has travelled the length and breadth of Israel on various hiking and sightseeing trips. You may have already read an excerpt from his book, Encountering Israel which I published last year on my Tel Megiddo page.

As promised in my last newsletter (way back in December!) here is a bit about different building methods...

Before we started building, we looked into alternative building methods - either from wood or "bnia mitkademet" (advanced construction). In the end, well-meaning individuals scared us off the idea of using anything but the conventional blocks used in the majority of homes here. I have since met many home-owners who went with the advanced construction option and they have only good things to say about it.

Builders are notoriously difficult to deal with and I for sure would not recommend the builder we used! If you go for alternative building methods, there are several good options. To keep it short, I will just mention one of them here - a local builder who has recently finished building a show house in nearby Har Halutz.

If you live in the north of Israel and are planning to build a house, a room or an add-on, talk to Dror from Yatziv Advanced Green Building Technologies. He builds with a steel frame skeleton (recommended to withstand earthquakes!) and he uses green, ecological building materials.

Dror is reliable and pleasant to deal with and one of the great advantages is that his team will take care of everything from dealing with the land authorities, securing the best mortgage conditions, and anything else associated with Israeli bureaucracy - if this is your first build, you do not want deal with these things yourself - trust me on this one!

You can contact Dror (or Marilyn) for more information or to make an appointment to see a presentation at: 050-228-4822

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