Whew. It has been a remarkable few weeks as my husband and I just returned from an amazing trip to Israel. We took a tour with 38 other friends for 8 days, then spent some time by ourselves in Tel Aviv. While we had tried to prepare ourselves by studying the politics, history and cultural aspects of the land before we left, we were all amazed to find ourselves in such an exotic, and unusual place. This was an art-journalers paradise! The markets, the food, the clothes and the landscape all presented rich textural layers at every view. I could have filled one entire book with just sketches of the luscious and ancient stone walls, or an entire book with sketches of pomegranates! I loved processing my experience in my journal, some of which I worked on this week after clearing my head from the travel fog. Below are images from some of my pages and the cover which includes a metal piece found in a parking lot (or I could say this metal piece found me!). The beads and the small Hamsa (hand) charm that are attached to the spine were found in the Old City the first day we wandered thru, the larger hand charm came from a shop near the Galilee. This land is truly the epicenter of the human experience regardless of religion.