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I moved from dank, dark North Manchester, U.K. to Karmiel, Western Galilee, Israel in March 2010. It is, believe me, one of the sunniest, loveliest towns on earth. With a background in local Jewish journalism I continue to write freelance. I manage several blogs, have  appeared on Technorati and Blogcritics and now contribute to the online magazine, 'Live Encounters'. My main blog is Alwayswriteagain (http://wwwalwayswriteagain.blogspot.com

Friday, 18 March 2011

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of …

 

Not L.A., USA – but Nahariya, Israel!

All the leaves are green

And the sky is blue

Just strummin’ on the beach

On a late winter's day …’ 

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On Tuesday we moseyed up to Nahariya, about 27 kilometres north-west of our home in Karmiel, Galilee to find a lone guitarist playing his heart out on a poetically deserted beach.

Loath to disturb his reverie, we did not intrude. NAHARIYA.DREAMING.02Who is he?’ we mused. ‘Where’s he from?’ ‘What is he playing so intensely?’

If anyone can name him  and celebrate the musical mystery I’d love to hear from you.

Meanwhile we saw relatively few people at thisNAHARIYA 008 popular, 30s-built resort as March is the end of the closed season with many shore-front attractions still shuttered  and few hardy tourists bothering to brave the brisk winds.

Although aware of Nahariya’s more serious industries, the town reminded us  of British resorts like Southport and Brighton where many locals have little to do aside from shopping and sitting sipping coffee while life passes them by …

But NAHARIYA 001Spring is about to burst in the Northern Galilee, with profusions of wild flowers starting to show their faces to  the sudden warmth of the renewing sun.

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Even as winter ‘s end trails off in fits and starts,  Nahariya’s holiday-air continues year-round with pretty parks, swaying palms and white-clad buildings, even if many now show signs of sad neglect. 

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