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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

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Writing From The Heart - Of The Galilee!

'Slicha'! If someone will pass me a paintbrush I'll wash over the few fluffy fingerprints despoiling my otherwise sun-drenched, techelet-blue canvas.

'Slicha'? 'Techelet'? I'll tell you more of these another time. Today I'll try to describe one of the loveliest provincial towns in  Israel - maybe the Middle East.

To use cliched superlatives may insult both you and Karmiel; to refer to the English Lakeland poets - who would surely find the terrain familiar -  must do them a grave injustice.

Instead I'll write plainly: It is less than a half-century old, nestles near famed biblical spots like Haifa and Tiberias but is far more gracious than either. So I'm writing from the heart - and in the heart of The Galilee - which boasts as many harsh promontories, ardent valleys and shades of green as anywhere in Cumbria, England or Perugia,  Northern Italy. And yes, on less friendly days a harsh wind withers the soul of  psalmist and secular poet alike.  

But Karmiel's founding fathers were witty and wise:

They ordered wide pavements abutting relatively narrow boulevards and festooned them with whimsically-ornamented parks and flower-decked roundabouts. They also designed oolite-clad or colour washed buildings to give all a permanent holiday air. Even civic buildings like the town hall and cultural centre have alluring front gardens filled with palms and flowers.

And while the town is undeniably child-centered, there are coffee shops and bars for trendy adults; restful seating areas for the elderly and infirm and an encouraging semi-mix of Arab and Jewish residents.   

But that's all you're getting from me today. I''m going out to enjoy it!


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