Blogging Friend In Israel & Others


 Wow ! A week of my two week holiday in Israel has zipped by ! What fun ! It was time to meet Heila yesterday in Tel Aviv


Because my hotel, 7 Arches on the Mount of Olives,  is in a Palestinian area of Jerusalem it took a lot of planning to arrange the best method of transport for me to meet Heila in Tel Aviv, Israel. Heila ( a multi-linguist) and Elias, the hotel receptionist, timed our meeting in Tel Aviv to perfection.


Yay ! It was fantastic to meet a fellow blogger who has been in touch with me for a very long time. A big hug ! A real one ! We had a lovely day together and got on so well.

On crossing a footbridge to the tour bus we came across padlocks on the fence, hundreds of them with names of couples written on the padlocks. Lovers locked together !

Look at the padlocks on the fence Ralph !!!


Heila and I toured Tel Aviv and Jaffa on a tour bus and I chatted too much during the commentary !!


And we walked and walked and talked and talked.


Eventually arriving at a beautiful restaurant. 2 hours sped by as we had a HUGE Italian lunch together under the trees in Tel Aviv.


Heila had some great news during our meal.


It’s always sad to say goodbye after a day out as friends. BUT we are going to meet again on Friday ! Yay !


Friends from South Africa

Many of you know I have problems with my hands. So feeding myself can be difficult when cutting is involved. Amazingly, this group has taken me under their wing, serving my plate, carrying coffee for me etc. Wonderful people !

Back row: Renier, Marina, Marlize, Ria. Front row: Roelien, Fransie, Ralph, Molly




Molly & Renier


Marlize & Ria


Fransie & Ralph


Roelien & Marina


Then !! Marlize crowned me with a serviette !!


A big thank you to my South African friends. May God bless you for helping me !!


By the way ! If you want to rent a car in Jerusalem….. good luck !!



Have you met fellow bloggers in strange places ?


Ralph xox ❤


58 Comments on “Blogging Friend In Israel & Others

    • Hi Wendy 😀 It is a great experience to meet another blogger and Heila, for me, was worth meeting 😀
      Maybe you will meet David and I one day when we drive to Los Barrios.
      Ralph xox ❤


  1. How fabulous to meet a fellow blogger so far from home. Looks like you are having a fabulous time Ralph. 🙂


    • Hi LuAnn 😀 I am really enjoying it here on the Mount of Olives and all the tours I have been on, but most of all the new friends that I have made here. I hope you are both fine. Sorry I haven’t visited your posts or anyone else’s. With 539 emails to go through since I have been here I may just pick a few then have a mass delete 😀 Ralph xox ❤


      • No worries Ralph. It is much more important to just relax and enjoy yourself. When I have been in a situation where I have hundreds of emails sitting in my in-box, I have had to do the same. This is your time to experience something amazing. 🙂


    • Hi Indah 😀 I think it’s a lovely thing to do to meet a fellow blogger face to face if one gets the chance to do so. It makes blogging more real and a great experience for both. Ralph xox ❤


  2. Looks like it was a great time. I have only met two bloggers, and they weren’t in strange places. I met AnElephant in the town I live in, and I met Ute in London.


    • Hi Al 😀 I recommend a visit to Jerusalem to anyone. It’s quite a lifetime experience. That was great that you met those two. I hope you meet more in the future, maybe even a special one….who knows !! Ralph 😀


  3. Ralph, thank-you for sharing!!!! I heard their were sirens in Tel Aviv yesterday… for long range rockets from Gaza, but the Iron drone intercepted them. Did you hear any? (sorry, had to mention)

    I’m glad your time has been wonderful. No, I have not ‘yet’ met any bloggers. Thank-you for your time… and responses while on vacation!
    Tara ❤


    • Hi Tara 😀 You’re welcome ! There were 3 nights of rioting on the only access road to my hotel, but that has quietened down now. The road is cleared of stones and huge burning garbage skips. The sirens went off all over Israel the other night. I have been on many tour buses all over the north of Israel and everything and everyone seems normal where I went.
      Maybe you will meet a fellow blogger one day……maybe me 😀 Ralph xox ❤


  4. I met a fellow blogger while visiting my mom. I was at the Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA, where my stepdad was chatting up someone as he waited while the rest of us took a little stroll across the bridge. He always chats up someone while we walk across.

    Keep sending the pics. Helps me feel like I was there.


    • Hi Georgia 😀 Wow ! That was a coincidence and a lovely experience for you. I do hope you meet more fellow bloggers.
      I think I have a couple more posts on trips in Israel before I leave for Spain Tuesday morning. So there will be photos. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi Amy 😀 You are very welcome and, yes, it was a fun day. Ralph xox ❤


  5. wonderful, and lovely hat, ralph! i met a blogger here in my own town, who was connected to a mutual friend and i had no idea )


    • Hi Beth 😀 Wow ! That was a really chance encounter ! It makes you wonder how many people we pass by who may be WP bloggers. I hope you meet some more. Ralph xox ❤


  6. How lovely to meet Heila, It is so great to meet bloggers in real life… don’t I know 🙂 Glad you are having a great time… enjoy it all to the full! Please say hello to Heila from me when you see her again… thanks!


    • Hello Ute 😀 It was lovely and we, Heila and I, had a great day out. You two are completely different characters but lovely in your own ways. I still remember your visit last year and what a wonderful time we had. I am meeting Heila again tomorrow for an overnight stay by the Dead Sea. I have passed your greetings on to her by email just now, but I will say it in person tomorrow. Happy Thursday !! Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  7. Of course there will be people to help you anywhere you go.
    You have a magnetic personality.
    And – you’re one cool dude! 😉
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx


    • Hi RoSy 😀 Amazingly when the tour buses stopped for lunches, every time someone helped me with my meal in one way or another.
      Magnetic ? North Pole or South Pole ? 😉
      Cool dude ? Cooked dude ! It’s hot, hot, hot here in Jerusalem !
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  8. How awesome that you got to meet a fellow blogger in real life. Sounds like you hit it off and that you are having a good time. btw- what was her good news? I was so caught up in your story I wanted to know!


    • Hi Diahann 😀 I agree, it was not only awesome but an honour to meet Heila 😀
      Oh, the news ! Heila may have a new client for her business. She was thrilled ! Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  9. I don’t want to interrupt your holiday. I can see you’re having fun…and I’m glad you met Heila and made numerous friend. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and thank you for sharing beautiful photos.


    • Hi Liz 😀 Stop interrupting my holiday ! lol No ! You are very welcome to comment ….. oh. you did !! Thank you my friend. All is good for me here in Jerusalem. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  10. King Ralphie! I bow before you. Oh, darn, now I’ve thrown my back out. Give me a hand, there’s a good fellow. That’s so good that you are meeting wonderful people on your trip, you must be a nice fellow to attract them!

    I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging, but I’m not about to spill the beans about the weird places I’ve been, not even for Royalty.

    Cheers, chappie, keep on enjoying yourself. Baci galore. xxxx ❤


    • Arise Lady Ytaba of Dismal Swamp ! Careful now !!
      Hi Yvonne 😀 Oh go on ! Spill the beans ! It would make a good post ! I am so pleased that you have met many bloggers and I am sure with your personality you will meet many more. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  11. Ralph, I’m so happy that you met up with your blog-mate. It’s such a terrific thing to do and makes blogging so much more than just sending words out in to the ether! Getting to meet other bloggers is the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned!

    So far I’ve met 5 ‘bloggies’ who’ve all connected with me since I started writing my blog – 4 in Indonesia and my ‘Bestie’ in California. We met up in Joshua Tree National Park and spent a wonderful 3 days together. We now skype every two weeks and email each other at least 2/3 times a week.

    Your trip sounds like a huge success in every way – enjoy your second week and looking forward to hearing more about it – XXXXX


    • Hi Lottie my friend 😀 I am with you 100% in what you say about meeting other bloggers. I have met 4 now. Ute, Manny (the teddy bear), David and now Heila. All different and wonderful experiences for me. I will treasure the memories of knowing them. Most of all Ute and Heila. There should be more posts to come. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  12. Hey! Glad you are having such a great time!!!! 8)


    • Hey ! Hi Katie. Thank you ! It would have been more fun if you were here. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi Lumar 😀 Yes it is a great experience for both of us. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi Resa 😀 Heila and I had a great time. I am seeing her again today when we go to the Dead Sea for a night stay over. Ralph xox ❤


  13. I would LOVE to meet her! I am sure she is as beautiful in person than the Helia we chat with over WordPress. I hope my travels will take me there some day as it would be so exciting to meet her.


    • Hi FMIC 😀 I am sure you would both get on so well. She’s a great women with many difficulties but is strong and lives life to the full. Get well and be happy my friend. Ralph xox ❤


      • Ralph, your story of meeting her brought tears to my eyes. It makes me happy to hear that although a woman with many difficulties, she is strong and lives life to the full. Thanks for sharing. Dawn


      • Ohhhh ! I agree with everything you say about Heila. There is a fun post about Heila coming here soon Dawn. Ralph xox ❤


  14. Meeting fellow bloggers and photographers and giving real hugs is great! So happy for you!


    • Hi Rene 😀 WP hugs are great, but to meet a fellow blogger in her own country and to be able to give her a real hug is really special to me and to her 😀 I’d love to give you and all the other friends I have made using WP a real hug. Maybe one day ! Ralph xox ❤


  15. You havemet a lot of friendly people and what nice that everyone was so kind with you but how they couldn’t 🙂 🙂 !


    • Hello Serach 😀 Yes. Everyone was so kind and helpful once they knew about my bad hands. They were magnificent. Ralph xox ❤


    • Yes we did my friend ! Thank you so much LB for your lovely comment. Ralph xox ❤


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