Thanks to my gracious hosts I was privelaged to experience most of the country of Israel from the far north, at Rosh Hanikra to the southern most tip at Eliat. One morning we went to visit friends outside the city in a kibbutz and the whole city was laid out in front of the striking contrasting colors of gold and red mountains. The weekend I spent in Eliat was around 90 degrees F where I enjoyed windsurfing, snorkling, shopping and tanning! Back home in the USA my family wrote about the blizzard they were enduring with below zero wind gusts and 14 inches of new snow forcasted. Perfect timing for a vacation!