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Children’s Folk Dance Group, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2016

This was a more traditional folk dance performance. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this group but they danced beautifully. The girls are so light on their feet that they move like gazelles. Very few boys seem to participate in the younger groups (I have a son–folk dance doesn’t have quite the same cachet for young boys as soccer and karate….). This group had two male dancers.


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St. George’s Monastery, Wadi Kelt

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 6, 2015


St. George’s Monastery, or the Monastery of St. George of Koziba, was founded in the 5th century and largely abandoned after the Persian invasion in the 7th century. The present complex was built in the 19th century. When we arrived, a small group was saying mass at the foot of an outdoor cross on the left side of the photo above (it’s hard to tell that they were Catholics in this photo, but with my 135mm lens I could see two priests and a deacon.


Steep staircase winds down to the bottom of the wadi.



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Desert Sunrise near Mitzpeh Yericho

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 6, 2015


These photos are from a photography workshop that I attended near Mitzpeh Yericho. If you look carefully at the horizon of the first photo, to the right of the sun, you can see the Amman Gate Towers.


Spider just hanging around. We all took turns trying to photograph it. The web was between a rock and a bush, with no place to set up a tripod. This shot was hand-held with a 90mm Tamron macro lens. I don’t use it much and I didn’t think I could manage without a tripod, so this shot surprised me. The spider’s legs are translucent!


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Food in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 22, 2015


Close-up of sweets piled in a cylinder shape.


Jaffar’s Sweets shop again:



Hand-painted sign at a butcher’s shop. I should have asked the price of pigeons per kilo.


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Clothing in the Muslim Quarter

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 22, 2015


These dresses for little girls aren’t costumes. They’re for celebrations.


Colourful padded bras are very popular.





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Video: Fire Dance in Tzahal Square, Jerusalem

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 1, 2013


I was in the middle of posting the Jerusalem Light Festival photos when I got side-tracked by a weekend trip to Manchester and Dublin. This woman dancing with a burning hoop was not part of the Light Festival but she was performing in Tsahal Square at the same time. I thought she was quite good and was glad I could get a video of the whole routine.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

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Last of the Dublin Photos

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 18, 2013


By now you’re probably glad I was only in Dublin for seven hours. Imagine if I’d been there for seven weeks! (You don’t have to imagine it. I went berserk in Italy….) Here are a few photos that didn’t fit into the rest of the “theme” postings. A guy tuning his dulcimer on Grafton Street. I’m so sorry there wasn’t time to go back to hear him play! I love the dulcimer when it’s played well.

This bleak, classical structure was the Irish Houses of Parliament, built by the English in 1729. The Irish Parliament was dissolved in 1801 and the building is now owned by the Bank of Ireland.


Side street off the Grafton Street pedestrian mall.


Sign outside a shop in Temple Bar.



It really is a curved street! A very short curved street.


Not sure what this building is but it made a cool reflection.


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Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 17, 2013


O’Connell Street is Dublin’s main thoroughfare. Although it’s only half a kilometer long, it is an impressive boulevard with monuments and shops. It’s been through some ups and downs, especially during the 1970s and 80s, but the Dublin City Council began to implement a concerted plan to redevelop the area in 2002, restoring a lot of its fine old architecture. I didn’t have very long to explore O’Connell Street–just a quick run up and down its length–but I managed to get a few shots. The square above was taken at the end of O’Connell Street, where O’Connell Bridge begins.


Jim Larkin, an early 20th century labour leader, with a pair of shoes over one arm.


I had to follow this girl for quite a distance in order to get a shot of her matching green flower decorations.


The Spire of Dublin, aka the Knitting Needle, is the world’s highest sculpture (121.2 m or 397.6 ft). Its official name is the Monument of Light. At night it is illuminated at the top and at its base.



What great sweaters! They’re perfect–Aran on the left and Shetland lace on the right. These women were resting on a bench on the central median of O’Connell and I happened to see them on my way back to the center of town.


O’Connell monument with the Spire of Dublin in the background.


Angel at the base of the O’Connell monument. No special reason for photographing her. I just liked the angle of the light.


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Videos: Dublin Street Performers

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 10, 2013


These break-dancers on Grafton Street were really good! A video captures a lot more than a still photograph can, but I was glad to get the shot of the guy balancing on his head.


Penny-whistle player, also on Grafton Sreet.


OK, the first band in the video clip is on a stage, so they aren’t exactly street performers, but the performance was in a public square.

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Trinity College, Dublin

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 9, 2013

Trinity College, Dublin

If you only have seven hours to spend in Dublin, Trinity College is likely to be on the to-do list. The weather in Dublin changes very quickly. The photo above was taken during a rare moment of sunshine. This is the main entrance of the college, facing College Green.

Trinity College was founded in 1592, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. It was originally a Protestant enclave, and as late as 1970, Roman Catholics were forbidden (by the church, not the university) to attend without a letter of permission from their bishop. Catholics started attending the university quite early, although rules barring them from professorships and scholarships were not lifted until 1873.

Trinity College, Dublin

The Old Library houses the Book of Kells. There was quite a long line waiting to get in. (I didn’t get any photos — too dark.)

Trinity College, Dublin

The Campanile (bell tower) stands at one end of Parliament Square. Tradition holds that a student who walks underneath the Campanile while the bell tolls will fail his or her exams.

Trinity College, Dublin

The bronze sculpture below, in front of the Berkeley Library building, is Amaldo Pomodoro’s Sphere within Sphere. Last February it was yarn-bombed.

Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin

Public Theatre building, on the right side of Parliament Square. The Old Library is visible on the left side of the photo below:

Trinity College, Dublin

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