Walking through the front door at Akkotel means walking into a history stretching back almost a thousand years. The amenities and comforts are all completely modern but the essence and emotion is from another time entirely.
The Italian couple may have looked like typical tourists, visiting the sites and shooting photos, but it was the objects in their photos that attracted the curious stares. Accompanying the couple during their travels, were Barbie and Ken, the iconic plastic dolls.
After some great domestic parties ringing in the new year and a number of adventurous international countdowns, I'm now in search of new opportunities to raise the bar and feed the continuing addiction to amazing blowout New Year's Eve celebrations.
What lies behind this latest round of attacks and counter-attacks? Hard to say why Hamas decided to take on Israel's leadership on the cusp of a national election when anything short of unremitting Israeli retaliation would undermine Netanyahu's "security first" campaign platform.
Donnelly began to draw cartoons as a child, living in Washington, D.C. "I was shy and didn't like using words growing up. Drawing was a way of expressing myself and making people around me laugh," she said.
Chic and trendy outdoors cafes, boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants, fashionable boutiques, bakeries, bars, dance bars, an exciting night life scene, new museums, parks, beaches and simply lively people.
I'm not sure which is sadder, that Yitzhak Shamir died or that people didn't really know that he was still alive. For Shamir certainly was Israel's least appreciated Prime Minister amid presiding over some of the state's greatest achievements. He kept the people safe.