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Sky Watch: Modi’in

Modiin Landscape
Nof Ayalon entrance into Modiin: The houses on left are Buchman, homes on right are Buchman Darom

Here is a photo of Modi’in, a new town in Israel, photographed from the distance. You can see that the fields abut tall buildings. The sky in Israel looks like this all summer; we didn’t have to bring raincoats. It doesn’t rain until fall.

Street in Modiin
Here’s how a street looks when we are driving in the town.

Right outside Modi’in will be a new railway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. One will be able to get from Modi’in to Jerusalem in about 17 minutes.

A playground in the center of town
A playground in the center of town

One of the great features of Modi’in is a string of parks that run through the town. We played in this one for over an hour. It was nice to see dads out with their kids in the late afternoon.

If you live in one of these apartments, you are so close to the park. I took this photo from the playground.

A note from Baila, a blogger who lives in Modi’in:

Modiin is a planned city, planned and designed by the famous Israel architect Moshe Safdie. When he flew over the Modiin hills, and saw the valleys, he decided to use the natural contours of the lands. Modiin is a bunch of valleys where the shops, schools, medical centers, shuls, and of course parks etc are placed, and on either side of the valleys are rising apartment building and homes. There are currently about 70,000 residents, with plans for expansion up to 120,000 to 250,000 (depending on who you talk to and read).

Thank you so much, Baila, with all your help with this post. Baila also noted that the Maccabees reportedly lived in this area (2000 years ago).

If you’ve made it this far, and you are wondering about nature in Israel, a great place to visit is the Hula Valley Nature Reserve. I’m adding this here because I had some comments last time asking about nature tours in Israel. I’ve never been to the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, but it’s on my list for next time. We did visit Ein Gedi, where I photographed a hyrax, an ibex and a grackle. And I have a photo of Banias that I am saving for a future Sky Watch.

 See all my posts about our two week trip to Israel.

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Ilana-Davita says

Modiin sounds like a great place to live. Thanks for sharing.

randi says

I love to see pictures and hear about different places in the world. Thank you for sharing those great pics!

Photo Cache says

Thanks for sharing these photos. Glad to see what's on the other side of the world without hopping on a plane.

Baila says

Thank you Leora. It was a pleasure to tell you about what is fast becoming "our beloved city". It's very exciting living in a place that is being built as we speak. And next time you come, I really do want to get together. Hope its soon.

Carletta says

Such an interesting post. The 'houses' certainly are stacked up aren't they. Beautiful scenery. The shot of the railway is terrfic.
I enjoyed this little tour.

Namnet says

Interesting and astonishing photographs. I also thank you for sharing them. The town affect a bit cold to me. But it is still very eye-catching. The photo of the playground looks like from different trip:-)

East Gwillimbury WOW! says

Wonderful post, Leora. Amazing that it'll take only 17 minutes from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem! No rain all summer? Hmmm. Believe it or not, I like rain so I think I'd really miss it. Happy Sky Watch!

Reluctantfarmchik says

Such pretty shots over Israel. Thanks for your share.

Abraham Lincoln says

Hi Leora.

Thanks for visiting the blog called Abe's Town and dead people talking. I appreciate it. I have 9 blogs and each is different and it is way more work than I anticipated. LOL

You asked about my sky watch photo. First let me say that I enjoyed your post for SWF and I hope you will also like mine.

My Sky Watch Friday blog is at my Canon Pixels blog. If you have time I would appreciate your having a look at the sky peeking through the oak tree leaves.

triLcat says

You missed the most important landmark of all... my HOUSE. Not to mention Poofy the wonder dog!

(The playground is about 2 blocks down from my house, but Poofy the wonder dog stays away from playgrounds b/c we prefer our play equipment "unmarked")

Louise says

Very interesting about the planned city. It looks modern. I love your first picture and the bridge one especially.

Leora says

triLcat, well, I had no idea you were a Modi'in resident! I could also do a post on the pizza of giants my kids ate (pizza anakim). You might also recognize this fruit stand.

Mayet says

it's good to know something about Israel's new town,thanks for sharing!

Tommy V says

I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing your story and photos.

Anita says

Wonderful post... and I love the pictures! Israel is a place I've always wanted to visit...

Thanks for stopping by Prairie Visions!

frozen moments says

Beautiful sky over Israel. From your shots, looks like it is a nice place to travel to. May be some day... I will... what is the harm in dreaming, isn't it? These shots does take one to a dreamland!

2sweetnsaxy says

Great post and I really enjoyed the pictures. Maybe some day I'll be able to visit these far away places. In the meantimes it's great to see the pictures. :-)

mary says

Very different skyline. I enjoyed the photos!

Napaboaniya APAD says

The entire place looks very peaceful. The colors of all the houses are in nice pale shades :)

MumbaiiteAnu says

Lovely series of shots. I love the first one the most.

Louis la Vache says

This is a very interesting post, Leora. It reminded "Louis" of other planned cities such as Brasilia and Columbia, Maryland. "Louis" has never been to Brasilia, but he has seen Columbia. It appears that the planned city you show here has turned out well. "Louis" hopes that rockets from (ahem) non-Buddhist sources don't rain down on this city...

baila says

The train from Jerusalem to Modi'in will take 17 minutes. Tack on about another 7 minutes to get to Tel-Aviv. We are right in the middle of these two great cities.

Fish Whisperer says

Wow I definately learnd of a new place today. Thank you for sharing you trip. What an experience. Perfect addition to SWF.

magiceye says

beautiful pictures bring to life the commentary! thank you for such a lively informative post

Yrsa says

I really like that first pic with the billowing landscape!

nonizamboni says

Such an interesting post about Modi’in--and the Macabees too?! I will have to learn more about this innovative and very modern architect too.
Thank you for sharing the beauty of Israel for us who haven't been able to visit, yet.
Happy weekend.

Tom says

Excellent Sky Watch post.... a great set of pictures and great writing... it's a pleasure to view the builds and stuctures and to see the fields and surroundings.

Luiz Santilli Jr. says

Great views!
Beautiful landscapes!


Nova says

hi, those are wide and peaceful with a clear blue sky....

thanks for the visit and comment as well as the warm wishes...

have a blast weekend...

Fishing Guy says

Leora: What beautiful views of the Sky over the Holy Land.

Denise says

Great photos. I enjoy your blog very much as I don't think I will ever get to Israel but I love my visits through your photographs. Have a great weekend.

Yrsa says

What an interesting looking place! I would love to visit this town for some architectural photosnapping :)

Baila says

I don't know why, but I can't find your e-mail in my address book, and I wanted to write to you off-blog. Can you e-mail me?

Weird, but I'll never understand the ways of my computer.

Thanks, and Shavua Tov.


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