Author Archives: Judy Weiss

Gingerbread Real Estate

If you have ever attempted to construct a gingerbread house, you know how daunting it can be.
This is a replica of the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto. It took three weeks to build this gingerbread version.
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Most of us don’t have the ambition, “people” power or materials to construct these masterpieces. I explored other possibilities, history and finally our attempt.

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Store Review: Live O in Tel-Aviv

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I was inspired by this store’s unique display of an ancient product still very much in use today.
Live O is an interesting play on the word olive.  Olive oil has been around since at least the  5th millennium BCE  providing sustenance, beauty and life.

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To Buy or Not To Buy…..

I know it’s fall and the weather is encouraging us to stay indoors with our books and hot drinks. But maybe now is the time to plan our gardens and even playhouses for next spring.
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I saw this elaborate Victorian mansion playhouse at the Children’s garden in Kingsbrae Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. More about this world renown public garden another time. But first the O’Neill Playhouse….

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For the love of roses

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Au nom de la rose in Montmartre. Yes, I was in Paris for the first time and I just could not pass up this gem of a store.

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Store Review: Aron Design in Budapest

I happened to be in the city during Budapest Design Week –  October 2nd -11th which ran for the sixth consecutive year.
It consisted of design fairs, exhibitions, open studios and programs for children. This year’s theme focused on artists’  creativity and innovations. As well as drawing the public closer to the Hungarian and international design world.
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I managed to visit the Aron Design Store which turns into a kind of  ‘ museum’ for the week.

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Home Tour: Zamenhoff House (the Eshet family)

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I toured this house as part of the Houses from Within – Jerusalem weekend in September. Although it’s called the Zamenhoff house actually the Eshet family lives in what was once two homes.

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Dalia and David Zomer’s House

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In continuing with the Houses from Within tours,  I saw this house which is typical of a pioneering Jewish style that was built in the nineteenth century  outside the old city walls of Jerusalem.

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House (of Prayer) Tour: Beit Hakerem

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Last Friday I was at the Houses From Within tours in Jerusalem. Since the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah is this coming weekend I thought I’d start off with this gem of a building.

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In Celebration of Balconies

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I was looking through some photos I took on past European trips when I came across some beautiful examples of balconies. I think that the balcony (or mirpesset as it’s called in Israel) can be such a decorative feature on a building.

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Home Tour: Covenhoven on Minister’s Island

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Who would think of building on an island that can only be reached at low tide?

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