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Easter and Utopia

April 24, 2011

In order to pseudo-celebrate Easter this year, we went to Utopia Park near Kibbutz Bachan (about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv near the border with the West Bank). It seemed like a good way to spend a day that doesn’t have a whole lot of significance in our part of Israel, and is furthermore overshadowed by falling on the last day of Passover this year, which is a national holiday.

We heard about the park from people who had recently visited and it came highly recommended. As advised, we arrived as much before 10 a.m. as possible to get in ahead of the crowd. Here are some of the highlights:

Signs:

Drinking forbiding, swimming forbiding

Not all were misspelled, to be fair, but the ones that were provided more entertainment.

Orchids:

Pink orchid

Spotted orchid

More plants:

Cactus flowers

Carnivorous plant

Goats:

Horizontal pupil goat and shy goat

And one of two elaborate labyrinths with even more elaborate hedges shaped like animals:

Labryrinth with hedge animals

The other labyrinth had two levels and was much too large to photograph well enough to give an accurate impression of its awesomeness.

While not the most traditional way to spend Easter morning, we did conclude the day with too much candy and Easter eggs.

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  1. April 24, 2011 9:34 pm

    Delurking from somewhere in Central Israel 😉 to say that we were at Utopia today too, but a bit later in the day when the hordes were out in full force. The orchids were spectacular, weren’t they?

    Happy Easter, I hope it wasn’t too difficult to be far from the rest of your family and traditions today.

    • April 25, 2011 4:06 pm

      Thanks for commenting, and happy holidays to you as well! The orchids were indeed spectacular, though I imagine it would’ve been a bit harder to appreciate with even more of a crowd. We can’t wait to go back when the butterflies are active.

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