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Letters from Lightstone: A Second Taste of Israel

Letters from Lightstone 600Although many know her as Muriel Stacey in the Canadian classics Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, those who know Marilyn Lightstone (voice of VisionTV and host of Nocturne on The New Classical96.3fm) personally know she also possesses a taste for both travel and adventure. In a series of dispatches to her friends and loved ones back home, Marilyn is keeping us up to date and offering insight into her daily encounters with the country’s breathtaking scenery and culture.

Last week, our Letters from Lightstone series caught up with her on the eve of her departure to Israel, as she prepared to take in the sights of the Holy Land, and the sounds of the Masada Opera Festival in the Judean Desert.Here, we’ve gathered some highlights from her first few days on the road, and you can read her full letters at EverythingZoomer.com.

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June 18th, to travel writer Evelyn Hannon (known to Zoomer Magazine readers as Journey Woman)

I managed to find enough room to include one of those terrific Fold-Up bags (which you can now find everywhere) to bring home the things I’m hoping to purchase in Israel. Yes, I know that I’ve primarily been asked to visit in order to cover the operas (La Traviata at Masada and Don Giovanni at Accre) being mounted there next week, but anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m a shopper. So, watch out, Israel, here I come!

June 19th, to ZoomerMedia founder, Moses Znaimer

I can’t believe the breakneck pace of this trip, and the fact the travel journalists with whom I’m travelling with are young enough to be my children – and in some cases my grandchildren – increases the challenge. Still, a great trip. Israel, since my last trip here in 1980, has changed unbelievably, and in the best possible way – doing things that would have been impossible then.

Letters from Lightstone - WineJune 20th, to Canadian winemaker Don Ziraldo

I think you would have been charmed by this winery in the Galilee, The Adir Winery. The fact that it’s a family business, as is yours, seems to make such a difference in the welcome you receive, and, no doubt, your little son will do as good a job in making us feel welcome in YOUR winery as this young man did.

At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

I’m told that every branch of Christendom lays claim to this church – the RCs, the Greek and Russian Orthodox, the Copts, and, the Ethiopian Church. It’s a complicated system keeping it running, I’m told. But then, EVERYTHING in Jerusalem is somewhat complicated (understatement).

Be sure to read the rest of Marilyn’s correspondence here as she continues her travels!

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