Thursday, August 5, 2010

A better place to visit during the summer

Many of you rightly observed that although Har HaZeitim sounds like a fascinating place to visit, it may not be the ideal destination during hot, er, climatically-challenged weeks like this one.

And so, the Our Shiputzim Tourism Department has taken the liberty of suggesting an indoor summertime activity: a tour of Better Place’s visitors center in Pi Glilot.

Better Place (I know I’m not the only one who wants to say “the Better Place” or “a Better Place”… :-)) is the company founded by Shai Agassi which is working to build an electric vehicle network throughout Israel.

The tour includes a movie (aka a “multimedia presentation” in tourist-site-speak) during which the audience sits on refurbished seats from used cars; demonstrations of the company’s cutting-edge technologies; and the chance to test drive an electric car.

IMG_1691 The visitors center is located in a converted water tank.

IMG_1689 One of the cars

YZG wryly noted that the 1½-hour tour is basically a long infomercial for the company.

And he has a point.

But since the visitor center was air-conditioned, the kids had fun, and, best of all, admission was free, we didn’t mind selling our souls to crass commercialism listening to their sales pitch…


Coming up: A recommendation for another free and climate-controlled vacation activity.


  1. Thanks for the tip, that's good to know!

  2. interesting! and sounds like it meets all of the summertime kid outing requirements-- free, fun and air conditioned! yippee! :)

  3. I'd probably find it interesting too, despite the sales pitch.

  4. MAG - Don't forget that there were witnesses who distinctly recall someone(!!) saying, "It was much better than I thought it would be..." :-)

    Toby - Let me know what you think if you decide to go.

    Minnesota Mamaleh - Exactly! :-)

    Ilana-Davita - I think so too.

  5. "It was much better than I thought it would be..."
    Which means I thought it would be very bad...


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