Warning: The following post may exceed the recommended daily allowance for other people’s vacation photos. Proceed at your own risk.
But first, with your indulgence, here’s an idea that has been designated an “Ideal Late Summer Outing.”
As I’m sure you know, in order for a tourist site to be eligible, it has to meet two basic criteria:
If the attraction is interesting to boot, well, that’s just a nice side benefit, but it’s certainly not a deal breaker or anything...
Which brings me to our trip last week to the Nesher Cement Factory in Ramle – aka “City in Growing Process.” (Many years ago, a large sign at the city’s entrance read, “Ramle: City in Growing Process.” Apparently the Heblish-infused title didn’t require a leading article, definite or otherwise…)
Nesher manufactures most of the Portland cement (i.e. melet for the Hebraically-oriented amongst you) used to produce the concrete (i.e. biton) that is the backbone of Israeli construction, and the company offers free tours. [Note: Advance reservations are required.]
The tour includes two movies in the air-conditioned visitor’s center and an air-conditioned bus ride around the plant and adjacent quarry.(Did I mention that the site is air-conditioned? ;-))
And now, without further ado, the
long-awaited threatened pictures: (As always, feel free to click on the pictures for a closer view.)
All in all, we enjoyed the visit.
The price was right; the tour was extremely interesting and informative; each visitor received a free, cold Tropit (a bag of sugary grape drink) on the way out; and even the KQ (=kvetching quotient) was relatively low – in spite of the fact that one or two of the Shiputzim teens had been to the factory as part of a school trip back in elementary school…
Have you ever been to the Nesher factory? What other free, air-conditioned attractions can you recommend?