Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hinei Rakevet…

In between partying at last night’s wonderful Yom HaAtzma’ut celebration, watching the Chidon HaTanach earlier today, and then enjoying a delicious BBQ (i.e. a mangal, for the Hebraically-oriented amongst you), the Shiputzim family managed to find time to revisit Israel's version of the bridge to nowhere.

As you may recall, the bridge was built for the high-speed train which will eventually run from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim.

Since those pictures were taken, considerable progress has been made, and in honor of Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel Railways offered free bus tours of the bridge and the tunnels behind it.

In addition, they had set up a festive fairground of sorts – complete with various attractions for the entire family.

As always, click on the pictures for a better view:

There were entertainers and patriotically-shaped balloons:


Other attractions included model trains, a picnic area, blue and white Lego, a movie, and inflatable rides for the kids:


Rounded concrete slabs which are used to line the tunnels and are installed robotically:


The erstwhile bridge-to-nowhere:


One of the tunnels:


The bridge leading into the tunnels:


Looking down at families on a Yom HaAtzma’ut hike in the valley below the bridge:


And finally, a video from inside the tunnel, which was bedecked with flashing lights in honor of Yom HaAtzma’ut. As you can hear, the bus driver played loud music, and if you watch carefully, you can catch a brief glimpse of the tour guide:

מועדים לשמחה

!לאלתר לגאולה שלמה

Happy Yom HaAtzma’ut to all!


  1. But we missed you!!

  2. Malke - :-(
    I hope you enjoyed the rest of your Yom HaAtzma'ut!


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