The Selfie, a decade before the Selfie

The world is obsessed with “The Selfie”. So many people have smartphones, and a desire to share themselves, that wherever you look you see a picture of someone taking their own picture, either alone or with a group. But here at the-vu, this started about ten years ago, thanks to a regular contributor, since deceased,…

Louis the Scooterer’s last ride

By Jeffrey the Barak Louis the Scooterer 1935-2009 Since 2004, Louis the Scooterer, Louis Scop, has contributed to the-vu, and his readers number in the thousands. Sadly, I have just learned from his daughter that Lou passed away on July 26th 2009, and was buried in the Netanya cemetery, Israel, on 31st July. Lou’s last…

You can’t keep me away from MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer You can’t keep me away from MyPoP, coz I wont allow a beautiful place..on the beach, to just go away..even if some smokers spoils it. Only in reality I havent been able to go for a couple of weeks as I had a tiny fall-off from my scooter and have been…

Renaming MyPop to POSSS, and recalling Banias

By Louis the Scooterer Oh well.. I love being a quitter (like when I quit smoking !) but I hate being a “loser” as I am NOW with smokers all around.. and them winning, and by choice I need to leave a place. Today.. this beautiful beginning-of-summer-morning..first cup of coffee at the square where the…

Scooterer Stories, Part Fifteen – Bridges over the Jordan

By Louis the Scooterer Okay early up, sunrise seen, breakfast eaten.. lets go find some bridges that River Jordan flows under…in this area. Remember we stopped at Arik bridge which is on the main road, where the Jordan flows into the north end of Kinerret (Sea of Galilee).. where many people stop and walk across…

Scooterer Stories, Part Fourteen – Furthest point North

By Louis the Scooterer Well we had another good night sleep at Kare Deshe… okay so after watching sunrise and eat breakfast, we make a quick getaway..quick stop to take pics at ruins close by and head directly for the snow Another quick stop at Arik Bridge over the River Jordan (old wooden bridge).. and…

Ranch therapy in paradise

By Louis the Scooterer On my way to the original MyPoP the other morning to drink a coffee, I saw some horses with riders, from the nearby regular horseriding ranch. They were crossing the road, and heading into the bushes, from where they found a track down to the beach to amble back to the…

Scooterer Stories, Part Thirteen – Galilee

By Louis the Scooterer Continue touring in all directions around the Sea of Galilee” At the end of that previous excellent day…we checked in to KareDeshe Youth Hostel.. north of Tiberias..nice and tired and our rooms were great and comfy and a good night sleep zzzzzzz… Up early..lets get to water edge , at end…

Louis gets smoked out. A nation of black lungs.

By Louis the Scooterer I don’t want to..BUT, Maybe move away from MyPoP Well the story about the women walkers is something like this. A large factory from way down south, sends women workers from all departments in a couple of buses to spend a couple of nights and a few days at a beautiful…

SUV invasion at MyPop

By Louis the Scooterer Stinking cigars and running out of fuel = not a good start.. but it gets better…. The other morning…After having an early coffee at the square, and being chased away by the smoke from a guy smoking the stinkiest cigar I’ve ever smelled..pheeew.. he was sitting 2 cafes away ! SO……

To MyPoP but not for a “packet of peanuts”

By Louis the Scooterer MyPoP here I come, and as I leave my driveway I see the giant advertising boards for the new highrise being built next door being offloaded and stacked against the old broken down metal wall Oh dear…then the usual hair-raising couple of kms to MyPoP with never a moment without a…

Scooterer Stories, Part Twelve – In the North

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Twelve – “A little north, a little west, a little east…then a lot north”…then sunset, then night time. After leaving hydro electric plant we are back…

Scootering to MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer Reminder of what MyPoP is, it’s not “my plate of popcorn”, it’s… MY Piece of Paradise. Before I forget, let me show a few pics of my favourite transports from way back.. I show only 6 here coz there are more than 40 favourites already in 6 chapters written elsewhere. Lancia…

The next chapter at MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer Before I get going on my scooter, to MyPoP, let me show you a couple of pics. The sea view I had, where I lived at the previous address..was a small studio with balcony…magnificent views of beach and promenade, and always much to see. My current apartment on the other side…

Visiting, coffeeing, chatting and seeing at MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer As I said in my previous post, I go to MyPoP (almost) every morning and spend a couple of hours, and have found my favourite spot, where I place a chair under a big umbrella together with the bright orange color low settees and a low table…(I prefer a higher chair…

This day at MyPoP (My Piece of Paradise)

By Louis the Scooterer Dear Readers, Maybe you already know that I live in Netanya, Israel, a coastal city on the Mediterranean, and that my transport is a scooter (usually 50cc). Since I arrived on 1 Nov 1999, I have found and visited many coffeeshops at the square and in the city, and coffeeshops in…

Scooterer Stories, Part Eleven, Up the West Bank

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Eleven – Up the West Bank of the River Jordan We have refreshed ourselves at “HaLido” at Kalya Junction..at the north end of the Dead Sea…..

Scooterer Stories, Part Ten – Route 6 to Elvis

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Ten – Not Route 66, just Route 6, but at least there’s an Elvis. Editor’s Note. It seems that this article was originally assembled using external…

Scooterer Stories – Part Nine – North to Ashdod

By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Nine – North to Ashkelon and Ashdod Editor’s Note. It seems that this article was originally assembled using external links to the photos, and these no longer work,…

Scooterer Stories – Part Eight – Be’er Sheva

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Eight – Beer Sheva We leave Arad on 31, and pass Arad Park and Tel Arad, and after travelling past several Bedouin areas and also seeing…

Scooterer Stories – Part Six – Dead Sea and Beyond

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Six – Dead Sea and Beyond. Still aiming North, but with a backtrack Southward. OKAY, we finally have to leave Masada, but lets quickly go to…

Scooterer Stories – Part Five – Ein Gedi

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Five – Ein Gedi Editor’s Note: This article was originally assembled using external links to all photos, which no long work. Apologies for all the missing…

Scooterer Stories – Part Four – North to Masada

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Editor’s Note. Originally this article contained pictures that were external links. Unfortunately these no longer work and the images have been lost. Part Four – North to…

Scooterer Stories – Part Three – The Arava, Timna Park to Ir Ovot

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Three – The Arava, Timna Park to Ir Ovot Editor’s Note. Originally this article contained pictures that were external links. Unfortunately these no longer work and…

Scooterer Stories – Part Two – Eilat

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer Published January 2005 The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Two – Eilat Editor’s Note. Originally this article contained pictures that were external links. Unfortunately these no longer work and the images have…

Scooterer Stories – Part One – Introduction

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer Part One – Introduction The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. This whole “travel idea” began, because of “those people” who told me that I’m crazy to “drive in Israel”! That was when I…