Timing and location are everything.
I was feeling badly for Romanian President Basescu who is here for an official state visit.
Though the Romanian flag was flying over some main Jerusalem, Israel streets,
his visit seemed so overshadowed by
the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen.
PM Harper received a red carpet welcome,
and a full honor guard review.
Israeli political leaders lined up to shake his hand,
along with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and many religious leaders,
and Jewish leaders from Canada.
It was as close to a royal reception as you will find in Israel.
But then I talked with an Israeli receptionist,
she was much more interested in my camera than these photos.
She had no idea who Harper was and seemed to care less.
One of those famous Jerusalem chutzpah cats
came through to check out the flowers and red carpet.
But unless you were stuck in traffic with all the various motorcades,
it seems possible not to have even noticed.
As a new snow storm is hitting North America,
the weather here has been perfect.
The trees damaged in the Jerusalem December snow in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park
look stark against the blue sky,
but the first wild flowers of spring are popping out.
The overseas visitors are heading home,
and the Israeli President and Prime Minister are leaving
for the World Economic Conference in Davos,
so the Jerusalem streets should be a bit quieter for a few days.
Perfect time to head out for lunch in an out-door cafe,
and enjoy the warm sunny weather,
another good reason to be living in Jerusalem, Israel.