On April 3rd, 2017, I published a blog named "The Perfect Cruise for Art Lovers".
It centered on Kosherica’s cruise to the Western Mediterranean countries, with all the focus on these majestic hotbeds for the finest and most famous works of art, the masters who created them and the great museums and architecture the whole world celebrates in awe. Both ancient, timeless treasures, some nearly a thousand years old, like the leaning tower of Pisa, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, others like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo – their paintings, sculpture and miraculous frescos, Botticelli, Rafael, Caravaggio, Hieronymus Bosch and many other greats, whose work from around 1500 AD celebrate the magic of the Renaissance. Other works from the 17th to the 20th century by artists from Italy, Spain, Flemish French and Dutch origins are on display at the Uffizi in Florence. In Rome, masterpieces and many heart stopping sites will greet you and fill the 13 hour shore stop in this exceptional city.
To read more in detail, please HERE to find my April art blog.
But in this blog I wish to focus on the Kosherica cruise to the Western Mediterranean will bring passengers in comfort and luxury, tummies full of the best Glatt kosher food, to some of the greatest and most stunning achievements in human history. It will also give guests a chance to examine Jewish life in Italy and Spain, get an insight into the history of our people by visiting the local shuls and museums.
In Rome’s world-famous Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo was highly reluctant to accept the commission and according to many historians, the 33-year-old genius artist had some profound, secret, social messages. According to the Scientific American, amid the breathtaking painting of the vast ceiling, he clearly suggests that Joshua of Nazareth and his followers communicated with the one true G-d directly, rather than with the Church. The Khan Academy points to multiple smaller frescoes with four scenes which deal with the salvation of the Jews. Despite the obvious stab at the Pope, the artwork was so magnificent, it was left intact.
Rome is a city filled with beauty. Architecture both old and new are stunning, fountains and cobble stoned streets with stairways leading up in this hill bound city. This city has been used as a stunningly romantic background to a vast number of famous films. It’s a far cry from the American Italian community, the elegance and even the mannerisms of most locals, comes as a surprise to the visiting American tourist.
With the gourmet glatt Kosher food offered back on the ship at the end of the day, this could be a day you’ll remember till the rest of your life.