Grannies on Safari roam Israel

October 28, 2012 - 12:57 AM by

The widely watched American PBS series, Grannies on Safari, is doing Israel.

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson, the two African-American grandmothers from Chicago, Illinois, who host the six-year-old travel show that has aired in more than 120 countries, just spent a week here filming two episodes, according to Ha’aretz.

Among the places they visited on the trip hosted by the Tourism Ministry were the Israel Museum, where the 77-year-old Fraser said she “was especially moved by the Hassidic exhibition” featuring photos and artifacts, Masada, Yad Vashem and the Tel Aviv Musem.

The shows are going to be divided into ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ segments and will be broadcast in the spring.

The grannies’ production schedule did not bring them to Israel’s southern region, where missile barrages fell over communities bordering Gaza. “We didn’t omit the southern part of Israel because of security concerns,” explains Fraser. “There just wasn’t enough time to really do the country justice. … Otherwise you’re just doing a ‘drive-by’ and you miss the opportunities to truly focus on little parts that make this region so unique.”

“There’s more to see in Israel than just the Holy Land,” adds Fraser, who rode horseback along the Sea of Galilee, and who noted the country’s reputation for restaurants and fine wine. She said she hoped to convey the sense that “Israel is a very developed country.”

With comments like that, we’ll have Regina and Pat back anytime.

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