We started our journey in Tel Aviv. We stayed in a hotel close to the Mediterranean Sea, nice beach, quiet, clean water. And just nearby, walking distance along the beach was Jaffa, a tourist attraction as well. Known as an ancient port city in Israel, Jaffa is also famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus.
Next was Eilat, a nice surprise. High class hotels and the receptionist was kind to keep our language for few days when we visited Egypt, and upon our return we were given the same room, with a nice view to the Red Sea.
In Eilat we enjoyed the coral Recife accessible right from the beach. It costed us $20 to enter that area of the beach, but after that, snorkeling was easy to do and stunning. The landscape is like from another planet (at least for us). Jordan is very close, just across the Gulf of Aqaba.
Then it was Jerusalem, but there were so many things happening in Jerusalem that is no room in this blog, our visit to Jerusalem will be a different blog, tomorrow.
After Jerusalem we returned to Tel Aviv and had some sunny days enjoying the beach and the Mediterranean waters. One unpleasant thing that I remember (should I say it?) is that on our way from the beach to the hotel we had to cross a walk-way where many locals were promenading their dogs, and smelled dog urine.
Our last day in Tel Aviv, that was our last in Israel as well, was in a very special Holy Day, Rosh HaShana, when nobody works until evening comes, no flights, no check-ins or check-outs from the hotel. So, we enjoyed that half day for free, and we had free snacks in the hotel’s cafeteria the whole day (dry fruits, biscuits, coffee and tea), they did not bother to collect what was left after the breakfast. I do not know where all other guests disappeared, but that was OK for us…