Tel-Aviv is a beautiful mix of old and new, of high-rise buildings next to old buildings almost falling apart. We visited it in March and it was a very nice spring weather.
What I loved the most is the local food. Falafel, hummus, eggplant, olives, and fresh dates are just an example. And, as a vegetarian, I had a lot of options.
Oh but wait, it’s not the food I liked the most, it’s the cats! There are thousands of stray cats everywhere. Even at the beach, looking over the Mediterranean Sea :).
We visited the Carmel Market and found an abundance of taste and colours, fresh fruit and vegetables, olives and oils. You can also find spices, dried fruits, cheese and fish. Yeah, and be aware, it can be crowded, but still, a must do!
With sandy and wide beaches, Tel-Aviv has a very nice Mediterranean coastline.
There is a beautiful promenade where you can go for a walk or jog, get a freshly squeezed pomegranate or orange juice. Not to mention the stunning views over the sea and the sunsets that are just amazing. Below is Alma Beach.
The old town – Old Jaffa
It is one of the oldest ports in the world. The historical buildings have been restored and are used nowadays as galleries or restaurants.
The spirituality – Jerusalem
While we were in Israel we also took a one day trip to Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world. It is the city of three religions, the Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
Being raised as Christians, we were curious to see the Wailing Wall and the Holy Tomb of Jesus. And we were not surprised to find them fascinating.
The cracks of the wall are full of written prayers. More than a million are placed there each year.
The weekend in Israel is from Thursday night to Saturday night. The Jewish people don’t work on Saturdays, the Sabbath (actually on Saturday from sunrise to sunset).
Don’t worry, you can still find a lot of restaurants and cafes that are open. Also, the buses do not run until the sun sets on Saturdays but you can always find taxis (or walk, like we did :P)