|Our "driver" Haytham and self.|
We walked to the Tower of David at 9:50 a.m. and a few minutes later our driver arrived in his white Mercedes "taxi". Since it is Shabbat today, the roads were virtually empty, so we made the drive to Tel Aviv in about 40 minutes. Haytham, our driver, and I chatted along the way. I discovered he has 3 children -- an 11-year old and 9-year old boys and a 5-year-old girl.
Our lodgings, the Beachfront Hotel, is next to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv it was easy to find (as I understand it, the U.S. Embassy is in Tel Aviv because it would be "political sensitive" for the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city).
|The Beachfront Hotel, Tel Aviv.|
It was 3 hours before we could check in, so the three of us picked up a map and started walking into the city. We found a variety of delightful shops and neighborhoods along the way. Since it is still Shabbat, most of the shops were closed. They'll open at about 8 p.m. -- at sunset for Shabbat ends.
|Tel Aviv Beach in front of our Hotel.|
So, for now, we've settled into our room with the thought of -- maybe -- walking across to the beach and going for a swim.
It's a tough life -- but somebody's got to do it!!
4:30 p.m. -- We donned our bathing suits and walked across the street to the beach. Wow!! First, the sand is so fine it feels like silk. It's an amazing feeling to remove your shoes and walk in this wonderful sand. We found a spot close to the water and spread out towels onto the sand. It's interesting that we saw a sign that said "no swimming" -- yet the water was full of people enjoying the warm and sunny afternoon.
Linda and I walked into the water. It is WARM and soothing! The waters of the Mediterranean feel almost "therapeutic". As we walked into the water, we found it continued to be "shallow", even 20 yards from the water line. Every now and then a wave would come by and the water level would reach our chins. Add the fact that the bottom-sand is smooth and easy to walk and stand on. There were no stones, rocks or even sea-weed to impede us. It was a wonderful experience.
|Tel Aviv Sunset from our hotel roof garden.|
So, as always, stay tuned.......