Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea
May 21, 2008
|We have been so incredibly busy here in the Holy Land.
We spent just less than a week touring Israel's largest city. Lots of time walking along the beaches, lots of time in Jaffa, lots of time trying to get to a museum we never did manage to make it to! After India, Tel Aviv was a great way to relax and enjoy the comforts of the western world (hot showers, tap water you can brush your teeth with, good coffee, fantastic breakfasts, sidewalks that work...)
On our last day in the area (this past Saturday), Ran took us on a whirlwind tour of the coast north of Tel Aviv - up as far as Haifa which was like 30 km from Lebannon. It was so much fun - lots of temples, Roman ruins, great food and scenary. Oh and a full view of Tel Aviv atop Ran's new office tower complex.
That Saturday evening we caught the bus into Jerusalem where we are now spending our last night. We first spent out time in the Old City and then reconnected with two Israeli friends we met in Nepal - Aylet and Gili. They have also spoiled us!
Jerusalem is now one of Kyla's favorite cities - so much history, spirituality, culture... great museums, artwork, food... Please let the relative calm remain.
Dead Sea and Massada
Today we took a tour to the Dead Sea and Massada. Massada is an incredible event that is deep within the Israeli heart and is thought of often in looking forward to the future. Do a web search for the details.
And as for the Dead Sea. Weird! It was like bobbing around in an ocean full of olive oil. We had a lot of laughs learning how to manouver in the "water". All in all it was a really fun day. We learned lots.
Tomorrow we are off to Aqaba, Jordan to celebrate 4 years of marriage. We will likely stay there 2 nights before heading off to Wadi Rum to sleep in the desert in a Bedouin camp and then...