Today we got a late start. Breakfast was served whenever we were interested and then there was an optional meeting with Reuven, our guide, at 10:00am in the lobby for a walking tour of Tel Aviv. I didn’t come to Israel to sleep, so I was interested, and after a difficult time waking Caleb up, we headed out for our walking tour of Tel Aviv. Our walk took us along the promenade, with the modern buildings of Tel Aviv on our left and the beach and the waves of the Mediterranean on our right. The sun was shining, the temperature was warm and the breeze off the ocean kept us cool as we walked for about 40 minutes. We then arrived at the Jaffa Train Museum.It’s easy to get confused when talking about Tel Aviv and Jaffa. But, if you keep in mind that Tel Aviv and Jaffa are twin cities, you should be alright! Jaffa is the old part, Tel Aviv is the new. The train station had some neat looking buildings which I photographed and we looked around inside numerous shops. We stopped only 20 mins. or so before we headed into the Carmel market. This market was reminiscent of the Old City Bazaar in Jerusalem and was an enjoyable stop.
Reuven left us in the market by ourselves pointed out the return route to our hotel and left us on our own. Caleb and I did a little window
shopping, then headed back to the hotel. We did join Claire E, Lois H and Art B for some lunch (I could hear Claire laughing as we came down the street). Lunch this time consisted of – you guessed it – more pizza. Caleb got adventurous and had mushrooms on his pizza, and we enjoyed eating our lunch outside. We spent our afternoon splashing in the Mediterranean (our guide calls the Mediterranean Sea Israel’s most peaceful border), swimming in the hotel
pool and resting in the room. In fact, Arthur Burrill is snoring up a storm while I am writing this (Caleb claims he was awakened in the night by this noise!). Supper tonight is at 6:30 and then we have our evening free. I am hoping to find a couple more geocaches if I can. Then in the morning we carry on to Caesarea – 6:30am wake up call, 7:00 breakfast and 8:00 departure as we head North up the coast. As we saw the Sea today, my own thoughts were on the words of the psalmist in Psalm 148:1-7, 148 “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps.”