Israel Day 9: Tel Aviv

At sunset on the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv …

After a busy week of touring everyone is slowing down a little. Rotem gives us an extra hour to get ready in the morning. It’s Saturday in Israel and the Sabbath. Not many people on the streets and not much traffic so it’s easy to get around.

The beach in Tel Aviv

Our first order of business is COVID antigen testing for the return flight. Good news! The entire group is negative, so no quarantine stay necessary beyond our planned return.

All negative!

We start the morning with a walking tour of Jaffa – the oldest section of Tel Aviv. We see Saint Peter’s Church, the galleries and housing of the Artists’ Quarter, and the Port of Jaffa.

Saint Peter’s Church
The Artists’ Quarter in Jaffa

A short bus rides brings us to the oldest part of Tel Aviv. We visit the old train station, then stop for a discussion of the practice of Shabbat. Makes sense on Saturday morning in Israel. Shabbat lasts 25 hours. It starts with lighting of the candles on Friday night and ends on Saturday after sunset when the first three stars are visible in the sky.

Talking about Shabbat

We visit a courtyard filled with Jaffa orange trees then stop for a late morning ice cream treat at Golda Flavor Boutique.

Orange blossoms in Tel Aviv

Next, a drive down Rothschild Boulevard to see buildings in the Bauhaus architectural style. Then Rotem brings us to Rabin Square and to the memorial that commemorates the exact place of his assassination.

The markers on the ground show where Rabin, his security, and the assassin stood at the Rabin Memorial

For lunch we skip shawarma and get burgers from the Meat Burger Bar, then head back to the hotel for a couple of hours of free time.

With our week of touring wrapped up, we take a walk to the beach then enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset.

Sunset in Jaffa

Tomorrow we head to the airport after breakfast at the hotel. We depart for Newark at midday.

4 Comments on “Israel Day 9: Tel Aviv

  1. It feels like Israel never recovered from the death of Rabin. Of all the rich historical places you showed, I’m not sure why that one affected me the most.

    • This was a very powerful memorial. To be able to stand in that exact place and see the proximity of Rabin to his security team and the assassin. Unbelievable that it was possible, but also not surprising.

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