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... baklava and all of the beautiful spices! We didn't linger long here as we had a lot of ground to cover.
Next stop was the "Artist's Market" where there was table after table of local artists selling their crafts. I saw so many creative and fascinating things here, and even purchased a small souvenir for someone special ;-)
From here we made our way to the heart of old Tel Aviv where Rothschild's Boulevard meets ...
... by God. All that remains of the Second Temple, is the base of the wall. The Wall was a sea of humanity. Of the ladies in our group, only Lynette wanted to go up to it since she had a message to tuck into the wall. I volunteered to go with her and was very glad I did. Women have a separate part of the wall of course and not closest to the most holy part, but we wound our way up and were finally able to touch it and she left her prayer. The ...
... all of the well-built apartment buildings and shopping malls, it doesn't look war-torn. Plenty of the buildings look nicer than a lot of places where people live in Israel. However, there aren't kids in the streets, so I'm not sure I can declare it as safe as the buildings make it appear to be.
I was very hungry when we finally stopped for lunch at Ce Tu coffee shop and cafe. I ended up sitting with some of the Italians and Spaniards in our group. They ...
... was incomprehensible. I learned things that I'd never studied in school. In particular, the story of the ship of Jewish refugees turned away by Cuba and the US. Unthinkable! We also learned at lunch that those eating kosher food cannot sit at the same table with those eating Un-kosher food. :-)
Probably the most emotional and lasting memories of the trip was our afternoon visit to the Garden Tomb. We had a 3:30 appointment. They ...
... of Israel.
In the afternoon, we returned to the hotel and 2/3 of us slept after being a long, cold, and rainy day of sightseeing. Dinner was at a small Greek restaurant in Jaffa, where we ate salad, kebabs, small fried fish, and eggplant spread. The hostesses at the restaurant were all dressed as pirates for Purim!
Tomorrow we head north to see ROMAN RUINS! (that's for you, Mr. B.)
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