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Travel Blogs from Tel Aviv
... view of the ocean.
cleaned up & changed, we went to the Tel Aviv port for Kabbalat Shabbat
services with Beit Tefilah Israeli.
There were hundreds of people there.
Watching the waves crash against the rocks, feeling the slight spray of
water, watching the sun slowly set, ...
... I was there. We didn't get to see any of the processes, but she explained it a bit to us. Basically, they import ingredients from Europe, add some local water and local labor, and use a very standard process to make a light, clear beer. I had a sample and it was relatively refreshing, although I'm very much not a fan of beer.
One other thing they do that's great for the local communities is they also help sell locally-made wine, soap, oil, spices, and other products. ...
... 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 ...
... Indecipherable, that is, unless you were acquainted with the Israeli alphabet, in which case they were fairly easy to decipher.
After baggage reclaim, it was straight through the green, nothing to declare, door and out into the arrivals area and the warmth of the Tel Aviv evening.
Leaving the country ...
... tourists. There was a large cobbled plaza with coffee shops, restaurants, and lots of places to buy Jaffa-themed tchotchkes.
But occasionally the grittier Jaffa leaked through—we walked past an old building in poor repair, in fact, mostly roofless. Apparently it started life as a Libyan Synagogue, then became a hotel, and most recently a soap factory before being abandoned decades ago. I detected lots of high-pitched squeaking emanating from its ...