Sea Plaza Hotel
Travel Blogs from Haifa
... charge exorbitant prices... luckily we had our bottle of
essentially ethyl alcohol. My roommates were Alex M and Ofir. I stayed up quite
late with Alex B, Udi, and some others. Ofir was with me because he was unable
to use the key card due to shabbat nor was he able to have me do it for him. I
kept trying to come up with "excuses" to go to the room so I could
open the door and he could go to sleep but he wasn't having it and kept coming
... danced before boarding. It was the first time we had a welcome back like that!
For the evening, we ate at the main dining room. I had the seafood cioppino (like a soup) with mussels, scallops, sourdough croutons and roasted garlic aioli. It was very tasty. We were so tired from yesterday that we just had 1 drink in the Star Bar and then headed to bed.
Tomorrow is an at sea day so we'll be sleeping in, suntanning, resting at the spa and eating as much as we can!
... the view nearby.
And here is the airport-style security you go through on your way into the train station. You don't have to take off your shoes and coat or take out liquids and laptops though. Pretty simple if you're used to U.S. airport security. And no lines!
We also went to the Baha'i Gardens today.
... made my way through the crowd. When I reached the wall I was crying too. I took my wadded up prayer and pushed it in a crack already filled with a paste of prayers. With one hand on the wall I could finally get the pull to Jerusalem. This place mattered. Our Guide They called him in on short notice for our little group. I should have guessed that a guide who could be ready in half an hour might not be the cream de la cream. He thought Jerusalem was a "Honkey Tonk town" ...
... now. On the 7 hour bus to Haifa, I started feeling sick... then terrible. I was cold and achy. I got to the people I'm couchsurfing with and played down how sick I felt (which was stupid). Then this morning I acquiesced and accepted a free ride to Caesarea from my host, since he had business there. He gave me three hours to wander around. I ended up sitting down for much of it, but it was truly beautiful. It's an ancient city ...