Jaffa and a farewell dinner

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 06, 2010

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Flag of Israel  , Tel Aviv,
Saturday, June 5, 2010

Our last full day in the Middle East began as usual with hot sunny weather. Of course, being Saturday, virtually everything is shut down, so we saw a lot of closed shops.  In the afternoon we had signed up for an optional walking tour of Tel Aviv. We began by taking our tour bus to Jaffa.  Jaffa is an old port city, believed to be one of the oldest ports in the world.  Jaffa was mainly an Arab community that became part of modern Israel after the war of independence in 1948 and soon after amalgamated with Tel Aviv.

We walked through the old city enjoying the ambience and finally ended up at the water front with terrific views of Tel Aviv from there.  We walked along the sea wall to the old part of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek.  Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighbourhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient port of Jaffa.For years, the neighbourhood prospered as Tel Aviv, the first modern Hebrew city, grew up around it. Years of neglect and disrepair followed, but today, Neve Tzedek has become one of Tel Aviv's latest fashionable and expensive districts. Literally, Neve Tzedek means Abode of Justice, but it is also one of the names for God.  This is also where we found the restaurant recommended by Elaine and Allan.

After wandering around for a bit we returned to the hotel to get ready to head out for our farewell dinner with our group.  Most of the group would be leaving later tonight or tomorrow, although a small part of the group were continuing on to southern Israel with a side trip to Petra.  The restaurant , back in Jaffa , served kabobs and other Middle Eastern side dishes.  Not one of the finest restaurants we dined in but it did the job.  We were joined by a large cockroach who I spotted dining on a side dish of shredded carrots on our table.  We managed to get him out of there and on to his next life but it did make us look at the food sideways.

After the meal we said good byes to most of the travellers and called it a day.
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