A New Beginning at Tel Aviv

Trip Start May 16, 2010
Trip End May 26, 2010

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Monday, May 17, 2010

We arrived at Tel Aviv today a little ahead of schedule and only one person in our group had the misfortune of arriving without her luggage. Other than that all is well. We were met at the airport by our gregarious tour guide Eric Copperman who is originally from New York. He has BA and an MA history and several years of training here in Israel with some of the top archaeologists in the world. finally, Eric is licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as a tour guide so it should be interesting and informative.

The airport and the city are interesting. The airport because Israel has limited air space so the approach is short, low, and requires maneuvers not normally necessary. The approach provided a nice demonstration of the tremendous maneuverability and control Airbus built into the aircraft that ferried us down from Madrid across the Mediterranean Sea. In any case, I was happy we did not try to violate Syrian or Lebanese airspace and rather enjoyed the twists and turns as we approached.

Tel Aviv is a modern cosmopolitan town--the name means "new beginning" or literally "spring mound" and was chosen in 1910 from among many suggestions when the modern city was founded to accommodate returning Jews. It is taken from Ezekiel 3:15: "Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Aviv, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days." This name was found fitting as it embraced the idea of the renaissance of the ancient Jewish homeland.

Tonight the city provided us with the comforts of a hotel just a few minutes from the beach after a long journey.

Tomorrow we will begin anew as we commence our journey through the land of promise. 
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Tim Troyer on

That is very interesting to know where the name Tel Aviv came from. That is the first time I have ever heard this.

Margie Reed on

Wonderful picture of Susan on the beach! Thanks so much for sharing your trip thus far. Looking forward to more.

johnjmillerjr on

hi Margie. We are now ready to begin.

Carol Froedge on

Friends of ours are on the trip...so was excited to follow along on your blog! Thanks!

Jennifer Burke on

Mark and Barbara Welch pastor our church in Lawton, OK. Tell them The Burke's say hello and we pray you all have a safe trip. Great blog so far. Keep it coming!

Elsie Taggart on

Hello to all . Our pastor and his wife are on the trip, Britt and Donna Taylor. I pray for the safety of all. I do appreciate the information in your blog. What a great idea, Thanks John

Becky DelSignore on

Thank you for the blog. It is nice to keep up with the trip. Our friends, Bill and Dawn Johnson are on the trip. Their daughters are staying with Vinny and I here in NH, while they are there. Please say "hello" and tell them all is well with the girls. Thanks

Matt Hinderegger on

John, you may have missed your calling. Professional writer and blogger are in your future. Thanks for sharing! Your post on JFK was spot on.

Guy Burke on

Also from the Lawton OK congregation with Mark Welch (there on the tour also). Thanks for keeping us posted. Hello to all. Glad to hear no mention of volcano dust travel problems.

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