Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa Sightseeing

Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
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Trip End May 15, 2011


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

We return to the old city of Jaffa this morning to see the artists' quarter and visit a local flea market. Our first visit is to the old Turkish train station, built in 1892, and now renovated into a complex of boutiques and restaurants. We walk further into the old city to visit the museum and gallery of the artist Ilana Goor, whose work is very modern and impressionistic. See the photos and decide for yourself. The museum also has works from other artists, and was created in a building that is 250 years old and once served as a hostel for Jewish pilgrims entering the Holy Land.

After free time to explore a flea market and eat lunch, we head out of town to Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Munitions Factory. It was a working kibbutz on a hill, and through guile and deception the workers dug out a huge hole to secretly manufacture bullets to be used in the fight for Israeli Statehood. The country was under the control of the British, but these wily kibbutzim were able by clever means to make ammunition right under the noses of the British Army.

We return to Tel Aviv and our hotel to enjoy the generous "happy hour" buffet of snacks and drinks. Later we cross the street to watch the sun set over the Mediterranean, and then walk to the Hilton Hotel for dinner. I need to get to bed early tonight, so I walk back to the hotel and arrive right at 8pm. This is Memorial Day, and at that hour a loud siren is heard. I stand in front of the hotel and watch as the traffic comes to a complete stop, and everyone gets out of their cars and stands reverently in silence to honor those who died for the State of Israel. It is a touching thing to witness. Once the sirens stop blowing, everyone gets in their cars again and life goes on.

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bruce on

this is nice DAN

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