My trip to Israel (even as I type that, I still can't believe I was really there) wasn't all work... besides the day we spent in Jerusalem, Netanella took me to Jaffa or Joppa Port in the morning before my flight back to Paris. Jaffa is part of Tel Aviv - a very important port from the Mediterranean Sea to the country. Joppa is mentioned a few times in the Bible... both Solomon and Ezra had wood brought from Lebanon through Joppa and that's where Jonah fled instead of going to Ninevah. Peter stayed in Joppa at Simon the Tanner's house for awhile. I loved going to Jaffa/Joppa because it felt "real" and not "staged" for tourists.
We parked near this old fishing warehouse... (as always, you can click on a photo to make it larger and see the details better.)
Some of the warehouses have been "renovated" to make restaurants and museums...
Of course we stopped for coffee and a pastry. I had some of the best coffee ever on this trip!
From the port we walked up to Old Jaffa - a maze of cobbled passageways...
At the top there is a beautiful view of the surrounding area. What a gorgeous day!
We didn't have a lot of time, but I'm glad I got to see the beaches and hotels of Tel Aviv in the distance...
Netanella ran into someone she knew, so she didn't mind me exploring a little of the very top on my own.
Soon we made our way back down to the port.
I showed this photo on Instagram and Facebook... in all my travels I've seen a lot of beggars and hobos, but this guy took the prize for the most unique thing in his shopping cart! The steel coil looks pretty heavy!
This boat had a very grand lion on the front...
Wouldn't you like to have a cup of coffee out on your boat in one of these chairs? (Until a rain storm!)
We had lunch at a restaurant at the port. It was interesting to learn the the Jews and Arabs live together peacefully in Jaffa. This was an Arab restaurant. There is still competition of a sort there... if the Israeli restaurant gives ten accompaniments to your bread then the Arab restaurant will bring you twenty! LOL - all these bowls of food and the lemonade were free with our meal. They brought them before we even ordered.
I tasted just about everything and it was so fresh and good. Beets, avocado, corn, carrots, hummus, dressings and salsas... I wish I didn't get full so fast! I can't remember what kind of fish I got - it was what they recommended as freshest that day. It was delicious!
THIS is what fresh falafel is supposed to look like - the falafel I had had in Paris the week before didn't taste like this! It was so good.
I love to see the old men gathered together just like they do all over the world - in the US at Cracker Barrel or in Italy in the piazza - or in Israel at the cafe.
All along the waterfront, the fishermen are working, working, working on their nets...
It was fascinating to see. We stopped into an art display in one of the warehouses as we left. I wish I'd asked about the price of these pieces (although I was on my way to the airport and I'm not sure where I would have put one of them!)
Very cool small paintings...
This collage piece is awesome!
I think even the rusty buildings and the beautiful palm trees are works of art!
Well, it was time to head to the airport... I must return to Israel someday and have more time to explore. Just this short amount of time changed my perspective and me. I'm so grateful to Netanella for making it possible, and thank you again to every person who loved on me and showed me such a beautiful welcome to their country!
A few hours later I was back in Paris for another day before my trip back to the US. What an adventure!