Tel Aviv, Beach & Memorial GardenNovember 22, 2019 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 17 °C
Our first day in Tel Aviv starts with a late wake-up and an even later breakfast. If the dinner buffer yesterday evening left us in awe, the breakfast one is no less: vegetables, fish, chees, pancakes, pizza... not to mention the whole selection of eggs, yoghurt and fresh fruit. Considering it´s already already past 10.30am, I suggest to skip lunch and Ludo promptly responds with a second plate of bread and sweets... as well as three pizza slices! 🍕🍕🍕 And, trust me, seeing somebody devouring pizza with a cappuccino is a truly unsettling experience... even if it´s Ludo.😫
After this not-so-light breakfast we make the big mistake of going back to our room, which inevitably leads to a 2-hour long nap... Long story short, when we finally manage to leave the hotel is past 2pm and we have just over two hours of daylight considering that it´s already dark at 5pm. It´s actually not as bad as it sounds: we definitely needed some rest considering our the crazy routine race in Munich and we still have tomorrow the whole day to visit the city.
Given the limited time available, we decide not to walk to far and rather redo the same route of yesterday evening. As expected, the daylight makes everything looks different and we notice details that didn´t catch our attention yesterday evening.
The coastline is truly beautiful: the golden fine-sand beaches are crowded by sun-bathers and beachvolley players, while swimming is not allowed (probably due to the closeness to the harbour). Modern skyscrapers and pictoresque cafés are built along the beachline, while the buildings behind a far from nice. The cheap and crumbling look of most of the houses on the other side of the street make me feel I am in an Arabic country rather than in modern Israel...😣
We proceed along the coastline and walk by the harbour until we reach the estuary of a river, crossed by a few bridges. After zigzagging through bikers and joggers, we reach the farther bank, characterised by the presence of a very special park. Among the trees were indeed erected some nlack marble columns carrying the names of some Jewish victims of WW2.
It's already dark when we start walking back to the hotel, but it's still too early to have dinner. The consequences are, obvious: another nap!
When we finally wake up it's already 8.30pm, so we need to rush to the restaurant hoping to still find something to eat. When we realise how much we would have to pay for the buffer (almost 50€ per person!!!), we however decide that the food was not that good in the end 🙄... and end up in a mini market just around the corner. Unfortunately, we soon sadly realise that "mini" only refers to the size of the shop and not to prices...😬
Anyways, we still manage to put together a decent dinner without having to sell a kidney and enjoy our room picknick. Tomorrow the official discovery of Tel Aviv will begin!🤩Read more