Since we were supposed to be in s flight that left at 11am today, which was canceled, we instead had breakfast and spent one final time down by the beach. We took in some sun and spent an amazing hour basking in the cool beautiful Mediterranean.
Amazingly, the beach was completely packed since it was shabbat. People were playing volleyball, kids were swimming in the water, couples and families were having lunch in the restaurants in the boardwalk.
As I was waking back to the hotel, I noticed hundreds of others dancing and singing in the boardwalk. That was wonderful!
After killing some time in our hotel lobby, we decided to take the hotel shuttle to an area of Tel Aviv called Sarona. My dad was amazed because it used to be an army base before WWII. We shared since pizza and walked a bit. Again, it was truly spectacular to see so many people there! Kids playing on the great playground, and the laughing and smiling was everywhere.
When we returned by cab from Sarona, we were fortunate enough to enjoy I’ve final Israeli sunset. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!!
When Yakov (Jacob) picked us up from the airport, he stopped on the way and his two twin daughters (my distant cousins and Ron and Tom’s sisters) meet us for some coffee. The joined the army 3 months ago for a two-year journey.
We got to the airport 2.5 hours before our flight and spent a little time in the lounge before take-off.
It was a beautiful trip, but all in all, I missed my kids and Stacey and look forward to going back to Israel with them in the next three years.
Thank you again Aba! I am grateful to have shared this journey with you.
I got to spend more time with my dad today. After our breakfast in the hotel (I wasn’t even hungry, and frankly, kind of over the humongous offering of foods. I don’t even finish all I take; what a waste), we decided to go to the Dizingoff Shopping Mall.
Once we arrived inside the mall, we walked out and decided to go to the street again. Today, they had a flea market set up and a lot of additional street vendors all along Dizingoff. It was nice, but unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing special to buy that couldn’t be purchased back home.
We stopped for a bite (grilled chicken, hummus, Israeli salad, fries/chips–what else is new?) to eat. Headed back to the hotel for some quiet time.
The sunset over the Mediterranean, again, was spectacular!
Since tonight is our last night in Israel, and also happens to be Shabbat, we decided to have dinner in the hotel. They offer an amazing white table buffet (again, yes). Salmon, lox, spicy fish, meatballs, veal, stuffed chicken, 2 kinds of soup, everything) every kind of salad, all kinds of desserts, and most everything else you can imagine. I took it easy and was able to enjoy very little of several of the offerings. Shabbat shalom!
Unfortunately, when we returned to our room after dinner, we found out that our flight home was canceled and instead of leaving at 11am, we would now be leaving at 11pm. Hopefully, I can be home in time for Jonah’s 8th birthday party at noon on Sunday!
My dad’s friend Chelic came by the hotel today to take my dad out for some old friend time.
I wanted to spend more time walking around the city today, so I walked down to Dizingoff Street again and browsed a bit. For another 3 hours. It was really nice! I had sushi at a real sushi bar and took a bunch of pictures of the city.
Later in the evening, Ron, Tom, and his girlfriend Dalia took me out to a nice Tapas dinner and we had some drinks and enjoyed a nice conversation. Great day!
My father’s friends Chaim came by and picked up my father for some old friend time. I, on the other hand, spent the entire day on the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean and it was beautiful! I haven’t been able to spend time relaxing in the sun and swimming in the water for years, and it was really nice. I had lunch on the lounge chairs and took in the 76°F sun.
After the beach, I went for a nice swim in the hotel pool and relaxed in the jacuzzi.
Later, my dad and I got cleaned up, and walked around the city for a bit and had a bite at a local shwarma restaurant.
It was a very relaxing day.