On Sunday we went back to the Old City to visit the Tower of David and do some more browsing in the markets.

We then walked around the tops of the old walls from Jaffa Gate to Herod’s Gate.

We then said goodbye to Jerusalem and took a Sherut taxi to Tel Aviv. Sherut taxis are shared taxis that go between the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and a few other cities. They wait in designated areas and leave whenever they are full.

After getting settled in our hotel in Neve Tsedek we set off exploring. Tel Aviv is famous for its Bauhaus style architecture, and we passed by many buildings in that style. We eventually made our way up to Rabin Square, the site where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995.

Getting hungry, we stopped for sabich at a takeaway on the corner of Frishman and Dizengoff Streets. Sabich contains fried eggplant, eggs, potatoes, hummus, tahini, cilantro and salad all wrapped in a pita and it tastes amazing.

We then headed down to the beach and wandered around a bit more. We stopped at a cafe and tried halva cake, which is made with sesame but tastes a bit like peanut butter.

The next morning we walked down to Jaffa, an ancient city that has now been incorporated into the newer Tel Aviv. The promenade along the shore line had beautiful views of the old town.

The oldest part of the old town was full of narrow pedestrianized streets. We came across a tree planted in a giant hanging planter.

Jaffa is known for its flea market. I think we were there on an off day because there was more trash then treasure. If you want to buy an empty Jack Daniel’s bottle, twenty year old motherboard, or the 1997 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records in Hebrew this is certainly the place to go! Later we found some more permanent shops selling all sorts of furniture and beautiful things we couldn’t fit in our luggage.

Continuing our food tour of Tel Aviv we stopped at Dr. Shakshouka for shakshouka, a tomato and red pepper kind of stew with eggs on top served with bread for dipping. In Israel it is apparently a brunch food.

We then successfully navigated the Tel Aviv bus system to get to Carmel Market, a giant food (and assorted other stuff) market that seems to be equal parts tourist attraction and actual place for locals to do shopping. We bought some delicious cookies and pastries and tried some fresh hummus with hard-boiled egg on top.

Our whirlwind tour was coming to an end. We grabbed a taxi to the airport and said goodbye to Israel.

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