OR boy is this country old!!!!!!!!!
Louie and I are doing extremely well under the circumstances. When I mean under the circumstances, I mean getting up and heading for a quick dip in the Mediterranean. Eating great food and touring the country. Remember that someone has to do it and it might as well be us. Wednesday morning we still felt a little jet lag. We decided to head to Jaffa( old city of Tel Aviv.) Unfortunately before we could do that we first had to make a trip to the mall for a power adapter. Well....let me tell you about an Israeli Mall. MASSIVE......(and we all know how Louie loves to be in a mall) Four floors later and two city blocks long, and up and down and up and down, we found the store. Luckily for us the clerk lived in the US for some time and knew exactly what we needed. Then on to Jaffa. Jaffa faces the sea with old stones that date back to the Ottoman Empire. The old part is a very small village and presently there are shops that sell beautiful artwork. We arrived just as the sun was setting over the water. We climbed to the top for a breathtaking view. There, we met a woman and discussed the prospects for peace. It seems that most Israelis believe that the leaders of the Arab world are not interested in any peace, because they need to have something to unite their people. That would be a common enemy(Israel). We can only hope for the best, she said. (Alavi)-(sp) In Hebrew and Yiddish, we can only hope. We will definitely be back to Jaffa since it is only about 3 miles from our apartment.
Thursday morning - Jerusalem- Kotel(Western Wall) and the Old City. We left our apartment at 7 in the morning. (No more Jet lag) Walked a mile and took a non-stop bus to Jerusalem. I think we were the only Americans. The ride was about 45 minutes with no traffic. We entered the city and took another bus to the Old City. It is still amazing to me, how the Ultra Orthodox Jews can wear those long black jackets in that heat. Many were praying on the bus and I felt that I was back in Borough Park. Nothing like feeling like being home. We approached The Wall and of course men on one side, women on the other. It was so crowded that I couldn't even touch it, let alone leave any messages in the cracks. I know that Aaron left a message in the cracks, because he asked me if I remembered when the Red Sox won the series. We then proceeded to find a tour for the tunnel, but needed to make advanced reservations. Looks like we will have to make another trip next week. After that, we went to the Arab Market. Lots of junk, but did buy some beautiful pictures and some nice tiles. Louie started to speak to a woman, who was a Palestinian Christian. She, on the other hand, said she did not like the Israelis because she said that they really didn't trust anyone who was not Israeli. She also said she had an American passport, because her family in the US lied about her birth. How that happened is beyond me. I'm sure you can fill in the dots. Next the Tomb of David( just a room, men praying on one side, women on the other), then on to the room of The Last Supper ( which was a Passover Seder) That was also a big room with nothing in it, but some people praying and singing. I think those people were Americans from the midwest. The stones in the Old City date back more than 3,000 years. They definitely look good considering their age. There were many areas where there were archaeological digs and you can see the different layers in the earth. WOW!!! I am sure those rocks have some good stories. The Old City is broken up into four different quarters, Moslem, Christian, Armenian, and Jewish. Each has its own favor. More to come on our next visit. Hopefully, attached is my first video. It is the wall and a Bar Mitzvah. I don't even have video of my own children, but I do have an orthodox service at the wall. Go figure.
Tonight, we will meet Aunt Adele and Uncle Joseph's nephew for dinner. They are the people we stayed with (Louie's great-aunt and uncle) the last time we were in Israel. It should be an interesting dinner. Then, Sergio's daughter and family on Sunday( Sergio is Louie's best buddy from high school, who lives in Argentina, daughter moved to Israel )and also we were just invited to Sabbath dinner with Yossi's family, next Friday night. Yossi helps manage the apartment we are staying in. His mother is from Yemen and his father is from Egypt. Another interesting experience. Well until you tune in again....Shalom from the Middle East.