day 2 in tel aviv and i am walked out
Fred and I left the hotel around 930, kids fast asleep. We strolled over to Benedict for breakfast. A 24/7 breakfast place. The menu was pretty amazing. Everything looked good. I was tempted to go with the health bowl which consisted of two poached eggs over yellow and red lentils, coriander and of course yogurt but I wasn't so sure I wanted to kick off the day like that knowing what I wanted to check out, food-wise, over the course of the day. I actually went healthy…gasp…granola, fruit and yogurt and a little honey on the side. Pretty damn good.
Since there was no doubt the kids would be sleeping for hours we walked to Jaffa. Took us about an hour but what other way to really get to know a city. We passed a variety of parks. This one was filled with young girls who I assume go to the same school taking a morning break.
We called the kids and woke them telling them we were doing the flea markets and if they wanted to come along now would be the time…and so they did. When we met them the first thing we did was walk over to an Arabic bakery called Abouelafia which is open 24/7.
Then off to the flea markets. It is relatively quiet on a Wednesday. I have one word for the markets… SHLOCK. The girls opted to go back to an area from yesterday and get lunch and Josh stuck with us. I believe the girls came back to the flea markets for more exploration than I was willing to give it later in the day.
At the top of Jaffa is the Ilana Goor museum. A woman who is an artist that has been collecting for years and has opened her house to show her collection. It is pretty cool. This one room is devoted to small sculptures.
There are a bunch of galleries as you walk up the hill. One very cool shop called Elemento that carried anything from furniture, lights, vases, plates and art. This piece is from the artist they have around the walls now.
I kind of thought that Safed, the artists community up near the Golan Heights, would be more like this area in Jaffa. Large squares with galleries and places to eat, not really touristy at all but a nice area. It is well worth the walk to the top of Jaffa vs the flea markets below.
Fred left Josh and me at this point. He went back to the hotel and Josh and I ventured over to the Carmel Market. Cabbed it over but again were dropped off about a 15 minute walk from the area we were supposed to go. The Carmel market is filled with stalls of clothes and then as you move onward it is filled with food.