Israel Day 6 - Tel Aviv and Jaffa

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October 29th 2017
Published: February 13th 2018
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Time to collect our hire car and explore further afield. One last walk through the Old City to the Pool of Bethesda and the Rockefeller Museum, a building complete with bullet holes from the day it ceased to be the Palestine Archaeological Museum.

The clocks really have gone back now. Apparently, although those picking up rental cars are aware of this, it has escaped the notice of those dropping cars off, resulting in a packed waiting room and no cars. Eventually our car appears and we set off.

The journey to Tel Tel Aviv is easy, straight down the motorway but once there, we encounter a selection of intricate motorway junctions, a rather baffling one way system and astronomical parking charges. We decide to skip Tel Aviv and proceed to the ancient port of Jaffa. It’s a beautiful town with views across to Tel Aviv. Funds are running low and we can’t find a cashpoint so we opt for chips in a restaurant called Chipsterdam. All it sells is beer in chips. Perfect.

We are booked into Elis Boutique Hotel on the seafront in Bat Yam, a picturesque Mediterranean resort town with a prom, similar to our home town of Bournemouth, only significantly warmer. It feels positively decadent to be in a ‘proper’ hotel after the somewhat squalid conditions of the past 5 nights. We take a stroll along the prom, buy some beers and watch the sun go down.

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