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Israel-Day 1

Indy-Newark-Tel Aviv-Jerusalem

We have been friends with Gregg and Howard our entire married lives. Ron and Gregg met their first day of college in 1976. Our friendship is a solid one. About a year ago, Gregg and Howard approached us with the idea of accompanying them on a trip to Israel. This would be a group trip with their close friends and family members. A few details later, and here we are- in Israel with these dear "old" friends and about 15 new ones. What a thrill to finally touch down in this land that we have heard about our entire lives and have known we would one day visit.90_IMG_1990.jpeg Upon arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, we met our tour guide Aya, her husband Isaac, and the rest of our travel mates. CESF9628.jpegWe enjoyed a quick coffee at Aroma, then were ushered outside to our bus to meet our driver, Avi- who we would enjoy spending the week with. We wasted no time getting started on our "tour". Off we go- to Jerusalem, for a "food tour" in the Mechane Yehuda Market. Oh the yummy things we tasted! Georgian cheese pies, hummus, Bourekas, halva, kanafe, and fresh juices. So awesome to experience the vivid colors, smells, and sounds of a busy market, or "Shuk". This was a fun way to start our Israel experience.
Cool mural on an apartment building near the market.
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We started out with some of the restaurants on the street. Can't remember the names of all of the wonderful things we tasted, but every bite was delicious.
IMG_2019.jpeg Spices, olives, fruits-oh my! Of course no Israeli food tour would be complete without having some hummus.
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Our group snagged a first class spot in a cute little place tucked into one of the alleyways. Time to enjoy these yummy sandwiches.

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And a few more of the beautiful offerings of the market~
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Oh, this Israeli tea. Beautiful, tiny nuggets of dried fruit blends. How I wish I had bought some.
It is so good, you can eat it right out of your hand like candy- which I did. But have never brewed it and now I wish I could try that.
Mental note: must return to Israel and buy tea.
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Time to leave the market and check out more of this charming neighborhood. We enjoyed strolling down Jaffa street, with its modern lightrail train. Next stop- The Friends Of Zion Museum, snuggled in a little hidden alcove on this artsy street filled with beautiful umbrellas!
large_IMG_2047.jpegIMG_2048.jpeg The museum was very high tech and interesting. Amazing that we were able to stay awake for it all given that most of us had travelled for nearly 24 hrs and had still not seen a hotel. That would come next. And oh what a hotel!
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The Orient is a luxury hotel in a trendy residential neighborhood. It was great to finally get to our room and clean up a bit before our group dinner at Adom, where we enjoyed a wonderful first night feast. Lamb shank, seafood risotto, chicken, beef carpaccio, cheesecake, and chocolate tartufo. With full tummies and droopy eyes, we gladly headed back to the hotel for a much needed sleep. Israel- you impress us greatly so far!

Posted by bloomcrew 12:09 Archived in Israel

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