Seeing Tel Aviv, Israel for the first time was completely shocking. I don’t know why but I expected desert and barren lands with minimal, if any, vegetation; I was totally wrong. I arrived to lush vegetation, large highways, and stunning sea vistas. Tel Aviv is often called “the city that never stops”. It’s lively with entertainment, culture, art, festivals, and a rich night life. As I walked the waterfront promenade on the Mediterranean seacoast, the city was bustling and my anticipation to explore more continued to grow.
I arrived at Intercontinental David Tel Aviv just in time to shower and watch the sun set. My first view was from the patio of my suite. It over looks the pool and the sea. It was so amazing that I ran down to the pool area to get an eye-level view.
I then took a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade and watched dozens of people enjoying the fabulous weather. Couples relaxed along the water’s edge, joggers strode by with ear buds and phones, happily moving to a tune, bikers weaved along a path, and pet owners walked and played with their beloved pals.
I caught a final glimpse of the setting sun and reflected on how life changing it is to actually experience new countries and cultures firsthand. We live in a world with so much beauty and light and I am fortunate enough to experience it.
Tomorrow I will tour Old Jaffa including galleries, Jaffa Port, Carmel and Levinsky markets, and Ilana Gur Museum. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute photos or stay tuned here and on the website for more Israel posts. I will be using the hashtag #IsraelBucketList during my 6 day visit.
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