Our last day in Tel Aviv before heading north, was a free day - no planned tours, no group dinners - it was Shabbat, after all. Since the predicted highs were flirting with 100-degrees, Sara and I decided to spend at least a portion of the day on the beach at the Mediterranean Sea.
Charles Clore Beach was a quick walk around the corner from our hotel. Sunscreen and towels in tow, we claimed our little corner of sand and basked in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.
When the sun got too toasty and the beach too crowded, we decided to walk back to the hotel and hang at the pool for a bit. One thing I've noticed with all the walking around Tel Aviv, is how different the street set up is here, compared with those back home.
The heat not only made us tired, we were also quite hungry! Last time Sara was here on the student exchange program, she raved about these peanut butter snacks - one of the most popular in the state, so of course I had to try them! Yes, Bambas are the "bamb!"
One last dinner in this lovely town - we took Rabbi Weiss's suggestion to visit the old train depot, turned into a restaurant and shopping complex, HaTachana - again within walking distance. ***Side note - just for kicks I used WAZE while we walked over there. Even though it was in Hebrew (which I DON'T speak), it got us there - spot-on!
HaTachana was the site of the first train station ever built in the Middle East in 1892. It replaced camels for hauling people and freight between Jaffa and Jerusalem. The stations was used until the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.
In 2010, the New Station compound opened with restaurants, shops and entertainment.
We ate at Greg Cafe, where I had the "Upgraded Sabich Tortilla," the BEST falafel sandwich I've ever tasted! #HighlyRecommended! Good bye Tel Aviv - tomorrow we head north to Galilee.