We arrived in Tel Aviv from Amsterdam on Wednesday at the the ungodly hour of 2:45 a.m. We taxied to the Marriott Hotel to catch a few hours of sleep before moving on to Jerusalem.
We awoke late in the morning to a view of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and the beach. We had time to take a dip and lay on the beach for a while.
Later in the afternoon we took a taxi to Jerusalem. We had a very nice driver named Eliyahu who pointed out points of interest along the way.
We arrived at the apartment that we have rented for the next seven days and it is beautiful! It is located in the Mamilla district which is very conveniently located and a five minute walk to the Old City. We have a lovely view of the Old City from our balcony. Here is what the apartment looks like! Click on a picture to enlarge.
Our cousin, Janet, who lives here, came over with some food to stock our refrigerator. That evening we had our first tour scheduled-The Kotel Tunnel Tour. Thank goodness Janet was here to walk us to the start of the tour, or we would never have found it. This tour is through the ancient tunnels which are on the inside of the Western Wall. They are excavations which go back 2000 years to the time of the First Temple.
After the tour we stopped at the Western Wall and Clifford and Neal went inside. Neal has the turquoise yarmulke (skull cap) and Clifford is behind him in a blue shirt. We, then, made our way back to the apartment through the Shook (marketplace) to the apartment.
Cousin’s Janet and Myra joined us and we had a fun and delicious dinner at a restaurant call Fish and Olives.