After a very hectic November and early December, it was a welcome break to be able spend time in Tel Aviv, Israel. My hubby attended his conference and I had the luxury of just enjoying the sights, sounds, food and cats.
The Grand Beach Hotel is just across the street from the beach — and has the BEST breakfast buffet I’ve ever enjoyed.
A beach along the 3-mile boardwalk that lines the Mediterranean sea
Cheeses from the breakfast buffet… The fresh cheese is rolled in red pepper flakes…not sundried tomatoes as I quickly discovered one morning!
At the north end of the Tel Aviv boardwalk, architects added an undulating feel along with an interior sandbox to give the sense of walking along the actual beach
There is a walk/jog path on both sides of the river all the way from the city perimeter to the sea.
A heron enjoys a warm December morning
a pet shop on Ditzengoff Street
a mural on Ben Yehuda street near the bus stop
Tel Aviv has many official and unofficial cats to help keep vermin at bay
The ubiquitous mint tea
I had a friend who joined me for tea….
the marina along the Tel Aviv shoreline
The best mango passionfruit smoothie this side of California…on Ditzengoff Street
Ditzengoff Street, fashion central with wide sidewalks and gracious trees
Fresh cheese…. no one knew the actual name for this cheese… but it was delicious… sort of like pressed ricotta or paneer with herbs mixed in.
A delicious typical Tel Aviv lunch: grilled cheese sandwich (feta cheese with black olive tapanade, fresh tomatoes and red onion slices), salat (cucumbers and tomatoes tossed with olive oil and lemon juice) and lemonana (fresh sqeezed lemonade with fresh mint leaves). Yum!
The mezze of hummus, baba ganoush, tahina with olive oil, labne (a strained yogurt cheese) with olive oil, sundried tomato tapanade, and crispy feta eggroll. Served with fresh warm pitta bread. Heaven!
A cat watches after his store on Ditzengoff St.
A tricycle on Ditzengoff St.
The fruit and veg stand on Ditzengoff St.
Hooded crows are as common as cats in Tel Aviv…
I walked into the middle of a commercial shoot for a website developer one morning during my boardwalk stroll.
Another section of the boardwalk
In December, only the very hardy, or foolhardy go swimming…
The sun sets on our final night in Tel Aviv, the glorious end to a fabulous vacation.