Jen arrived last Tuesday in the middle of the night ( it was actually 2:30 A.M. so you could say it was early morning Wednesday...). We slept in late on Wed. and were off to a late start. We spent the day strolling the streets of Tel-Aviv shopping, eating, and catching up on our lives. In the evening my someone joined us at home and we relaxed with a movie and nachos. (Jen & I used to order nachos & beers all the time back in Vancouver).
On Thursday morning we got up early and took the bus up to Jerusalem. We headed straight to the old city where the Western Wall & the al-Aqsa Mosque are. We strolled the narrow streets packed with vendors selling fabrics, cloths, food, hookah's, souvenirs, and much more. We even walked a part of the Via Delorosa and without meaning to, we found ourselves and The Church of The Holy Sepulchre (where supposedly JC is buried). After a long day in the capital we took a bus back to Tel Aviv. To end that perfect day we got all dressed up for dinner at the restaurant where I work. My someone was also there as he was working that shift.
On Friday morning we got a rental car for the weekend, and headed south to the dessert & the Dead Sea. Hurray road trip! Our first stop was Masada where we took the Gondola up the mountain. the view from up top was breathtaking, but the heat was overbearing and so we didn't stay up there too long. We got back on the road, driving alongside the Dead Sea, until we reached a village resort on the north part of the Dead Sea where we spent the night. The next morning we got up bright & early and headed to one of the beaches in the area. We spent our day floating in the water, sun bathing with mud on our bodies (and faces...), and just relaxing. It was heaven! Of course it had to come to an end, so in the afternoon we headed back home.
On Sunday my someone had the day off and so he joined us on our road trip up north to Haifa. We climbed the streets of Haifa, saw the Bahai Gardens and the spectacular views of the city's port and shore-line, and had a late lunch at a rodeo restaurant that was highly recommended to us. It was quite an experience. to end our perfect 5 days we went out to a Tapas restaurant. It was us three and two of my girlfriends from work. We had a blast drinking cocktails and noshing on Tapas. Sadly that was our last night together and after dinner we took Jen to the airport to catch her flight back.
Here are some snaps from our adventures
Masada & The Dead Sea
Haifa & the Bahai Gardens
... Until we meet again Jen ...