Tel Aviv Journals

Tel Aviv as a Base for Discovering Israel

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A December 1993 trip to Tel Aviv by Whirlwind

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Quote: Tel Aviv is a convenient base for exploring Israel's treasures: Bethlehem, Galilee, the River Jordan, or even a Druse Village.

Tel Aviv as a Base for Discovering Israel

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Overview

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There are many gems to see in Israel. For those who love the exotic in native dress and custom, the Druse villages near the Syrian border are quite a draw. A visit in the December-March time frame may include snow, so dress appropriately. Watch for orchards of grapes, apples, and olives. Even in the December cold of approaching winter, a blossom or two from a vining flower may catch your eye on these heights. My trip to the Lebanese border included a stop in Galilee. You have an opportunity to stop for lunch here and then board a boat for an excursion on the lake. The captain throws bread to the seagulls and they dive in every direction for their lunch too. Ask for a few pieces of bread if...Read More

Adiv

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Hotel

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From the Ben Gurion Airport, take bus 222 which parks near the Dan Hotel on the beach area of the Mediterranean. If you are traveling fairly light, you can walk the block or so over to the Adiv. Or wait to catch a two minute taxi ride. The Hotel Adiv is a great place to set up your Israeli base camp. Here is a current URL that will fill you in on the Adiv itself and also link you to other affordable lodging possibilities in the Tel Aviv area: http://hotelguide.net/tel_aviv/data/h100036.htm One very positive item about the Adiv is that it is only a couple of blocks from the Mediterranean and it is in safe area for walking. The beach is beautiful! Another plus i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Adiv
5 Mendele Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
03-5229141

Bethel

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Hotel

Bethel Photo, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Youth Hostel Bethel is a great place to spend a safe, inexpensive night in Haifa. Check-in times are later in the day and check-out at nine in the morning. If you arrive too early to check in, there is a nice parlor area for guests to rest. You are within walking distance of a bus stop that takes you to the train depot. I took the train up from Tel Aviv (plenty safe since fully half the riders were military). You are also mere blocks away from the home of the famous artist Marc Chagall. E-mail Bethel at: bethel@netvision.net.il

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 25, 2000

Bethel
Hagefen Street 40
Tel Aviv, Israel
(048) 521-110

Israel Walking Tours

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Israel Walking Tours Photo, Tel Aviv, Israel
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The guided tours I took in Israel were short in the walking the territory of the land. Sure some of them require an occasional brisk walk, but somehow it falls a little bit short of really seeing a country to only follow a guide.

But remember, unguided guests to this country are treated much more suspiciously when attempting to pass through customs on the way out.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 26, 2000

Israel Walking Tours
Border Areas
Tel Aviv, Israel

Hanukah

Attraction

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Contemplating my departure close at hand, I made my usual stop at the snack shop outside the Adiv hotel for some night-time munching. A woman wrapped in a dark sweater served me a bagel and a soda. 'This is my last night at the Adiv,' I said. 'Tomorrow I fly back to the US.' 'Ah,' she replied, 'You leave on a special day--it is the start of the Hanukah. Tonight I make latkes.' 'What's that?' I asked. 'Latkes are a special pastry we prepare for the Hanukah celebration. They are like a donut filled with jelly. I will have some for you as well.' I thanked her, but thought nothing of it afterwards. The next morning I made my last stop for a b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2000

Hanukah
Mendele Street
Tel Aviv, Israel

Ben Gurion Airport Authority

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Tel Aviv Airport... The trouble started when I presented my passport to the Israeli Ben-Gurion Border Control. Since my only previous foreign travel experience had been in Central and South America, I had taken the liberty of procuring travel visas to enter adjacent Middle Eastern countries as I had done before when planning the negotiation of Latin locales. The border control officer was this dark haired matron (for some reason, women make the most intimidating customs personnel). She listlessly picked up my passport and began browsing first former travel habits and then the newer visas. 'Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,' read one stamp. 'Embassy of the Syrian Republic,' read a second. ...Read More