This morning, after a splendid buffet breakfast, we relaxed beside the pool of the hotel, soaking up the sun (a little too much sun, as it turned out) and taking it easy.
Then in the afternoon, we set off on foot for Jaffa (formerly known as Joppa). It was a lovely walk along the sea front, reminding us of the walk from Montreux to Chateau de Chillion along Lac Leman in Switzerland. Along the way, we saw a guy building stacks of stones on the beach; another guy doing handstands on the beach; and we stopped for some freshly pressed juice (we were going to Jaffa, after all).
Jaffa is well worth the walk from Tel Aviv. It has quaint cobblestone streets, an outdoor market and a huge indoor market where you can buy just about anything, but especially all kinds of local food.
Of course, Jaffa was known as Joppa in Biblical times and it was famous, first as the town which Jonah ran away from and then as the town where Peter had the vision of the sheet of unclean animals while staying with Simon the Tanner (Acts 10). In the town today, you can see the house which is believed to have been Simon’s house – with the flat roof where you can imagine him having his vision.
An afternoon in Jaffa is well rounded off by dinner in one of the many seaside restaurants, where you can sample local fish while watching fishermen at work and, if you linger long enough, you can see the sun go down.