I woke up in the middle of the night before our wedding anniversary
and saw this at the living area:
My DHB, always with a surprise in mind, prepared for the special occasion a cake, rose, and 2 tickets to Tel Aviv!
He surely beat the pair of leather Navyboot shoes and wallet I bought for him to mark our first year as a legally married couple! I wanted to give him something that lasts and so I chose leather goods. But his gift, the gift of travel and experience, is waaaayyyyy better.
What is more awesome is that he chose a place where the third person in our relationship was born: ISRAEL!
In the plane, I got another surprise from the DHB. The flight attendant handed me a box of Swiss chocolate pralines with this funny letter:
Tel Aviv is a party place but we really did not go there to experience the night life. This time, we knew, we were going there to enrich our spirituality and spend quality time together.
We stayed at a hotel across the Mediterranean Sea. It was a stone throw away from Old Jaffa which we visited on our first night. Jaffa is the oldest part of Tel Aviv and its name is mentioned in the Bible 4 times. It is an ancient port city. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon, and Saint Peter.
On our first night, we took a cab up the Old Jaffa and discovered this precious restaurant that serves warm Chef’s Hummus dishes – Cassiopeia. The DHB chose eggplant hummus while I got lamb. We also ordered fish that was dipped in yummy fish roe! We were offered to try Israeli Coke and Beer. We even got free vodka shots after our meal because it was Hanukkah. That experience alone was already such a treat!
Another restaurant that we were able to go to while in Tel Aviv was Jessica’s. They had beautiful servers apart from the fact that their food was really good. 🙂 We both had fish and both of our meals were fantastic! Mine was sea bass dipped in pistachio and cream sauce while the DHB’s had something tomato-based.
While walking along the long jogging path of the port, we saw a number of stray cats. We also noticed the the people take care of really big dogs. Even late at night, we saw people still biking or jogging along the area. A number of people were also fishing in the cold. I guess life at Tel Aviv is pretty chill compared to similar big cities we have been to.
The taxi driver that we got to chat with when we arrived from the airport described Tel Aviv as a city that feels like its own country because of its remarkable liberated culture. People from different religions mesh in Tel Aviv. People respect one another. And they are pretty laid back with most folks starting their days late in the afternoon and ending it at party bars. Perhaps when we come back and we have more time, we will experience the bustling night life in Tel Aviv.
Old Jaffa Church
Hearts all over the world tonight!
Spotted: couple making out by the Mediterranean seashore!
It was my first time to touch water from the Mediterranean Sea!
Secret spy look
One fine day in Tel Aviv
I heart you! 😉
Happy day! 🙂
Like our wedding!
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