APtravelnews-August 31st–Israel- Israel: Much more Than the Holy Land! Part One
Whenever we travel outside of the USA there are three things we need to be concerned about: quality of the water & food, if the accommodations are up to our American high standards of comfort, cleanliness safety, and is the destination interesting enough to spend our hard earned free time and dollars in. Well, I can tell you that today & tomorrow too, Israel is such a place and then some. My wife Barbara and I left New York on El Al Airlines, to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv-about 12 hours total flight time for the New York, to Tel Aviv run, not including pre-check-in time for security checks, etc. When you travel to the Middle East today, you do not concern your self with extra precautions by an airline that so far has a perfect safety record. We enjoyed the meals on El Al’s New York to Tel Aviv flight to Israel and we slept quite well even in tourist class. Relatively refreshed after so many hours sitting and partially reclining, we breezed through customs into a land that should not and does not know any bounds: Israel (which is Palestine)! Israel in spite of dealing with horrendous terrorists, is 74 years old and rightly very proud of it and pulling out all the stops with anniversary celebrations all around the nation. Some examples are: re-enactment’s of the day Israel became a full independent country; an international opera concert; a giant Purim parade; Torchlight unveiling of Salvador Dali’s “Light Of Peace” as a permanent greeting to all travelers entering Israel by way of Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv.
We left with our able and highly informed guide, Daliah for Jerusalem and stowed our gear at the historically significant, renovated, landmark: The King David hotel. That first of 14 evenings, Barb and I began our efforts to eat our way through the country, starting in Jerusalem in order to accomplish research for my upcoming book “Mid East Recipes for Peace.” It’s a bit difficult to tell too much detail about our recent 2-week visit in one or two post. Why? Well, you just cannot appreciate all the fabulous places, restaurants and experiences in just two-weeks. However, look for part 2 for the highlights that you too can experience for yourselves with a visit to this vibrant, creative land of milk & honey: