Awoke to the muslim call to prayer this morning (several mosques in Old Jaffa). Looked at my watch and it was 1:30 am??? Maybe an earlier tradition in Arab Israel? Listened closer to find it was the night club downstairs going on until 2 am. Finally back to sleep until thunder and lightning awoke us at about 4 am. But the sun was unexpectedly shining at 7. Almost 60 degrees. Snow almost forgotten.
The architecture of Tel Aviv expands from the very eclectic styles settlers brought with them from all over the world to the Bauhaus style of the late 30’s and 40’s to the ultra-modern and post-modern structures going up everywhere.
After morning tour, went back on our own to explore Jaffa. Delicious schwarma lunch, a look at locked jewish artisan shops (Shabbat) and a surprise to find a beautiful Ethiopian (we think) couple taking photos after their wedding.
And off to see the Ilana Goor museum. Just in from a sculpture of the big fish (whale) – this is where Jonah set off on his journey. Ilana did the sculpture and thought our grandkids would like to see it.
The museum is also her spectacular home. She is still working there. Amazing woman represented in all corners of the earth with her sculpture, paintings, furniture, etc. Surprised to find she actually lived 50 years in the US. Place is full, full of her works and collections of ancient to modern artists. Don’t miss if you’re in Tel Aviv!
Last look inside the museum before heading back to the hotel in a sudden rain and winds shower. Of course we left raincoats and umbrellas in the room since we left in the sun. Soaked, but happy — some rest, a nice dinner, some blogging and some sleep before heading north tomorrow.