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October 20 Day 8

Paris and the Orley

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Day 2 in Paris

Today we have tickets for the Orley. Even with tickets the line was 1/2 hour to get in, probably because it was closed yesterday and the Louvre is closed today.

Spent two hours enjoying the paintings and statues.

Went to the Hall of Prostitution. Quite interesting. Prostitution was lawful in 1804 and the prostitutes were carefully watched for disease. In the beginning there were the courtesans (high priced prostitutes), brothel prostitutes, and street walkers. These were all registered and carefully monitored. As time went by many women who worked in shops and didn't make enough to support themselves and/or their children, also started prostituting. by 1848 it was no longer possible to monitor the women and it fell by the wayside.

We used our second day of the on/off bus to go to a good place for photos of the Eiffel tower, then got back on to go to Notre Dame.

By the time we got there we were all cold and tired and the line up was long to get inside. The decision was made to take pictures of the outside and catch a cab home.

Home by 6. AND scrambled eggs for dinner. Yum Yum!!

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October 21 Day 9

Paris to Tel Aviv

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Day 9 On to Tel Aviv

Up at 7 to make sure we are ready for our 9:30 taxi. He arrived right on time. Cost was 64 Euros.

After arriving in Tel Aviv we caught another taxi to our hotel. It is a great surprise! It has an 8.5 rating on Trip Advisor but our rating is quite a bit different. With the paint peeling from the living room wall and the price $158.00 per night, my rating is about 3.5. It was relatively clean and the manager was very helpful, when he was around. It also had a very good location as far as the beach being one block away. However, it was actually quite a distance from some of the places we wanted to go.

An interesting difference from other hotel/apartments I have used is that the coffee they give you is loose coffee grounds in little packages, instead of instant coffee. It appears they boil it in a small pot with a pouring lip, like the Turks do. It wasn't very good even when it was boiled.

After we settled in we went to an Irish Pub a block away. They had lamb sausages, made at the restaurant, with mashed potatoes and sour kraut. They were very good. Cost of meal and two Kilkennys was 129 shekels, or 45 dollars. A bit expensive.

Later we bought some Feeneys liquor for our coffee, about 18.81 per bottle, similar to home.

Back to the apartment and settled in for the night.

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October 22 Day 10

Tel Aviv

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October 22 Tel Aviv

Today is the free tour of Jaffa. Our guide, Nicola, is a Jew from Britain.

We saw the door to Simon's home, although it is in a 19th century building. This is where Peter realized he should let "pagans' become Christain, not just the Jewish people. As in many other places, when a place was conquered, or they wanted to build something new, they leveled what was there and built on top. There are many Tels that show the history down to 3000 years ago.

Jaffa was a walled port city with a moat around it for protection. Mohammed Agha, also known as Abu Nabbut, the Ottoman governor, wanted a place where people would feel safe at night, so he had the gates closed at dark. One day he had the misfortune to be locked outside himself.The guards could not see him and he was denied entry just like anyone else. At this time he realized he should provide some services for those who were locked out, so they wouldn't go elsewhere. Thus the extention of Jaffa.

He also wanted people to come there so he declared there would be no taxes. This lasted until the British arrived and decided there needed to be a tax imposed on people coming in.

Of course all children go to school, and the schools are all publicly funded to one or another. However, each school is made up of only one religion, or religious sect, so the children only learn and play with others of like mind.

There is a marine organization, kind of like our Boy Scouts, that has children of all religious affiliations attend. This has it's meeting place just outside the walls of Jaffa.

Jaffa has been taken over by many nations because it is a port and therefore a very lucrative place to have. It was always a tax free port until the British came. They immediately instituted a tax. The old tax collection building is still there, across from the first hotel in Jaffa, which was Armenian and is now an Armenian hospital.

Jaffa is a cool place with narrow streets and many small, interesting shops. We stopped at a courtyard that has an orange tree growing out of what looks like a large (avocado?) pit. It is suspended in the air and hangs and grows. It shouldn't be there and it shouldn't grow, but it does. Some of the Jews think this kind of shows Israel and the problems it has. This artist has done several other artistic pieces and placed them in various places, getting people to think.

After the tour, Lana and I went to the Carmel Market. It was a typical market with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. They also had a wide variety of sweets. We couldn't resist and bought a pistachio roll covered with shredded carrot, an almond one the same, and a square of cheesecake inside the same shredded carrot.

A man sold me 4 small bagette type rolls and a larger flat loaf of bread that he swore were what free, for 10 shekels. He said he was tired and wanted to go home. They were not wheat free!!

The sand on the beach is like icing sugar, it is so soft and white.

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