Thursday, July 08, 2010
A Biblical Scholar's First Impressions of Israel II: Jaffa
Jaffa is a beautiful place, and an ideal place to be in the late afternoon, early evening. There are cobbled streets in the old city, and great views of the sea. You can explore the place in a matter of hours, and then take time for some food, wine and conversation in a nice spot. We thought about eating at the harbour, but the restaurant owner there was aggressive and unhelpful and so we relocated to a perfect place in the old city, a French restaurant with a rooftop location and views of the sea. We had eaten an enormous lunch at a fine French restaurant called "Messi" in Tel Aviv earlier that day so I was not that hungry in the evening and just went for the fish soup. And it might just have been the best fish soup I have ever had. And we could hear the sounds of the wedding at the synagogue next door, with all the instruments and partying out in the street.
Photograph credit: Viola Goodacre