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My Trip To Israel: Tel Aviv

by Nellie

S U M M E R - 2 0 1 5Israel is stunning.

That was the first thing I thought as I walked outside the airport and onto the bus waiting for us. There were palm trees everywhere–it was “island” warm and I got a good vibe right away. The flight was 12 hours which would have been a lot easier for me to manage if I didn’t have a jerky elbow lady next to me–BUT I got to watch 3 recently released movies which was more than I have seen in the last year!

Since this was a work trip we began working as soon as I arrived to the hotel–like IN the hotel! It was  really cool because I finally got to meet my Israeli counterparts whom I loved even more in person. It was tough trying to operate like a normal person after jumping off a 12 hour flight but somehow we made it happen!IMG_5400

Tuesday was more work and we got brought to the office where were met literally hundreds of new people, it was crazy! Everyone spoke English so there weren’t any communication issues. After all that however my two amazing coworkers Nicole and Maya took me downtown for some Mexican (you guys know how much I love my Mexican!!) and to see the gorgeous Tel Aviv at night.

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Growing up with CNN when you hear the city name of Tel Aviv you think fighting, war, violence–it was the opposite. While I was in Israel there was fighting happening but it was mostly in Jerusalem which was about an hour away. Israel- Tel Aviv-9719

Tel Aviv was gorgeous. Even in the night time. The architecture was stunning and there were plenty of hangout spots with fountains that really reminded me of Bryant Park in NYC. There were museums and beautiful tree lined streets that made you feel as if you were on a movie set. The restaurant scene was on point too reminding me a bit of TriBeCa. Israel- Tel Aviv-9745

We walked for a few miles then we took a cab back. I almost wished I had taken video, like real video to show that not all of Israel is what everyone would like you to believe. It’s a really trip worthy place that deserves to be visited.

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Wednesday morning we had to pack up and go, we had 2 full days of fun in the sun waiting for us in the desert Vegas-like city of Eilat. Before I left however I got up a little early to go down to the beach and capture pictures of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel- Tel Aviv-9773 Israel- Tel Aviv-9770 Israel- Tel Aviv-9768

SAMSUNG CSC TelAviv-9764It was so breathtaking. I didn’t even go in the water (no time) but being so close was good enough. I really thought it was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen–until I saw Eilat.

Stay tuned for part two of my trip to Israel where I will share with you about the Flight to Eilat, how I felt about wearing my swimsuit in front of (ahem) coworkers, my amazing night in the desert and how I fell asleep on a bed in the middle of the ocean. 

Have you or would you ever visit Israel? What is the longest flight you have ever taken? What is the most beautiful beach you have ever seen?

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13 comments

Allie October 26, 2015 - 5:31 am

You are much braver then I am and I worried about you the entire time you were there!! It does look lovely and I’m sure it was quite an adventure but not sure I would ever go!!
Love the gorgeous pictures of the sea and looking forward to reading more!!

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Janine Huldie October 26, 2015 - 8:40 am

So far, your trip looked amazing and gorgeous! Now, I can’t wait to see you share more about your time in Eilat, too!! 😉

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Healing Mama October 26, 2015 - 9:32 am

What an amazing experience thanks for the pictures.

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Tamieka October 26, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Omg! Your pics are so beautiful!!

You are right-when I think of Tel Aviv all I think about is violence and fighting. I was so worried for you traveling there. Glad you are safe and enjoying it!!

My family is from the Caribbean so to me there is no beach more beautiful 😉

My flight to Hawaii was pretty long-i don’t remember the exact length though.

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Tamara October 26, 2015 - 4:08 pm

I can’t wait to hear about the swimsuit in front of coworkers deal! And you know.. the beauty of the beach.
My longest flight was only six hours. I’ve never done anything like this. At all.
I hope that changes.
Cassidy has been to Israel.

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Kita October 26, 2015 - 5:48 pm

The sea…yasss I know you had to work but glad you got some down time to enjoy the scenery. I can’t sit still for no 12 hrs I would go mad.

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Faith October 26, 2015 - 8:32 pm

I would love to visit someday! The longest flight I ever took was to Ghana, Africa. The most gorgeous beach I have to say was in Aruba!

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Coco October 26, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Wow! Fantastic! But going to Israel and having Mexican food your first night? That cracks me up!

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LaShawn October 26, 2015 - 11:29 pm

It’s so beautiful! i would love to visit someday. My church keeps going, i might go with them one year. Can’t wait to read part 2

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Quiana October 28, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Catching up on your posts and excited to see you had an amazing time! Can’t wait for Pt. 2.

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Leslie October 28, 2015 - 10:37 pm

I can’t imagine being on a plane for 12 hours! Flying to Europe for 6 hours was long enough. But what an adventure…your pictures are all so beautiful. I can’t wait to hear more about it!

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Elle October 31, 2015 - 7:14 pm

It looks beautiful there! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip and to see the beach photos from Eilat.

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My Trip To Israel: Eilat - Brooklyn Active Mama November 10, 2015 - 4:37 am

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