2/24/13-2/27/13 I was able to get a morning jog in up and down the Tel Aviv coastline. Not exactly trail running, but the best I could do at the time. And some great scenery nonetheless.
1 One morning I headed out for a 7mi round-trip jog down to the beach and then south on the boardwalk. Here you see Jaffa in the distance. A port city dating back over three thousand years. I didn't pick that as a destination (or even know what it was at the time), I just decided to head South and see where I ended-up.
2 A local surf sport in Tel Aviv.
3 I ended-up making it to the outskirts of Jaffa. This is a historical site there on the outskirts of the port.
4 Quite a juxtaposition. Thousands of years old Jaffa in the foreground with modern Tel Aviv in the background.
5 A look from Jaffa port towards downtown Tel Aviv.
6 Looking North along the boardwalk to downtown.
7 Plaza area at the end of the main street where it hits the beach. A couple mornings later, I jogged down to the beach again and this time headed North.
8 There's about a mile of runnable soft sand in this area that I took advantage of. Here's a cool looking lifeguard tower along the way.
9 Beach volleyball Tel Aviv style. Too bad no one was playing.
10 An Olypmic size public pool right alongside the boardwalk.
11 The Tel Aviv marina area.
12 A look south along the marina.
13 Hebrew McDonald's. Some things never change. Note the name of the fattest hamburger they sell... the "Big America".
14 A view from the office with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. It's on the 28th floor in the heart of Tel Aviv.
15 Another view of the sprawling urban city. Tel Aviv is a dense, wealthy, hip, and non-religious city, that I would say feels somewhere between New York City and San Francisco.
16 The mezuzah on one of the doors in my hotel room. A mezusah is a parchment scroll with a particular mitzvah (Biblical commandment) on it inside a cylinder. Some are more ornate than others. They exist on the right-side frame, in the upper-third, of EVERY door in Israel. Not just the main entry door, but every single doorway!