Saturday morning we met a friend of Roy’s and his family at the Eretz Yisrael museum. Noah was very happy to be hanging out with a “big boy” — Arik’s son, Shachar, is 11 years old. This museum emphasizes the history & culture of Israel. The museum houses several exhibits surrounding a permanent archeological site and has a planetarium. We saw exhibits on the history of currency, the postal service, ancient glass, and working wine & oil presses. We saw the planetarium show (with key translation provided in a whisper by Arik’s wife, Shira. And we visited Tel Qasile, the excavation of an ancient port city, built over 3000 years ago. Its hard to reconcile the ruins that sit atop this hill in the north of Tel Aviv with its history as a port. But that was before the Yarkon river, which runs east-west in Tel Aviv, was contained (now it is possible to meander along a boardwalk). A couple of thousand years ago, the river would have overflowed its current banks and created a passage from the Med. Sea further inland. The first discoveries of these ruins were made over 60 years ago and excavations continued for 50 years.

olive oil press, eretz yisrael museum

olive oil press

what is more interesting to a 5-yr-old: 1000-yr-old ruins or playing with a log?

After we said our good-byes to our friends, we went back into central Tel Aviv for a late lunch. We strolled for a bit on the pedestrian median on Ben Gurion St., but Noah was really beginning to flag by this point, so we did what every other person in Tel Aviv was doing at that same moment – lunch at a cafe. Newly fortified, we made our way down Dizengoff St. to the Bauhaus Center, where Roy’s sister (aka Aunt Julie) volunteered a couple of years ago. We watched the powerpoint presentation that she helped create:

watching Aunt Julie's presentation (ignore the stack of chairs, that's not part of the design). Well done, Julie!

and took a guided audio tour of Bauhaus architecture in the area

more Bauhaus. that awning on the 1st balcony? blasphemous!

One suggestion for future planners of guided architectural tours: Perhaps it would be possible to pick architectural examples that are not mostly-to-completely hidden by trees and other foliage?

And the obligatory shots at the fountain at Dizengoff Circle. I believe I have some of myself here from my first trip to Israel 17 years ago. I’ll have to unearth them when we get back to Brooklyn.

Dancin' by the fountain