ISRAEL - FALL 2014
This year we rented an apartment through AIRBNB. We had used VRBO the last time we were in Tel Aviv and that turned out to be the one with the killer cat. The problem was we rented late and there was not much available. This apartment was located in the same general area of the last apartment. It is in the south-central part of Tel Aviv and located one block from the beach. It is near the corner of Ben Yehuda and Borgashov which is trendy, popular area - although all of Tel Aviv is trendy and popular at the moment.
The entrance way to the apartment was not that attractive and when we first arrived we were a little disappointed since we thought this may be what the apartment looked like.
As is typical in Israel there are many cats in the entrance area of the apartment building. This is one that was up in the tree when we arrived. He managed to get down without the aid of the fire department or at least he was gone when we went out later.
This is the living/dining/kitchen room of the apartment. It was big and comfortable. The Internet was very good.
The bed was very comfortable. The owner was an ex-New Yorker and the picture on the wall was of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The toilet roll holder in the bathroom was designed to be used only by a contortionist. We had no idea how anyone could get to the toilet paper. For most of the stay we put the toilet paper on the floor where we could easily reach it.
This is the `balcony' of the apartment. Obviously, no one can use it for anything except drying clothes.
Last Year's Apartment
Eighteen months ago when we were in Jerusalem last we stayed at a very nice recently renovated apartment close to the old city and right off Jaffa Road. We tried to rent it again and this is what happened. [XXX]
This Year's Apartment
As it turned out our apartment was even better this year than last year. It was located in a courtyard off Jaffa Road. We knew exactly where it was since on our first trip to Israel we ate in one of the restaurants in the alley. The building that makes up the alley is the Feingold building that was built in 1895 and housed the first movie theater in Jerusalem.
The Queen walks down the alleyway of the apartment building. It did not rain.. the water is from them cleaning the sidewalk.
The apartment was on two floors with the living/dining/kitchen on the first floor.
The alley way where the apartment was located had some exposed electric and gas lines.
The view from our window looked into the apartment across the alleyway.