Breakfast at the Ibis City Center Hotel was except there was no bread and the cereal was enormous. We assumed that it may have been because the cereal had to be Kosher of Passover.
Mahane Yehuda Market
Our next stop was the Mahane Yehuda market. About half of the vendors were not open due to the Passover holiday. This was the macaroon man.
…. And the dried fruit stand…
… and the garlic shop…
… and the Halvah King
…and strange vegetables..
The result of the cartons that are discarded at the end of every day. This seemed like a very neat way of doing this. In the US I would think the cartons are just heaped up in a pile.
When the King was in elementary school in NY he was on a little league team with a group of friends… one of them was Harvey Goldstein. He was the catcher on the team and his father was the coach. The King played shortstop - good fielder, no hitter. I had not seen Harvey in over 50 years. He became a very well known bass player - changed his name to Harvey Brooks - and is on almost all of Bob Dylan's albums and on other big names as well. I had recently learned that he was living in Jerusalem and we made arrangements to meet for lunch. This proved to be difficult as we wandered around looking for a place to go that was open. We wound up at the Imbal, a 5-star hotel. We just sat in the lobby and had snacks.
Harvey was there because he married late in life to a woman - Bonnie - who had two girls who lived in Jerusalem. Bonnie is now his manager and she has produced a number of short videos on You Tube that have Harvey talking about the early days of Rock and Roll. They are quite good.
Whenever we are in Israel we always try to have dinner with Laura (and Jeff). Laura is the niece of a fraternity brother of mine that moved to Israel over 30 years ago and works as a sightseeing guide. We used to have dinner at her home with her family but they are now grown and are scattered all over Israel. We were to meet at the hotel lobby but they were late. I got an email from them saying they were in the lobby waiting. I realized that there is another Ibis hotel in the center of the city just on the other side of Jaffa Road. I left the Queen and ran over there. I thought there was only one way they could have walked to our Ibis Hotel but they were in fact at the other hotel and had decided to walk to ours but missed us in the street or we passed each other.
For dinner we walked to Dolphin Yam. This is a seafood restaurant and is very good.