coast of the lake
It is strange that one can just fly to Israel like this. It’s the same as if tickets to Eden were sold at the box office of the Belorussky station.
Although the one who has already been to the Middle East or at least to our own South, Israel is not impressive in the first minutes: well – in Tunisia we saw an Arab bazaar and abruptly; the brown marl under the feet is also familiar – according to Koktebel; exactly the same man-made garden-terraces with olive trees on the slopes of the mountains can be found in Greece; The Red Sea from the opposite, Egyptian side, will be more transparent than in Eilat, Tel Aviv does not make an impression after Abu Dhabi. No “Turkish delight” for you, no “Thousand and one nights” … A connoisseur of spicy oriental exoticism is too clean, decorous and expensive, although the prim European Eurocentr, on the contrary, is too homely and in a southern provincial (well, what’s it this, in fact, is a waiter in a hotel restaurant for the second time himself, without an invitation, shaking hands …) Continue reading
And yet it came, the day of departure to Moscow! But I really wanted to stay in Eilat, even for at least a week.
The first minutes after arriving at this Israeli resort are somewhat reminiscent of a contrast shower: cold – hot, cold – hot. Cold (relatively cool cabin of the airbus) – hot (heated air of the runway) – cold (air-conditioned interior of a comfortable bus) – hot (short run from the bus step to the hotel door) – cold (phew, again – air conditioning, cool …).
The pianist in the lobby rapturously raises “Black Eyes” and “Kalinka.” Yes, thoroughly prepared for the arrival of guests from Russia in Eilat. And they decided to show our group, composed of Moscow journalists and employees of the travel agency “INTERGARANT”, as they say, “goods face.” Continue reading
Deserts make up most of Israel, but witty people call their state the land of four seas. Why go to Israel is a rhetorical question: everyone is looking for his own.
“Where are you going? They shoot there!” – we discouraged one friend from a trip to Israel. The conversation took place in October 2000, when the political situation in the Middle East sharply worsened and it seemed that a war was about to begin. But a friend was not timid. She went to Israel every year, for five years in a row, and was not going to change her habit. There is a category of people (nationality does not play a role here): once having visited Israel, they become fans of this country. The threats of terrorist attacks do not scare them – on the contrary, this is included in the price of the permit, increases adrenaline. Continue reading