Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hi, I just wanted to put in some of the pictures from our trip to Israel. Was a great experience. Meeting with Professor Peled's group and exchanges with the team on EnStorage lead by Arnon was a pleasure. We need a far greater exchange of pure science in order to come up with an ultimate solution (this is all I can say in this open blog). Best restaurant in Tel Aviv according to me was Tandoor, this is opposite to the Cinema Hotel. The restaurant serves North Indian fare with flare and style. We ate a lot and could not eat the following day till noon time. Renting a car was a good decision. Driving in Israel is very easy, however remember to bring a detailed map. We had a gps but this was not useful in several places, especially near Jerusalem. Stayed in the very historic King David Hotel, actually both of them. The new one is called the King David Citadel Hotel and the old one bears the tradition king David Hotel name. I was surprised at how small the old historic King David Hotel was. This hotel must have the maximum number of VVIP's in its list of patrons. Almost all US Presidents dating back to Eisenhower have stayed here. Jerusalem is sublime and well worth the time and money. For a Pagan it is also most interesting place. I spent a lot of time in the Jewish section especially the wailing wall. Also the trip along the via dela Rosa is a must ending in the Church of the Holy Sepulcur.
Dead sea is an amazing place, just 45 minutes from Jerusalem. The landscape change is so amazing that you feel that you are in a different planet. Workshop was extremely well organized by Yair Ein-Eli and Youssi Diamond. Even the minutest detail was taken care of. It was hot (110 F) but the views of the sea and the landscape around more than compensated for the heat. All the talks were of high quality including I hope mine. Visited the dead sea. See picture below, I may regret this some day.