Unfortunately I have passed on my cold to my husband. We were both feeling the effects this morning. We have spent days wondering what effect today's big bike race will have on transportation. Alexis and Rob used the same taxi driver we used to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for their return trip to the Tel Aviv airport this morning. The driver was very nervous about which roads would be closed off and at what time. So they ended up leaving an hour early and spending 4 hours at the airport. Family time is over until we see them in Amsterdam at the very end of the trip.
The race starts at the Jaffa Gate in front of the old city. The trams around the area close down around noon. Our first plan was to see the Muslim Quarter and the Damascus Gate. We would not have enough time we decided and the area would be too crowded. The local paper reported 10,000 spectators would attend. This is one of the most prestigious road cycling races in the world. Racers complained that that was far fewer then show up when the race is in Europe where crowds of 1.5 million are common. "Israelis don't understand the enormous impact of this race." And we have a view from the balcony of our 4th floor apartment. True, it is at a distance. I will start with those photos and then go back to this morning. This is the view from our balcony - the lens I am using is a 14-150. It is pretty much between 100-150 in the close ups and highly cropped.
Back to this morning. After the kids left, we walked to the market to pick up a few things we needed. We have one more full day here on Saturday. But, since it is the Sabbath, the trams will not be running. We will have to do something local - and do laundry. The flag below is in our neighbor belows balcony. Lot's of private homes have flags.