If you forget to set your alarm at night then you can expect to oversleep a little in the morning. But if you oversleep on holiday on a day that you are due to return a rental car then the result is that you miss breakfast in the hotel because you have to meet the car return deadline. But in Tel Aviv that isn't necessarily a bad thing. After returning our rental car we simply went onto the beachfront and bought a delicious Israel breakfast looking at the Mediterranean Sea, with the distinctive outline of Jaffa along the coastline! What more could anyone ask for. :) It was so good we lingered for a second cup of coffee. :) The promenade was alive with people and there was even a string ensemble in one place, entertaining passers-by with classical music.
Eventually we decided we needed to do something more constructive with our day so we walked up to Hayarkon Street and caught a taxi to Beit Hatsufsot (the Museum of the Diaspora). For anyone visiting Israel there is no use getting into a taxi and asking them to take you to the Museum of the Diaspora. We have mentioned this place to people who were fluent in English and they haven't known what we were talking about. The moment I say "Beit Hatfutsot" they recognise it despite my poor pronunciation.
I had planned a visit to two museums today, but Beit Hatfutsot was so interesting that we stayed there much longer than planned, taking heaps of photos. I loved the replicas of Synagogues from around the world and the depictions of daily life in different parts of the world - all so similar in some ways, but with distinct cultural and artistic flavours from different countries.
Finally we both felt we had reached "information overload" and were happy to exit and find the coffee shop. Yay! They cater for coeliacs and had gluten-free options. We were also intrigued to be served by Minnie Mouse (or was it a relative of Minnie? - the ears had spots), a wizard walked by, and a werewolf came and drank coffee near us. It was a good reminder that it was Purim and we have since seen plenty of other people dressed up for the occasion. :)
We decided we had run too short of time to go anywhere else so it was a good opportunity to return to our hotel and catch up on mundane things like washing clothes.
Thinking about our trip so far I realise we have a problem. We are only getting through about half the things on my list for each day. Does this mean we have to save up for another trip to Israel one day?