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We began our walk to Jaffa from Tel Aviv early in the morning. There's a beautiful promenade right along the beach that leads right to the main square of Jaffa. I was already feeling better. It felt great with the sun to our left and the sea to our right. When we entered Jaffa, it was like a trip back in time. Compared to the bustling city of Tel Aviv, the little village of Jaffa was so calm, so quiet. We walked through the main square, checking out the buildings, the churches, and the statues. We found the wishing bridge, and we both took the time to make a wish. All you have to do is find your zodiac sign on the bridge, touch it, look out over the sea, and make a wish.
Jaffa has been around since the early days of the bible. It's said the city was founded by Japeth, the son of Noah. Around 6000 years ago, the city was captured by the Egyptians, and there are some Egyptian ruins still intact in the city. This was neat to see knowing that we would be in Egypt in a few weeks! At one point, a large whale statue caught our eye. We discovered that this was in honor of the prophet Jonah, who set sail here before he was swallowed. Jaffa was the perfect place to spend a morning and an afternoon!