“Restorative. Liberating. Healing.” That’s how Arizona Facial Plastics owner Felicia Taghizadeh describes her recent trip to Israel. For 10 days in March, she traveled through Israel as part of a religious pilgrimage. Staying at Carmella Boutique Hotel by the Mediterranean Sea, Taghizadeh explored from Jaffa, a port city, to the Bahá’í Gardens, which she says were a must-see. Here are some of her Israel recommendations for when international travel is safe again.
This jewelry gallery has a secret underground room that was discovered during 2006 renovations. The original purpose of “The Mysterious Room,” as the gallery calls it, is not known, but it was an exciting place for Taghizadeh to visit. She relished the peek into Israel’s history.
At Bucke Cafe in Tel Aviv, customers receive trays they fill with an assortment of food – “a little bit of everything, where you really get to savor the flavor,” she says. Trays can include small plates of eggs, cucumber and tomato salad, baba ghanoush, bread, a bit of chicken or lamb, and labneh – which she describes as a thick, creamy Israeli yogurt.
Taghizadeh says the Bahá’í Gardens “are just gorgeous, really beautiful.” A popular tourist attraction in Israel, the gardens are located at Mount Carmel, by the Shrine of the Báb, and feature floral and landscaped arrangements as well as terraces for visitors to explore.