Ami Giz is quite a man. Bringing urban casual Isreali cool to deep knowledge of Isreal's history and the sites on and off the beaten path, Ami is a lot of fun to fur with. He is warm, friendly, and thoughtful and is perceived as such by both his tourists in tow, as well as his many friends and colleagues in the shops, museums and restaurants he knows so well.
Ami is unfailingly patient for those with a slower pace, but ready to set the pace for an ambitious agenda: After arriving at around 1100, Ami got us checked into our hotel early, proceeded to take us to Jaffa were we climbed through the old city seeing art, Judiaca, and old friends that welcomed everyone in his tow with warm smiles.
From there, we were not to miss Ceasaria. Despite the wether not cooperating, we huddled under an umbrella, saw a brilliant movie, and did walk the hippodrome, villa ruins, the magnificent mosaics of the public baths, and the aqueducts, before a hearty lunch at the Crusader Inn.
Knowing the owner and manager, we got the best assortment of Greek, Roman, Israeli, Lebanese and other mezzo plates of calimari, salmon, taramasalata, tahini, tsatziki, tomatoes, green olives,beets, and smoked cabbage, among others, Served with wonderful focaccia bread
The main course included - without question - the best t I have ever had. Slit into sections, dried and dredged in light olive oil, lightly slated and fried in olive oil produced moist, slightly smokey morsels of sweet fish on its on salted crisp of fish skin. Easy to eat, even for non fish lovers!
A Great Bonding Experience for a 53 year old dad and his 19 year old son. The night was capped by some beautiful (completely decadent with chocolate) French Hot chocolate and warm conversation form the Kentucky American transplant who, with his wife, make all forms of filled chocolates (Perlins and petit fours) another magical part of The Mount Carmel experience. . . .How could the day have ended better than with dessert with this gifted, kind, knowledgeable, and energetically enjoyable traveling companion and hospitable host.
Five stars for the Host, Five Stars for the Food, and Five Stars for his super-clean and luxorious Mercedes SUV. Many thanks!!!