Akiva Weiss, recognized as the founding father of Tel Aviv, had a vision that it would one day become Israel’s New York City. This booming economic, artistic and cultural center is proof positive that his prophecy has come to pass. Driving along its Mediterranean coastline, with cafes, palm trees and luxury hotels fronting sandy beaches, I saw soaring buildings that were not there when I visited two years ago, and new ones being built. Tel Aviv’s star is definitely on the rise.
Lounging on a private beach at Mozambique’s Indigo Bay is paradise. The weather is ideal - a soft breeze and not overly hot. The sun warms your body like a blanket. The turquoise Indian Ocean is so clear, you can see the underwater rocks far out into the water from the beach. The white sand feels like you are walking on talcum powder. There are no bugs. Perfect.