Our lodging for the night was the Dan Panorama in Haifa. The city is largely
built on a steep hillside leading down to the sea. The port is historically
important and is still the center of a significant amount of Israel's trade and
industrial activity. However, as our tour guide noted, in Israeli cities the
higher areas (such as where our hotel was) are generally more residential
upscale, while the lower area tend to be more industrial and working class.
If Tel Aviv is Israel's version of New York, Haifa is its San Francisco.
My morning jog allowed me to do a bit of exploration, but the hilly topography
and confusing streets dissuaded me from venturing too far. The hotel was more 1970's
era architecture, although the park across the street was fairly pleasant.