We were quite ambitious with regard to what we thought we could see and visit from Tel Aviv. Given the fact that we were in Israel over the Christmas holidays, we wanted to visit Nazareth too. Unfortunately, we couldn't. We did make it to Haifa.
Haifa is famous for its Bahai gardens and it was what we most wanted to see and explore when we got there by train. We arrived in the city and walked to the site. But the gates were closed. It turns out, visits had to be booked in advance and on the day we arrived, tickets had long been out, as per one visitor we happened to stand next to while viewing the gardens from the outside.
At first we tried to enter from the ground level. Then we were told by a young security guard that we could take a bus to go up to the top entrance to the gardens. We did but it was there a young kind American student told us the procedure in visiting the Bahai Gardens.
We saw lots of upscale apartment buildings and condos here. Haifa looked rich and elegant to me. I liked it. Using our RAV Card, we took the bus to go down to the city center then had lunch in a mall. In a McDonald's to be exact. We didn't really see any other place to eat in and to save time, we just did. No problem!