Schlagwort-Archiv: tel aviv

_MG_0730

Another day in Tel Aviv

It’s Monday, another day in Tel Aviv.

We had not set an alarm so that we slept late and had breakfast in the Roladin Café, which actually was not a breakfast anymore. After Israeli sandwiches and salad we threw ourselves on the green city bikes to take a look at the city again. After a small detour to a Square (which is btw awesomely ugly and boring) where they have all those posh designer shops we cycled to the beaches in the North of the city. Tel Aviv is a good city to hang out. You will feel relaxed the moment you make your first step into this city. And so we sat again on one of those beaches and watched the children play for some time.

IMG_0649

Back on the bikes we cycled along the beach promenade and then into the small lanes of Tel Aviv, where they have beautiful houses, sometimes with colorful decorations.

Our destination was the quarter of Florentin, which is supposedly the “Kreuzberg of Tel Aviv”. Since Tel Aviv is not too big and easy to orient, you can find your way through the alleys, without looking too often at a map. Sometimes this might cause you a little detour. But it’s the detours that make your trips more exciting. Florentin has beautiful coffee places, lots of shops for hipster clothes. Somewhat more distant from the hip cafés you will find some more alternative shops, felafel stores and fruit stalls. It’s a good area just to walk around, feel the spirit of the city and have a coffee to watch the people come and go (like we did).

From there we continued our way by feet. We wanted to go to Old Jaffa again, cos we heard it must really beautiful at night. And it is. But I would nor recommend to have dinner in the harbor. The food is good but the waiters are annoying. Nevertheless you should come and the the old houses Jaffa in the dark.

flattr this!

IMG_0520

They have sun in Tel Aviv

When you have a look at the map of Tel Aviv you think it is huge. But Tel Aviv is actually a rather small city where you can reach almost everything by feet. So we started our city exploration after breakfast by feet. First destination: The beach.

Although it was a hot and sunny day, there were not a lot of people on the beach. We wandered in the sand and took a rest in the sun. We realized just a few meters behind us there was a couple (?) dressed in their Purim costumes having sex. And I can tell they were not shy in letting everybody else knowing, what they were doing.

We did not watch the show until the end and continued our way along the beach and Shlomo Lahat Promenade to eventually turn left for HaCarmel Market. The hidden streets on the way to this everyday open market were tiny and quiet. HaCarmel market itself is a busy and crowded place. The market where you can get everything from fruits to gadgets is weaving along one narrow lane with some bolters into even smaller alleys. In those alleys one can find for example the meat bothes. The sellers are lingering in their shops between the red flesh, having a cigarette.

Just a stone throw away from HaCarmel is the Yemenite quarter with its old traditional houses, its beautiful tiny shops, lots of haberdashers and cafés. It’s an area where you sit down on one of the numerous wooden benches, have a coffee and watch people come and go. And so did we.

From Yemenite Quarter you can easily get back to the seaside. Along the shore we walked down until we reached Old Jaffa, which supposedly has the oldest harbour in the world and a very nice historic center. There are a lot of small shops selling antique staff, second hand furniture and clothes. You can also find a messy flea market and heaps of nice restaurants in Old Jaffa. We had some spritzer, olives and bread with dips in the sunny afternoon.

 

After that we visited HaPisga Garden, which is a nice place for walking around and feeling throw back centuries ago. Cos Old Jaffa is located relatively high you also have a great view over the city of Tel Aviv. At last we did a flying visit to the old harbour and made our way home back to Ido’s place by one of the free city bikes.

Back in the city centre we met Asaf and Ido again for dinner in an Arab restaurant. They invited us for arak, which is anise liquor (and I do not like anise). But the arak served in this restaurant was mixed with fresh ice and grapefruit juice that made it a tasteful pleasure.  Before we left the waiter came over to me with the words: Give me your hand! Give me your finger! I was so surprised that I just stretched my arm into his direction. The moment after I had a plastic ring on my finger flashing in rainbow colors. Kati got one as well.

Because I am afraid of getting an epileptic seizure I am not wearing the ring, but it will accompany me back home as a souvenir of Tel Aviv.

flattr this!

big oak tree at Habima

Arriving in Tel Aviv

After our flight had a three hours delay Kati and me finally arrived in Tel Aviv. The plane was flying over the Mediterranean Sea and made a long u-turn around Tel Aviv before it landed, so we could have a look at the landscape: It looks so beautiful and much more green than I thought.

Right at the airport we saw a lot of people in costumes. It’s Purim – the jewish carnival, or what the call it: The Jewish halloween. In Tel Aviv itself the streets were crowded with people in fancy dresses. There are lots of people in the street and you can see the different cultural and ethnic influences from the Arab Countries, Europe and the Jews. Some people wear traditional clothes, some are very modern, some girls are wearing short skirts and heels.

In the evening, after checking in to some hostel in the centre, we met my two Israeli friends at Habima Theatre Square, which is a very nice and modern place. “Right at the big oak tree” we were supposed to meet.

big oak tree at Habima

But actually there were two big oaks trees, but we finally were able to find each other. My Israeli friends Noa and Ido brought along their friend Asaf. We made our way from Habima Square along the very busy Rothschild street, which hosts a lot of restaurants and cafés. We had dinner in a small place called Benedict, where you can get breakfast all day. Together we decided on a travel plan: Tel Aviv. Jerusalem. Dead Sea. Then we will go on a trip to Ido’s parents in Galilei and see the spring flowers in the mountains. Then Kati and me will travel into the desert and Mitzpe Ramon.

After dinner it was time to sleep. The next morning we moved into Ido’s apartment, which is very pretty and has colorful flowers in front of the big windows. Right now we are having an Israeli Breakfast. And then we will explore the city by day.

flattr this!