visit the beach and make the...
visit the beach and make the promenades along the outdoor cafees and restaurants, I dont know any city like this, and you get to like and learn to love it very fast. Among the best nightclubs in Israel, although Tel Aviv is like any other big european city when it comes to buildings, shopping and habits.
Tel-Aviv the "pink" house
This pink house is in an area of Tel-Aviv called Neve Tzedek, not too far from the Shuk HaCarmel. I should have asked to people living here why they painted "this particular" color. The pink combined with the blue doors makes it stand out even at night. You wil notice that there are no sidewalks here and a small area in front of the house had been made into a garden by adding some rocks to make a low wall and then adding some soil, a nice spot of green in an area otherwise devoid of exterior gardens.
Seven Mills walk
Within the Yarkon Park is the Seven Mills historical site. It consists of a series of milling stations along the river. Today there is little left or preserved, but if you follow the map to the various stations along the river it is a very plesant walk. Here you can see the signpost (sorry it is only in Hebrew here) and the map that accompanies it.
Tipping, Israeli point of view
I'm Israeli, living in a city which is a suburb of Tel-Aviv. This means I spend most of my evenings in Tel-Aviv and know it pretty well, so I was interested in looking at it from a tourist's point of view.
It's true most waiters in TA (and in Israel enerally) don't get paid and are expected to live off tips (or the equivalent of minimum wage if they don't reach it by tipping), but it's also a known fact that Israelis do leave tips, by age ranges:
teenagers (before their army service, e.g. up to 18) usually don't tip much (unless they work as waiters themselves).
students and soldiers, even though being poor, know (or remember) what it's like working in restaurants, and will therefore leave even up to 20% if they liked the service, and the necessary 10% if you were mean.
'older' people will usually be generous, but this varies. I never was an 'older person' so I can't tell for sure.
and another thing - larger groups tend to leave more money behind if they know their math. why is that? every person pays for himself, and rounds the sum up to include the tip. those round-ups will usually result in a 5-10% addition to your tip.
for conclusion, working in restaurants is one of the more worthwhile jobs for travellers... go for it! :)
Backpack! Light clothes! It is hot here! Maybe a sweater for in the evening, but then it will still be hot (in summer, anyway). Bring walking shoes and especially a pair of slippers! Loads of suncream, anti diarhoeapills and anti mosquitocream/spray!