The old Tel-Aviv Shuk (market)
This is the entrance to the Old Tel-Aviv Shuk, or market. The sign says Shuk LaYirakot, which means Greens Market or Vegetable Market. The market was enclosed and had only one main entrance, this being it. Today the door is closed and locked and who knows who has the key, or if it even exists anymore. It is just a small forgotten corner of the past, locked away because it is not "useful" anymore.
The best folk music in town!
The Tel Aviv Folk Club presents an evening of live folk music.
Four different gigs in one evening
Folk, 60's, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Irish, etc.
(with a possible jam session at the end)
in an acoustic, friendly, intimate and non-smoky ambiance.
On the following dates for 2007:
(the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month).
7 Feb, 21 Feb
7 Mar, 21 Mar
11 Apr or 18 Apr (please check)
2 May, 16 May
6 June, 20 June
Summer break till Sep. 5, but there will be hoots in the park during the summer.
Admission: NIS 30
Place: Bikurei Ha'itim Building, 6 Heftman St., Tel Aviv.
For performing / more details, call Ariela: 03-68 37 441
Southern end of Ibn Gvirol, not far from London Ministores. Bikurei Ha'itim Building is facing the Mifal Hapayis Building. Sprinsak Street leads into Heftman Street.
My friends and I look forward to these evenings, as they are fun and with some entertainers, jokes abound.
The people who take part are amateur and professional musicians and singers from all walks of life.
Most of the songs are sung in English, but we do hear some Hebrew songs too.
We have heard Welsh songs and South African songs, etc. Occasionally we also have the chance to listen to visitors from abroad.
We had a harp player, and only then did I learn how versatile that instrument is, and really enjoyed listening to it. We have people playing all types of instruments, apart from the usual guitar, banjo etc. and I will never be able to name them all! A few I have never even seen before. That shows how varied the programs are here.
My photo shows artists from our last gig.
There are folk evenings each month near Karmiel and in Jerusalem. For info on the Karmiel Folk Club: 053-414 544
The next Winter Weekend will take place at Nof Ginosar in May 2007. Onsite Hotel Rooms
04-6700320. Onsite Pundak 04-6700311
Tel Aviv seafront; Hayarkon St
Tel Aviv seafront; busy, brash and colourful right down to the man-made beach. A haven for poseurs and designer sunglasses. It sums up what Tel Aviv is all about.
A few of us would sleep out of the beach and wake up freezing cold as mist rolled in from the sea in the early hours.
It was the funniest thing to watch all the keep-fitters come for their morning pose. Sometimes huge groups of "older generationals" (60+) would begin aerobics, flailing madly to an obscure 1960's sound track. As we sat up in our sleeping bags and blankets, muzzey headed, to begin shaking sand from our hair and ears, they would try so hard to ignore us. I guess we spoilt the view.
My favourite beach exercisers were the Tai-chi folk. At sunset and sunrise they came in ones and twos, to perform strange contortions against the horizon. It is spectacular to watch them silhouetted, as they piroutte in slow motion against the pink sky. Wading out to the wavebreakers ( rockline) and watching the sun come up after a hard nights drinking.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Tip
Sunrise in Old Jaffa.
Far in the distance you can see the slender tower of the Russian church. According to the Christian tradition the grave cavern under it belongs to Tabita who was raised from dead by Petrous.
Here is some information about...
Here is some information about the weather in Israël. I went in august, when a heatwave was there. The temperature in Tel Aviv was then about 38 degrees Celcius, this is not normal for the end of august, it should be between 28 and 35 degrees Celcius at this time. But I got used to it though. In Jerusalem it was 37 degrees Celcius at that time, in Tiberias about 35 degrees Celcius and at the Death Sea, there was a temperature of even 45 degrees Celcius! When it gets dark, it gets very cold in the dessert though! So watch out. You'd better take it easy at the hottest times of the day, which is between 11 am and 2 pm.