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    the sculptures

    by mindcrime Written Feb 7, 2014

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    Raanana is tidy and clean with tree lined streets but also some sculptures here and there, most of them have a small plague but usually it is written in Hebrew and couldn’t make out what was it about, who was the sculptor etc

    But it was nice to take some pictures of them, not only during the day but also late in the evening on our way back from Jerusalem etc. Most nights were fresh with no cloud cover, or we were just tired and were heading to bed like robots :)

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    the town

    by mindcrime Written Feb 7, 2014

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    Although we stayed in Raanana for some days we didn’t really have the time to explore the town. Early in the morning we were taking the bus to other towns while late in the evening we were returning back home. But staying in Ra’anana was a pleasant surprise for us although we knew tourists don’t have anything to see here, it’s a pity we didn’t even make it to Ra’anana park which is the largest urban park in Sharon region, it houses a small zoo, a lake, a restaurant and has lots of paths.

    Raanana is very tidy and clean with numerous trees on the main streets and lot of green in general, no surprise many people choose to live here for high life quality.

    Ahuza street splits the town in two as it runs from east to west, bus #29 was very handy for us to move around on either side. We loved the peaceful districts, we had some lazy walks around, apart from the apartment blocks there are some interesting (expensive) houses most of them with their own garden etc I may be wrong but this was the only Israeli town we didn’t see any orthodox jew although later I read that there are about 100 synagogues!

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    The Open University Campus

    by iblatt Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    The campus of the Open University is an architectural masterpiece. It was conceived by the renowned Israeli architect Ada Carmi-Melamed, and inaugurated in 2004. It is well worth visiting.

    The basic architectural elements of the campus are a paved street which starts at the highest point of the site and courses down into the main plaza; and a green valley leading from the plaza to an amphitheater further down. There are three main buildings, and many interesting spaces in them and around them.

    The Open University campus is located in the north-eastern edge of Raanana, with a highway on one side and a residential neighborhood on the other side. Once within the campus walls, though, you feel you have entered a separate world, inspiring and full of treasures...

    The campus has an excellent book store ("Lamda"). There are many cultural events, including lectures, symposia, concerts and exhibitions.

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    Lake in the Raanana Park

    by iblatt Written Mar 24, 2012

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    Israel, with a constant water shortage, cannot boast many lakes in its municipal parks.
    The Raanana Park is lucky to have an artificial lake, and of course immediately upon its completion it became a focal point of attention and activity.

    You can simply sit on a bench on lie down on the lawn and absorb the view; or look at the swans while listening to a recording of "Swan Lake" (press a button on the pedestrian bridge over the lake). The lakeside cafe is always bustling with life (see Restaurant tip), and the lakeside gallery is another attraction (see separate Things to Do tip).

    A small motorboat goes round the lake (it is actually far too small for a motorboat trip, but children enjoy it nonetheless); for romantic couples there is a gondola and a gondoliere for rent.

    Whatever you choose to do, the Raanana Lake deserves a visit.

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    The Raanana Park

    by iblatt Updated Mar 24, 2012

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    The municipal park of Raanana has rightfully earned a reputation in the whole Sharon Valley region. It is large and spacious (in Israeli terms), diverse, clean and well maintained.

    Families, couples and groups and friends have a picnic on the lawns or rest in the shade under the trees; children have several playgrounds and an adventure park to choose from; there is also a miniature zoo with approximately 100 animals; children with disabilities have a specially designed playground suited to their special needs; young couples with babies in trolleys stroll along the main avenue; youngsters play soccer or volleyball in the sports grounds.

    One of the focal points of the park is the artificial lake (see separate tip) with its gallery and lakeside cafe.

    Parts of the park have been allocated to the "Garden of the Seven Kinds" (seven Biblical plant and fruit species of Israel) and to a garden of herbs and spices.

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    Gallery on the Lake

    by iblatt Updated Mar 24, 2012

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    A bit of culture in the Raanana Park:
    A round pavilion with glass walls houses the "Gallery on the Lake " ("Al Ha-Agam").

    The exhibitions are varied and interesting, and change once or twice a month. Painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts: all of these have their place in the gallery.

    When we do our walk around the park we like to make a stop in the gallery. It's always a stimulating break. The last exhibition we saw was dedicated to paintings of dancers; a previous show had the theme of modern decorative art inspired by Chinese philosophy.
    I forgot to mention one more thing: it's free!

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    Music and Art in Raanana

    by iblatt Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    The Music and Arts Center is home to the Raanana Symphonet Orchestra, which provides an interesting and varied concert program every year.
    Many other concerts and shows are also held in this hall, and there are always temporary exhibitions in the foyer.
    It's a medium-size hall with a warm and cosy atmosphere.
    When in Raanana, check what's on!

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    The Gadi Notes Park

    by iblatt Updated Oct 21, 2008

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    Gadi Notes Park, Raanana
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    Gadi Notes was a very gifted young man who was killed in the mysterious TWA plane crash. His parents, who live in Raanana, had this park built in his memory.

    This is one of my favorite places in Raanana, near the Music and Arts Center and the Municipal Sports Center. It is a calm and beautiful spot, with a rock fountain, lawns and a small waterway running though the park. On a quiet day or evening you can hear the water flowing, sit down and relax. And remember Gadi.

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