Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Zohara and I joined Nathalie, Gil, Andie and Aydin for a walking tour of old Yaffo. This section is today the artists quarters and a few restaurants and studios. There is also a place where you can take a course on "wine appreciation" (gee, I appreciate it without a course ;O))
Do this tour in Spring or Fall in cooler weather, or if you do it in summer, early morning before it gets too hot and muggy, climbing those stairs in hot weather is NOT for everyone.
This beautiful tree in a suspended planter greets you on the street, but you will have to "wander" to find it. These are not the streets of Chicago, straight and wide and at 90 degree angles to each other, here you find a winding warren of small streets, jutting off at strange angles, climbing or plunging to other levels and even some apparently ending with nowhere to go.
Old Yafo (Yaffo, Jaffa or any other spelling) can be a delightful surprise as you wander the small winding streets and pass "corners", around each you find something new and often unexpected. The first photo shows a door made of sculpted metal. The second shows a tree planter suspended above the street. The third photo shows the ruins of the Egyptian town of Yaffo. Even though Egypt is adjacent to Israel, I had not been aware that they had a settlement here in Yaffo. The fourth photo shows the mailbox for the Vatican embassy, yes they do not have their embassy in the usual large city where all the other embassies are located, but in a side street of old Yaffo. The last photo shows a window in an abandoned club or home (not sure which) done in tinted glass, wood and iron...
Fondest memory: In other words it is worth taking time just to explore.
This is the small museum located in the middle of Old Jaffa. It has a little archaeological site and some explainations about the history of Jaffa, that goes back to Greek mythology. Can't say that it is something very special but it is interesting.
Untill not so long ago admission used to be free but now it looks like this tip should be moved to the "Tourists Trap" section. Nowadays, for 10 minutes in the museum you'll have to pay 8 Shekels (about $2).
Fondest memory: Interesting information about Napoleon in Jaffa.
The port of Jaffa is the oldest still-operating port in the world and it has connections to both Bible and Greek mythology. In this place Jonah was swallowed by a whale, and remained there for three days and three nights, and Adromeda was saved by Perseus from the sea monster.
Walk around, it is old and it looks like this. Don't forget to take a picture of Tel Aviv, the port is the best spot to do so.
This Roman Catholic church was built over the ruins of Crusader Citadel and it has a very unique interior design. Its monastery was visited by Napoleon in 1799. Last renovated in 1903 it is still one of the most beauutiful churches in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Inside you'll find vaulted ceilings,stained glass windows and marble walls. Amazing!
You can visit St. Peter's Church between 8am -noon and 3pm-5pm everyday
Following the promenade you will see this map of Jaffa where they show you the history of Jaffa.
But the best is the great views of Tel Aviv from this point, so we could not resist the photo, and I have to say we waited until another group finished theirs LOL
This is my favourite part of Tel Aviv, maybe because it is similar to many little villages of the Mediterranean coast, maybe because its little streets are full of plants and flowers making you feel you are in one of the most romantic spots (specially if you are in good company ;-) ), maybe because it keeps its style, changing during the times as little as possible...
Maybe that?s why Jewish and Arabs live together as peaceful as possible here
Just go, walk.. and enjoy yourself.
Favorite thing: When you arrive in Yafo you can see a big statue of a whale. This statue is for the honour of Jonah, who started to travel in Yafo. During his travels he was swallowed by a whale (actualy it is a big fish).
Walking in the narrow streets of old Yafo is actually something you have to do when you're here. This quarter is also called 'artist's centre' because of the many artists who live here. Besides this there are a lot of small shops, bakery's and eating-houses.
What I also liked about these alleys were the street-signs. Not the ordinary signs such as we know. No, these signs were very artistic. Maybe created by the artists who live here.
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.
At the seaside at Old Jaffa the Yishuv monument is located.
It as a rembrance for the restorers of the Jewish Yishuv in Old Jaff at the beginning of the 19th century.
The statue of faith is made of these three parts:
-The sacrifice of Isaac
-The fall of Jericho
The statue is placed at the Old Jaffa hilltop.
The Sea Breeze monument is made by sculptor Andre Revesz.
It's located at he hill top of Old Jaffa.
Favorite thing: A walk along the beach or the promenade running the full 5 kms along the city beaches to Jaffa is a must.