Did you know that......
Vatican embassy is located in Old Jaffa and it is very well hidden between the many narrow streets of the city?
I was actually surprised to find out that it isn't located in Jerusalem, which is known as the holy place for three religions including Christianity. I passed by for a few times and never saw the door open, neither I saw security guards or anything else that usually helps to recognize such an official place (especially in Israel). I even looked for some information on Internet to make sure that I wasn't mistaken. I wasn't!
So if you're walking through Old Jaffa and follow the path to the port through the streets of Zodiak you will see this tiny wooden door on your left.
Address: 1 Netiv Hamazalot, Old JaffaRelated to:
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The Old Cemetery on Trumpeldor Street
Old and quite neglected - but it is interesting to see the graves of people who have streets named after :-) such as Bialik - the national poet, Tchernichovsky - another famous poet Dizzengoff - the first Tel Aviv mayor and many other famous people - also some very old graves with strange inscriptions - open in the mornings - friday morning for sure
Sculpture on the Streets of Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has many fine sculptures outdoors. At one time there was a law that buildings over a certain size had to include artwork to a value of 1% of the building's cost. This is why many high rise buildings have sculptures in their forecourt. That law does not exist today. Also Meshulem Riklis donated $250,000 in 1989 to beautify Tel Aviv. 15 sculpters were chosen and each given $15,000 to make a sculpture, which were then put in different locations in the city.
The sculpture here is of Mordechai Schornstein by Kaele Ephraim Marcus. It was created in 1945. Schornstein had a zoo here until the 1970's (in fact I used to bring my kids here), and when it grew too large for this spot the animals were moved to Ramat Gan.
This statue is just outside the park of Gan Ha'ir, on Hadassa Street. The main entrance of Gan Ha'ir - a good class shopping centre is on Ibn Gvirol Street, next to the Tel Aviv municipality.Related to:
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Netanya is a city 30 kilometers North from Tel Aviv which is the capital of the Sharon plainWe came to Netania to catch several tourists who had to join our excursion to Galilee. It’s known by its numerous populations from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. It’s famous with its 14 kilometers of beaches which have made the city a very popular tourist resort.
We made only two stops there on our way to and from Galilee and I could watch this city out of a bus window.
You can watch my 5 min 03 sec HD Video Netania out of a bus window out of my Youtube channel.
St Peters Church
Its a Roman Catholic church and one of the nices churches in old Jaffa, Located up on a hill. althought there are more churches in Jaffa this is one of the nices one that i saw.
09:00 - 11:45 am
15:00 - 17:00 pm
A Pretty Spot and Monument
This monument commemorates the Battle of Kikar Hill on 21st December 1927. The waterfall is on the same spot and is dedicated to the late Haviv Ben-Shaanan, who grew up here. It was dedicated by his mother Sarah. On the other side is a tomb cave.
This area was settled from the 4th millenium onward by different ancient peoples, their remains, including Israelite settlement and monarchy periods have been brought to light in excavations conducted by the Museum of Antiquities of Tel-Aviv-Yafo Museum Haaretz. The tomb cave dates to the Judian period.
This site is adjacent to Shimon Hatarsi and Horkonus Streets - north Tel-Aviv, not far from the bridge crossing the Yakon at the end of Ibn Gvirol Street.
This place is frequented very regularly, every day - by cats!! Cat lovers look after the cats roaming around the area and have taken it upon themselves to feed them and have them spayed.
It is a pretty spot and next to it is a small park with a playground. I wonder if even the neighbours know the history of this spot.
Eretz Israel Museum
The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv includes many exhibition pavilions in the fields of Archaeology, Judaica, Ethnography, Material Culture and the Applied Arts of the Land of Israel, within a huge park. In the center of the park is an ancient mound, built up by thousands of years ago, with ongoing archaeological excavations. The Museum also has the "Man and His Work" Center, which includes various ancient and traditional works and an advanced Planetarium.
Address : 2, Haim Levanon Street,
Opening Hours : Sun, Mon, Tue, Wednesday, Thurs: 09:00 - 15:00
Fri, Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00
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Tel Aviv as an Icon in Architecture
During the 1930s the city of Tel Aviv was in a stage of rigorous development. Most of architects working in the new city at that time were of European background and brought with them the ideas of the modernist movement.
These architects were influenced by the works of Le Corbusier, Erich Mendelsohn and the Bauhaus School of Art and Design, raising a large number of buildings in the central area of Tel Aviv.
If you walk along the city of Tel Aviv, you can find those great buildings some open into the big city and some others just off the beaten path. It is like being in an open museum of great Architecture!
I have also found the Bauhaus Center of Tel Aviv, where besides modern objects, books, posters, etc... the people can also visit on-going exhibitions on the site.
The Center are managed by Dr. A. Ben-Shmuel and Dr. M. Gross.
BAUHAUS CENTER TEL AVIV
99, Dizengoff St. 64396 Tel Aviv. IsraelRelated to:
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pampering at SPA
Great SPA "Derech Haguf"
Once you walk through the door of this clinic which is located by the sea in Jaffa, you can be sure that you will feel totally different on your way out. 'Derech Haguf' specializes in the 'Ayurveda' method of treatment. Originated from the Puna district in India, this complex treatment offers you deep relaxation and detoxication for your body, mind and soul.
Address: 3 Menucha St. Jaffa
Web: www.bodycourse.comRelated to:
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Every last Saturday of the month, you can enjoy classical music concert in Immanuel Church. Just call them and ask for details.
15 Beer Hoffman St., Jafo (An alley from Eilat Street.)
Hassan Bek Mosque
The old mosque was built in 1916 by the emporer of Yafo those days called also Hassan Bek. For a while it was the border between old Yafo to the growing city of Tel Aviv.
During the independence war the Arab snipers used the mosque to harm the civils of Tel Aviv. A result of those hits was the conquer of Yafo by the Israeli army.
In the 60ies the old neighborhood where it was located was completely ruined to make place for a new businees district (the plan was a big failure). The mosque is one of the few survivors and today its a bit funny to see a mosque in the middle of some tall skyscrapers but you can get used to it.
During al-Aqsa Intifada the mosque was a center of Protests by the Israeli crowd that in some cases even got to violance.
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It may be part of Greater Tel Aviv, but as its on the other side of the Ayalon (main north/south freeway) it's off the beaten track as far as I am concerned :) (VT Sharon will kill me if she reads this).
Not an obvious place to head for as far as tourism is concerned, but you'll certainly see it. Ramat Gan is developing into a major business centre and any number of high-rise office blocks are appearing - including what was until recently the tallest building in the Middle East. As it sits aside the Ayalon, impossible to miss (and the buildings can be seen on the approach from the airport) and is lit up like a Christmas tree (!) at night. Some tourists may make use of the night time 'services' among the flash high rise as the oldest profession in the world trades alongside hi-tech and the newest professions.
And even among the hi-tec architecture and fancy new cafes and restaurants, you never get away from knowing you are in the Middle East - some of the best long established felafel and humus bars are to be found here.
A little known place, right on the border between Jaffa and Tel-Aviv. The area is quite small and completely surrounded by garages, but if you are looking for hidden, off the beaten path spots, this is the place for you. In order to get there go westeards on Eilat street, towards Jaffa and take a left at number 13. On the corner you'll see a wooden house. This house which is on the preservation list of the city is very unusual in Tel-Aviv and the entire country. Wooden houses are quite rare here, but if you follow the alley and walk around this place you will see some houses which seems like they were not belong here.
One of the major building here is the Emanuel Church which looks like a little piece in Germany in the middle of Tel-Aviv Yafo.Related to:
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Go and visit Ceasararea. It is very close to Tel Aviv and nice to see. It is an old roman harbourplace. Not much is left, but there still are some temples, statues and an arena to be seen! You can find more about this place in the travellogue on my Israëlpage!
Making new friends is always...
Making new friends is always the best of things! I met Shai at a chatroom, when I was chatting at home. I decided to him. Shai introduced me to other people he knew. So I met Noa and Liraz. Especially Liraz was a nice girl. In my TRAVELLOGUE on this page you can find some pics of the outing with the friends and you also can see pictures of the big anually expostion (a definite must see!)we went to all together.
On the picture: Shai and me at a statue in Ceasararea.
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