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Misgad Gadol

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  • Day14

    Drained in Tel Aviv

    October 3, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Tel Aviv portrays a mixture of L.A. and Middle East and thus it's absolutely contrary to the cultural-religious Jerusalem. Since my hostel is located close to the beach, the rooftop terrace allows me an excellent view of the daily life at the boardwalk. Instead of dangling sidelocks people are wearing muscle shirts and patrol along the promenade with their fashion dogs. Even though Tel Aviv is called Hollywood's new sin city, has numerous of scene clubs and is promoted as party capital, just having a drink can already become quite expensive. Nevertheless, six to seven euros for a small beer is no usury due to a 25% taxation of alcohol. Although, I therefore spent most of my time on the dry dock, I reluctantly leave the fine sand beach and the summer-like weather and fly back to Vienna.Read more

  • Day146

    Familienbesuch in Tel Aviv

    January 26, 2020 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Obwohl wir es anders erwartet hatten, verlief die Einreise nach Israel ziemlich reibungslos und wir kommen pünktlich zum Beginn des Shabatts in Tel Aviv an. Was ist eigentlich Shabatt?! Eigentlich soll der Shabatt, der Freitagmittags beginnt und Samstags mit dem Sonnenuntergang endet, zum Ruhen genutzt werden. Um zum Beispiel Zeit mit der Familie zu verbringen, auf Fernsehen und Internet zu verzichten oder aber wie wir es erlebt haben sich schon Mittags so richtig die Kante zu geben 🍻🍾🍷🍸🍹🥃 In jedem noch so kleinen Imbiss läuft Musik und alle sitzen draußen und feiern den Beginn des Shabatts - Für uns, die so lange in muslimischen Ländern unterwegs waren, ein richtiger Kulturschock :D Hinzu kommt das genau heute in unserem Hostel ein Varieté-Abend stattfindet bei dem das ganze Hostel in eine Art Messe verwandelt wurde, mit zahlreichen kleinen Ständen und einigen richtig guten Show-Acts, welche in einer bunten Mischung aus Hebräisch, Englisch und Spanisch performen. Ein gelungener Start....
    Aber noch viel mehr haben wir uns gefreut am nächsten Tag meine Schwester Michelle und meinen Schwager Kai am Flughafen in Empfang zu nehmen ✈️ Unser erster Familienbesuch auf unserem Trip und es stellte sich heraus, dass der erste Abend in Tel Aviv nicht die letzte durchfeierte Nacht bleiben sollte 😝
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    Marlu Prinz

    Hallo ihr lieben. Ich hatte gerade überlegt, ob ich nach einem Foto fragen soll. Schon ist es da. Ich wünsche euch eine tolle Zeit mit wunderbaren Erinnerungsmomenten. Alles Liebe eure marlu. Viele Grüße an Michele und Kai

    1/27/20Reply
    Janina Lampe

    Danke Marlu! LG zurück von uns allen ❤️

    1/28/20Reply
     
  • Day14

    Hafenstadt Jaffa - Teil 3

    September 8, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Anschließend waren wir noch auf dem Carmel-Markt. Dieser Markt ist einer der größten Obst- und Gemüsemärkte in Tel Aviv.

    Hier gab es alles über Souvenirs, Kleidung und Beauty-Produkte bis hinzu frischem Obst, Gemüse, Gewürze und Sweets. Wir haben die verschiedenen Eindrücke erstmal auf uns wirken lassen.

    Am frühen Abend waren wir noch am Strand, baden im Mittelmeer. Die Sonne war bereits dabei unterzugehen und es ging ein angenehmer Wind. Von daher waren einige große Wellen dabei.

    Abends waren wir dann wieder in der Hafenstadt in einem Fischrestaurant: The old man and the sea. Zum Fisch gab es Pita und viele verschiedene Dips. Wir haben uns durch alles durchprobiert und der Magen hat nicht gestreikt. ;-)

    Viele Grüße
    Chris und Stephi
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    Robert und Caro

    Haben will 🤤

    9/9/19Reply
    Stephanie Bohm

    War sehr lecker. Aber hier sind die Lebenshaltungskosten schon hoch.

    9/9/19Reply
    Robert und Caro

    Wie, als wir in der Schweiz waren

    9/9/19Reply
    Thomas Bohm

    Möchte auch kosten

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  • Day18

    Old Jaffa

    February 19 in Israel ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Old Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in the world, dating back to at least the 15th century BCE. After all, this is the port where Jonah left before his ship ran into a storm, and he met with the proverbial whale.
    The 1st picture is the Jaffa clock tower that marks the center of Jaffa. While not impressive in itself, it began the movement in the Ottoman empire such that more than 100 similar clocks were built.
    The 2nd picture is the outer end of the seawall of the old port. The rocks are known as Andromeda's Rocks. To make a long story short, her father apparently upset Poseidon who sent a monster to get even. The only way to save Jaffa was to set his daughter Andromeda on the rocks naked. Eventually Perseus rescued Andromeda, killed the monster, and they lived happily ever after.
    The 3rd picture is the HaPisga garden at the top of Joppa hill. The 4th picture is the traditional home of Simon the Tanner where the apostle Peter had his dream about clean/unclean foods. The 5th picture is St. Peter's Church, named for that event.
    The old port in Jaffa is still active. It hosts a fleet of fisherman and a marina. Many of the port facilities are being renovated. The last picture looks along a portion of the old dock and warehouses as they now are. This has become a vibrant district.
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  • Day3

    Ein wenig die Stadt erkunden

    January 23, 2020 in Israel ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Nachdem wir ein paar Gewürzläden abgeklappert haben, sind wir in das Stadtteil Jaffa. Es war super schön dort, auch abends. Erinnerte ein wenig an Griechenland fande ich :)

    Morgen gehts mit dem Shuttle um 5:15 Uhr zum Flughafen, wieder ab nach Hause :)Read more

    Hi Pauline, superschöne Bilder! Kommt gut wieder heim - liebe Grüße von Kerstin

    1/26/20Reply
    Pauline Starke

    Danke dir Kerstin :)

    2/12/20Reply
     
  • Day13

    Auf in den Nahen Osten/Tel Aviv, Israel

    September 7, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Shabbat Shalom,
    so sagt man hier heute, da Shabbat (wöchentlicher Ruhetag von Freitag Abend bis Samstag Abend) ist. Wir sind in Tel Aviv angekommen.

    Das Shabbat ist, erfuhren wir sogleich am Flughafen, da nämlich die ÖPNV nicht fahren. Nach dem sparsamen Georgienurlaub sind wir, obwohl es auf dem Flug kostenloses Essen gab, auf dem Boden der Tatsachen angekommen. Nach 15minütiger Taxifahrt und knapp 175 Schekel (rd. 45 Euronen) leichter fanden wir uns im Florentin House wieder und bezogen unser Zimmer. Wir werden hier wohl auch recht sicher sein (siehe Bild).

    Der Empfang war herzlich (es gab Bier-aufs-Haus-Gutscheine). Wir also rein in die Flip Flops und auf zum ersten kurzen Spaziergang über die Strandpromenade und auf der Suche nach was Essbaren, sodass es für Stephi noch nicht allzu viel wird. Wenn alles gut läuft, können wir morgen unser Pensum wieder etwas steigern.

    Tel Aviv sei heiß und wild, sagt man. Ersteres können wir direkt bestätigen :)

    Beste Grüße
    Stephi&Chris
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    Robert und Caro

    Mit den Taxen dort zu fahren, raten die meisten auch ab. Das sollen alles Abzocker sein. :D

    9/8/19Reply
    Stephanie Bohm

    Das waren autorisierte Taxen und wir hatten keine andere Wahl. Aber glaub mir, ich fahre ab jetzt nur mit den Öffentlichen. :-)

    9/8/19Reply
    Robert und Caro

    Auch noch staatlich organisierte Abzocke 😂

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  • Day19

    Tel Aviv 1: At the Med

    February 20 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Tel Aviv is the 2nd largest city in Israel, after Jerusalem (when East Jerusalem is in included in the total). It is the economic and technological capital of the country. The name is officially Tel Aviv-Yafo. After the old city of Jaffa (see another post) was incorporated into Tel Aviv, the Hebrew rendering of Jaffa (Yafo) was included in the name.
    Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean coast. It is a new city, especially by the standards of this part of the world, having been founded in 1909 outside Jaffa. Today, Tel Aviv is a thriving, energetic, creative city.
    Given that TA is situated on the Mediterranean, it seems good to start there. Most of the seafront is beach with an adjacent esplanade. Even in February, there is activity along the water. The 1st 3 pictures are taken along the beach and capture a bit of the waterfront skyline.
    The 4th and 5th pictures are of the same sunset taken a few minutes apart. The orange sun went behind a cloud bank. When it reappeared below the clouds, the sun was deep red. This is the 1st time I've seen such a dramatic color change like this.
    There are some areas that aren't beachfront. One of those is the Tel Aviv marina in the last picture. This is a bit north of where the other picture were taken. A bit further north yet is the commercial port.
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  • Day20

    Tel Aviv 2

    February 21 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Tel Aviv is a relatively new city. Yes, Yafo, Jaffa, is old, really old, but the rest of TA only began to come into existence just over 100 years ago. While Jerusalem leans more religious in character, TA is far more secular in orientation. TA is known for its beaches, and rightly so, but there is more to this city than that.
    This post intends to introduce a bit of what's here that makes TA, TA.
    The 1st 2 picture are of historical significance to Israel. The 1st picture is Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion proclaimed the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. The building is currently under renovation. Just in front of the building, in the median of Rothschild Boulevard, is Founders Square, the fountain and monument to those most responsible for the creation of the nation.
    The 3rd picture is at Dizengoff Circus, a major traffic rotary and square in the middle of the city. This is the center of the so called White City. The rotary and its Fire and Water fountain anchor this area famous for Bauhaus architecture known for its simple white buildings with curved, undecorated surfaces, ribbon windows, etc. More than 4,000 buildings of this style were built here, and the White City of TA has been recognized by UNESCO.
    The 4th picture is in the museum in the home of Reuven Rubin, the artist whose work is displayed here. I was most taken by his work that reflects this city. The painting I chose to include here was painted to capture his sense of the 1st Passover after the creation of the state of Israel. The artist and his family are to the right. The others are Jewish people from many times and places represented in the new city. Especially interesting is his including at the far left of a figure that at least hints at a particular Jew from about 2,000 years ago. I'm told he hesitated to display this work at the time because of that, though ISTM that it makes sense of so much of history. I'll leave it at that.
    The 5th picture is in the Carmel (accent on the 2nd syllable in Hebrew for all you folks famliar with Putnam County) Market, a traditional market in TA. It is located at the edge of Neve Tsedek, said to be the oldest neighborhood in TA. The last picture is taken along a street in Neve Tsedek on Saturday afternoon, Shabbat. This is a neighborhood that has redeveloped into an area with lots of small shops and eateries, some but not all of which were open. Not many people on the street as typical for Shabbat, but the eateries were active.
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  • Day14

    Last Day - Caesarea, Jaffa, and Tel Avi

    May 9 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The morning’s first activity was a reminder that we’d soon be leaving, as we gathered for self-administered COVID tests.

    We then had about an hour drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea (named for Augustus Caesar). Off-shore we could see a natural gas distribution platform. The town is one of the richest in all of Israel, has the largest private residence in Israel, and the country’s only golf course. Originally a small fishing village, Herod - the same Jewish king who built the fortress at Masada - built an international seaside city, home to 50,000, complete with a hippodrome, docks, and palace, the remains of which we toured.

    We then headed to Tel Aviv, relatively new and the largest city in Israel with 3m people in the metro area and the hometown of our guide Moody (who - in one of his funniest lines - told us over dinner the night before that he views “Seinfeld” as a documentary). Jaffa - which we briefly explored on foot - was the old town that Tel Aviv absorbed and that was battled over during the 1947 war. With Tel Aviv’s wide and long beaches, beautiful weather, and explosion in tech companies, it is now the most expensive city in the world. Our hotel overlooked one stretch of beach and gave us a picture perfect view of sunset on our last night.

    Dinner for a small group of us was again at one of our best restaurants of the trip, Mashya. We told the waiter our budget and handed the reins to him for serving whatever he felt we might enjoy. The food - spread over 3+ hours - was beautiful, inventive, and delicious, and accompanied by Israeli wine. Our night cap was at a nearby superb cocktail lounge - The Imperial - hidden in a non-descript hotel.

    Early on day 14, I headed home.

    #aktravel #israel #telaviv #caesarea
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  • Day14

    Hafenstadt Jaffa - Teil 2

    September 8, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Während unser Tour sind wir auch an der Wishing Bridge vorbeigekommen und haben an unserem Sternzeichen gestanden, Richtung Meer gesehen und uns etwas gewünscht. :-)

    Die Stadt ist sehr schön und wir haben viele schöne Eindrücke gesammelt. Auch über den Flohmarkt in kleinen Gassen sind wir geschlendert (zusammen mit vielen anderen Touristen).Read more

    Thomas Bohm

    Wirklich wunderschön

    9/9/19Reply
     

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