One of the places I really love in Tel Aviv is the old part of the city called Jaffa. I’ve posted about it already here but this time I was looking at it from another perspective. I was having a photo shoot there with my beautiful friend Sigal and while working I really felt like I traveled in time and got back to the time of Roman Empire. So if you’re ever near by you have to visit Jaffa and experience it by yourself. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures and read more about my experiences in Israel if you want to :).
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If you live or visit Tel Aviv any time soon you have to, just HAVE TO, go to the Lea Gottlieb exhibition at the Design Museum of Holon! It’s an amazing exhibition called “Lady of the Dasies” and it showcases the history of the famous brand Gotex that Lea founded in 1956. She said “I Like Making Something Out of Nothing” and believe me, she really did, her work is splendorous and fascinating. So I repeat, if you have a chance – run to check her work, I promise you won’t regret it.
One of the reasons why I love living in Tel Aviv is that there is an endless list of beautiful places I can do my photo shoots at. This time, I shot with Shiri at the amazing area of Neve Tzedek that is full of very nice stylish buildings, flowers and greens. I really enjoyed photographing there, thank you Tel Aviv for giving me such a wonderful scenery for my work! You can see more pictures here.
In one of the sunny winter days I went for a trip to Old Jaffa. I described this place a bit already in my previous post but there is one thing that really brought my attention this time. The old city is full of beautiful doors and gates. All locked, all mysterious. They all look like taken from fairy tales and makes you wonder about all the people that crossed them along all those long years. Some of them are so tiny that they look like they were made only for dwarfs while others are huge and remind you of doors from old castles.
The atmosphere of Jaffa is magical and you can feel it every minute you’re there. If you ever come to Tel-Aviv, Old Jaffa should be definitely number one on your “To See” list.
Just look at these doors, aren’t they from a different world?
Do you like vintage? I really do. I think that you can find wonderful things in vintage stores, things that you won’t find in regular shops, stuff that makes you look unique. Don’t understand me wrong, I’m not one of those people obsessed with vintage, wearing only clothes and shoes that came from the last decade but I do own some vintage things and I always get compliments wearing them.
If you live in Tel Aviv you definitely won’t have a problem finding places to buy vintage. Two of my favorites are the Vintage Market on Kikar Dizengoff and The Vintage Market inside Dizengoff Centre. Those two places offer a variety of vintage things like clothing, accessories, shoes, home stuff and more. If you are a vintage lover you should absolutely go there; also if you are a tourist and want to get some nice presents you should have a look at the designers’ stands that are located in the the vintage market in the Dizengoff mall. And if you don’t like it at all….well, maybe it’s a time to change your mind ;-)? Whoever you are and whatever style you prefer I ensure you that you will enjoy visiting both of those vintage-offering places.
One of the reasons why I like it here is the weather. Yes, the weather. I was born and raised in a cold country, where the winters are long and very cold and summers short and not always warm and sunny.
I love summer, I love sun, I love the sea and the beach. That’s why a few years ago I decided, that I will not live in a cold country for the rest of my life and that the weather affects me in so many ways that I have to take it into consideration while planning my future. You may think that the cold could not be a reason to move out of somewhere but believe me, for me it was. Not the only one of course, but a very important one.
These last days were wonderful, warm and sunny. I had the day off because of the Israeli elections so I went for a long walk along the sea shore. The beach was full of people, some of them were even swimming in the sea! You could see the happiness and joy on kids faces, couples resting on the sand and animals playing cheerfully. I loved that. This weather and the fact that sometimes there is more than 20 degrees in January compensates for the many hard days that I had here. If you have a chance to visit I would recommend you to do it soon, before the real summer starts and the heat will be difficult to stand…;-)
When I was thinking about my next post about Tel Aviv, I remembered that long time ago I wrote a short article about my first time in this city. While reading it after a long time I realized how much I was stunned by Israel when I came here for the first time and how much I wanted to come back here. So now, I think, I might be a little bit closer to finding the answer for the question from my first post – how did I end up living here?
The whole article was written is Spanish but I decided to translate a few parts of it and share them with you.
“All great loves and passions come unexpected; they change your life radically, enter without permission and usually stay forever. I’m sure you know very well what I’m talking about – who didn’t feel this way at least once? Who hasn’t suffered sleepless nights, days without eating, loss of focus caused by thinking about something or someone very special? Well, I’ve never expected that I will get completely amused and charmed by the city that I’ve knew practically nothing about until I was 21. Who would believe that the place that is shown on TV and other medias as a dangerous and not really tourist friendly will make me save every penny to go and see it again? If you told me that, I wouldn’t believe, but…one phone call started it all and changed my way of thinking about Israel forever.(…)
As soon as I landed I had this very special feeling that is difficult to describe. The air smelled of the sea and although I noticed very high humidity I wasn’t bothered at all. The airport was awesome, new and modern, opposite of what I’ve expected. The walls were full of paintings and postcards showing the country’s history. I felt great.(…)
Tel Aviv surprised me in every possible way. Beautiful beaches, nice architecture and tons of people everywhere. I was sure it’s going to be the best holiday ever. My first direction was Jaffa, the oldest part of the city. How much I loved it! Narrow streets with small houses, an old port and many restaurants and cafes with sea view – something unforgettable.(…)The famous Carmel market, located in the city center cannot be compared to any European market. I’ve never seen so many colors, smells, exotic fruits and vegetables, spices, jewelry and cosmetics at the same place in my life. Crowded, loud and crazy in a way but unforgettable. Being there one can enjoy Arabic food and fresh juices made from exotic fruits. Simple and delicious, exactly the way I like it. (…)
Few days a week there is also another market called “Flea Market” which is open from noon to midnight. You can buy there all kinds of handicrafts: clothes, necklaces and earrings, paintings and household items – all made by Israeli artists. In the evening concerts and various shows are held in the streets and the variety of what you can see and hear is pretty impressive.(…)
Besides all this, Tel Aviv never sleeps. It is full of bars, cafes, galleries, shops and nightclubs. Everyone can find something interesting there. No matter if you like art or music, if you prefer to eat in a fancy restaurant or in a traditional bar, or if you like laying on the beach or dancing until early morning hours…regardless of what you choose you’ll have a lot of fun and you won’t forget it for a long time.(…)”
Well, I wrote this a long time before I moved here. As you all know, reality is always a little bit different than experiencing something as a tourist but I have to say, that going back to the past and thinking about the moments that I was here only for a while made me want to discover all those small things that I liked about Tel Aviv again and enjoy those little details that I could see back then.
PS. Forgive me the quality of some of the pictures, they were taken few years ago with simple compact camera.