Monday, February 23, 2009

A young city by the sea

Tel Aviv is 100 years old [the Jerusalemite snickers] .
I just came home from a weekend in Tel Aviv. The weather was the wildest this country has had all winter. Notice the palms all bending eastward in the 50mph wind.
In the photo above we are looking down Hayarkon Street, which runs along the seashore. Most of the big hotels and embassies are located there.
Nearer to the water, the Tayelet promenade parallels the sea for several kilometers, all the way to Jaffa (which you can see at the top of this photo, jutting into the sea). Because of the cold wind and rain, almost no one was strolling; quite rare for this popular place.
The old salt-water Gordon swimming pool is being rebuilt. Behind it is the marina.
When peace activist Abie Nathan died last year I posted a tribute to him. I was SO happy to find that the Tel Aviv Municipality had erected this plaque about him. Please click on the photo and read it. You press the button in the rocks and it broadcasts the words from the pirate peace ship radio station that we listened to 1973-1993: "This is the Voice of Peace broadcasting from somewhere in the Mediterranean." So cool!!
And look at this playground only for those over age 14. All the exercise equipment you would find in an expensive gym!
The best part of the city of Tel Aviv is the sea.
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With thanks to friend and relative Niva, who adores Tel Aviv, for her home hospitality and guided walking tours last weekend.
Blogger-guided tours around the world will be posted tonight at That's My World Tuesday.

31 comments:

Carver said...

Thank you for this tour of Tel Aviv. Great shots and I liked the variety of places you showed us on this tour.

Arija said...

Guided walking tours bu a local who loves living there are the best introduction to any place.
A very lovely post on Tel Aviv.

Sylvia K said...

Great tour and a great post! I, too, love the variety of places you've shown us. It's beautiful!

fishing guy said...

Dina: Beautiful photos from TelAviv, cities by the sea are so neat.

ewok1993 said...

thanks for the tour. very interesting and informative.

Reader Wil said...

You have taken us on a wonderful guided tour. Thank you. Tel Aviv looks like a great place. Have a nice week!

Jacob said...

I've always thought Tel Aviv to be a beautiful city...now you've helped me understand why...

One day I shall visit!

Babooshka said...

We do forget how young so many of our cities are around the world. We also forget just how beautiful they are are. That coastline alone is idylic.

Ruth said...

I visited the city for a week to attend a professional conference a long time ago! (1977) Thanks for reminding me about this lovely spot.

Kathiesbirds said...

What a beautiful place. How sad about Abie Nathan. Unfortunatley, I have never heard of him. That plaque is very nice. Has a new voice arisen to take his place? How I pray for peace in Israel!

Kris said...

Peaceful pirates? Who would have thought?

Lew said...

Age is relative. And in Israel, you have the ancient and the modern. Around the 200-th aniversary of the US independence, I was in Germany, having a beer brewed by a company in business for 1200 years. Puts my almost 69 years now in perspective! Beautiful shots of Tel Aviv!

Louise said...

I had no idea Tel Aviv was so young. That is amazing. Nice post. (As always!)

Cloudia said...

Dina: Thanks for this wonderful look at the City of Life.
It looks like Waikiki!
Aloha-

Indrani said...

Great glimpses of Tel Aviv!
Lovely post!

Gaelyn said...

Dina, this is a marvelous post and tour. The promanad is delightful, the sea takes my breath away, or is that the wind? LOL And so very nice to see the memorial. Thank you for sharing this young city by the sea.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the pattern in the walk way by the sea, great photos

Inkivääri said...

Beautiful area, so white and aerial:)

Catherine said...

Tel Aviv is more beautiful seeing from the seaside. Today, I understand its reputation.
I love the idea of sending Peace messages from the sea. Great tribute.
[I'm happy to see you again Dina on my blog. I've taken away the guest-book, I think that caused computer problems]

Dirk said...

Very nice pictures of Tel Aviv, thanks for the tour!

spacedlaw said...

It looks nice.

Susie of Arabia said...

Thanks for showing us TelAviv, Dina. I really enjoyed your photos and narrative. The Sea is really beautiful.

Jack and Joann said...

Thanks for sharing your world. Great photos.

Kristin said...

Bonjour, Dina,

I enjoyed visiting Tel Aviv "à travers vos yeux". (Hope I got the French right...!) Now to get the facts right: I hadn't realized how young this city is. I learned that... and so much more on this my first visit to chez vous. Merci!

Pietro said...

Dina, this is a fine tour of Tel Aviv. What a beautiful place it is! Good thing the Municipality put that plaque about the peace activist Abie Nathan. You have chosen great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Dick said...

Interesting tour, thank you.
The sea looks like ours but I bet ours is much colder?

Kay said...

This was a lot of fun, Dina! Thank you for this walking tour through your excellent camera work.

Leanne said...

Thanks for taking me back to Tel Aviv.

Marc said...

Nice and interesting report on Tel Aviv. that goes for your whole blog too really. Kind regards. Shalom!

Olga said...

Shalom Dina, thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words!.. Your Tel Aviv posts and photos are great - and I loved to learn about Abie Nathan plaque.

Sara said...

I enjoyed seeing these photos. in 1995 I walked along that Tayelet Promenade - it looks about the same. Except that little round building on the beach side of the promenade was not painted white before - back then it was the Hard Rock Cafe - is it still?

Sara