"My (former) adopted home town" Top 5 Page for this destination Tel Aviv-Yafo by leffe3

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Tel Aviv is a place once visited, never forgotten. I was priviliged to have lived here for more than five and a half years and continue to visit. A fantastic time, an amazing city (and country) and extraordinary people. I left in February 2003 - and I still miss it.

Many things are said about Tel Aviv in comparison to other Israeli cities. In Jerusalem they look after the stones, in Tel Aviv they look after the people. In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play.

It may not be the most beautiful of cities, but it is located on the coast with great beaches right in the centre of the city, has gained a reputation as a 24 hour party city and has the biggest concentration of International (Bauhaus) style architecture in the world. It is also very much the place where the east meets the west - the north of the city being very much the European: south Tel Aviv and the Florentine and Yemenite districts distinctly Middle Eastern.

It continues to be a city that re-invents itself. Not only in terms of the physical rejuvenation and new, stunningly designed (generally) new buildings, but a positive air, reflected by a city that values design - just check out the contents of the shops in Ben Yehuda (northern end - a street that was 'dowdy' and uninspiring only 12 months ago) and Dizengoff, as well as some of the back streets off Allenby, as well as the interior design of shops, cafes and restaurants.

  • Last visit to Tel Aviv-Yafo: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    What did you do for those five years?
    Very good tips.

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Great tips on Tel Aviv! Thanks for sharing them! Glad you enjoyed your stay in Israel, your adoptive country!

  • Dec 11, 2007 at 3:35 AM

    Yes, wonderful city. Been there in 2005, going back next Saturday, i am very excited! And unlike most people think, tel aviv is a VERY safe city. Even at night.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    enjoyed your ongoing examples of the good eye for a good pic you obviously have!enjoyed the tour around Tel Aviv thanks.(Too many movies on my trip home(?!)from Oz,then stayed up all night for 2 nights hooked on VT,got totally jetlagged and out of sync!

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2007 at 7:13 AM

    Your words reminds me all of a sudden of Don corlleone... LoL

  • sam-c's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2006 at 12:37 PM

    For the last two years I have lived near here, leaving soon

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 1:03 AM

    Don't remember reading your view of Shabbat in Tel Aviv before - but your tips are very informative and well-done.

  • Jul 3, 2006 at 2:29 PM

    I should rode this advice before. I ve been trapped 3 weeks ago.

  • dejavu2gb's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2006 at 6:26 AM

    Your pictures are fantastic!!! You are a very good photographer. I would so love to visit Israel one day... OH and the pic on your intro page of the boats...stunning!!

  • jmhenry1123's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2006 at 2:21 PM

    Great page, would love to visit Israel one day!

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