From as early as I can remember, I wanted to live in Tel-Aviv. As a kid growing up in Israel, you realize quickly that there's a "cool" factor attached to certain cities, and an "uncool" factor attached to others...
But as long as I was a kid in my parents home, I was to live where they decided to...
For a few years we were living in the "uncool" cities, and then for most of my teenage years we lived in a fairly "cool" one...
So what's so "cool" about Tel Aviv? Well, let me put it this way, this city is a combination of NY, L.A., and Paris all wrapped in to one.
It's the city that never sleeps, with the beaches that are always full, with a million little coffee shops, and little boutiques and shops; It's a city with many parks, doggy parks, and car parks; There are great high-rises where the wealthiest reside, and low shacks where the true urbanites and struggling artists live; There's magnificent boulevards like Ben-Gurion and Rothschild, and fantastic artsy, hip streets like Sheinkin, Bugrashov and Nahalat Binyamin; There's the quiet north of Tel Aviv, where the
And there's Jafa, or Yafo as we call it in our native tongue.
Yafo is part of Tel Aviv, it is a city connected to a city, and to be completely correct, one must call it Tel Aviv-Yafo and not just Tel Aviv. I am fortunate enough to be living in very close proximity to the heart of Yafo. It is always alive with people- tourists, surfers, beach-goers, market shoppers, and vendors. Walking in Yafo you get a mix of scents- the smell of fresh sea water, the smell of the fish from the old Yafo port, the smell of food from restaurants and street corner sellers, and the smell of fresh Turkish coffee from the little cafe's.
To me Yafo is a true gem!
Here is just a tiny little glimps at some of Tel Aviv-Yafo images. I promise more will come soon!
old South Tel Aviv
The American Colony neigbourhood
the old & rustic in South Tel Aviv
The coffee shops
Violin player at a street coffee shop
Yafo- the port