Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv

Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is vibrant and alive with buzzing culture, a beautiful sun-kissed Mediterranean promenade filled with sun worshipers in an unexpectedly modern city. With traffic gridlocks that would match that of London, its a good thing too that you have the equivalent of Boris bikes in Tel Aviv. This makes exploring a lot easier but we took to the sights on foot after parking the car. In about 5 years time you will be able to explore the whole of Israel on a bike with the proposed 100km national bike trail. The promenade is filled with skaters and runners, ice-cream touting kids on the block, cafes, restaurants, designer shops and night clubs, most of which are open 24 hours. Tel Aviv also seems to be a place where a lot of Israelis living out of town come for weekend entertainment and relation. The city also comes alive at night with party-loving Tel Avivans mingling in the coolest bars around town.

It was in one of the cool alfresco bars on the breezy promenade that I got to meet my boyfriend’s Israeli friends from his army regiment to get first hand recounts of funny army stories. Walking around Israel you will see a lot of soldiers and most as young as mid-late teens, so you can just imagine the teen hormones running riot and add that to an army setting with a group of naughty boys and you have a entertainment filled evening full of funny stories that will make you lose track of time. That is exactly what I had one evening surrounded by army men with many tales of time spent serving their country. Many of them have now finished their services with the army and adjusted to parenthood like pros. It was a real treat to hear stories of a younger Mr Awesome in this vibrant and energetic city with a crew he doesn’t see so much of these days as he now lives in London.

If you are planning on visiting Israel, Tel Aviv provides a great base for exploring other parts of the country. For much of our exploring we seemed to pass through it as we were in Shlomi, the north of Israel. Tel Aviv itself has great transportation but also great for links to other towns as you will find a train going to all major towns leaving from center of the capital. There is so much to see in the city, from Jaffa(Yafo) which can be reached on foot, to museums, bustling open market places and shopping malls which come with extra security at entrances, so don’t be surprised if they ask to search your bag before going in. It seems to be standard all around Israel. Tel Aviv is very diverse in its architecture and residents.

After listening in on the tales from in and round Tel Aviv, from friendly locals, we thought we could not visit Tel Aviv and not sample its delicious foods. That would almost be criminal! I was keen to try Israel’s version of humus and find out just what the fuss is about with this Middle-Eastern dish that causes Israelis and Lebanese to go at it yearly in the battle to claim this dish as their own. All in good fun though, as each competes in the Guinesse world record to make the largest humus dish. Lebanon current hold that title.  With rambling tummies, we set off to Yafo. This is the old port town of Tel Aviv and an Arabic quarter of Tel Aviv. The city’s name was changed to Tel Aviv-Yafo in 1950 to preserve its historical name of Jaffa(Hebrew for Yafo’s Arabic equivalent) as it has association with the biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah and Saint Peter. You will find beautiful flea markets selling antiques and touristy things, also cafes and restaurants with beautiful alfresco dine setting. With all the exploring we worked up quiet and appetite! A bonus to travelling with locals is being showed to the best spots for food. We, of course feasted through some of their favourite spots. If my pictures of the sights haven’t already got your searching for your next flight to Israel I thought some food shots are bound to speed up the inspiration to get you on that flight quickly. Enjoy!

PS. Please let me know if you have any questions about visiting Israel that you would like answered, as I will shortly be addressing some of the questions people have emailed me about.

Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv
Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv
Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv
Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv
Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv
Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv
Middle-Eastern Weekend |Tales From Tel Aviv

56 Comments

  1. June 13, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Great pictures. Wasn't how I pictured Tel-aviv looking! Thanks for sharing

  2. June 15, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    I love the way your photos go beyond the touristy stuff that we all see and imagine and get to the real heart of a place. Keep up the great work!

    • June 15, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you. Glad you appreciate the perceptive.

  3. June 15, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Love all your pictures! Especially the food! Yum!

    • June 15, 2014 / 10:01 pm

      Yeap! I would happily return for the food alone.

  4. June 15, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Those food shots are amazing, I am dying to dig into those plates! Tel Aviv looks like a very lively Mediterranean city.

    • June 15, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      I know! The plates were wiped clean right after taking the pictures! 😀

  5. June 15, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    A fascinating place… I would love to go for the food and the flea-markets alone! Gorgeous pictures B! 🙂

    • June 15, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you! I very much enjoyed exploring the flea markets and the food.

  6. June 16, 2014 / 1:12 am

    AGain, stunning images! The food photos are my favourites… *swoon!* Looks so yummy!

  7. June 16, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    Interesting – it looks very different from when I visited more than 30 years ago (but I suppose you could say the same of lots of places!)

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:07 pm

      I am sure it has. Even while I was there, there was still as lot of infrastructure building going on so when I return it will look totally different.

  8. June 16, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Beautiful photos! Tel Aviv looks like a beautiful city 🙂

  9. June 16, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    What amazes me about Tel Aviv is how modern it looks compared to other, far wealthier countries in the region, like Saudi Arabia.
    It was great that you were shown around by locals, what an authentic experience!

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:10 pm

      Yeah, your pictures of Saudi really shocked me. With all the money the country has I was really surprised to see the state some of the places are in.

  10. June 17, 2014 / 10:13 am

    Israel is on my places to visit for next year along with Jordan. Your photos have got me even more excited. Next year can't come sooner!

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      I havent been to Jordan yet but its on my list too. I am sure you will love both countries.

  11. June 17, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Wow! I always knew Israel is supposed to be beautiful but this was quite a surprise!! It looks like a European city, and I had expected something completely different!

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:15 pm

      Maybe that is their secret to keeping it to themselves because if everyone knew just how beautiful it it we would all be on the first flight out.

  12. June 17, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    Your blogging style is wonderful. It truly is like touring Tel Aviv right along with you. I love these little adventures you provide. Now if only I could reach in my monitor and grab some of that food…

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you! I really glad you are enjoying the reads :d

  13. June 17, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    Fascinating and beautiful pictures. Feels like being there already. Your pictures tell their own story. Great.

  14. June 17, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Great photos! I've been meaning to go to Tel-Aviv and look forward to any tips you have. I'm surprised at how European some of these buildings look. All the food looks delicious too. Yum yum.

  15. June 17, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I am loving your Israel posts Bianca. Such a refreshing change from the usual desert shots and harrowing tales of war and suffering. Not that it isn't true – but I am glad to see there is another side to the country. Tel Aviv looks great.

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you! You couldnt tell this place was ravaged by war. Re-built, modern and just great to visit.

  16. June 18, 2014 / 8:35 am

    I loved Israel when I was there, and I'd love to go back to Tel Aviv – I didn't feel like I had long enough there! Your photos are great 🙂

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:25 pm

      Nice! You should go back am sure it will have changed since the last time you were there.

  17. June 18, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Tel Aviv wasn't on my list before – I guess I just 'forgot' a bit about this place – but reading your story and seeing your pictures makes me want to go. Looking forward to reading more tips!

    • June 18, 2014 / 5:26 pm

      You definitely need to add to the list. The whole of Israel is just beautiful.

  18. June 18, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Great photos Bianca! Especially the ones of the humus 🙂

    • June 20, 2014 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks Cristina, I am sure you will love it when you visit.

  19. June 20, 2014 / 1:08 am

    Your pictures and story telling really bring a place to life! Such an enjoyable post. Love the old architecture!

  20. June 20, 2014 / 1:15 am

    Interesting account and lovely composition of pictures. The streets, food pictures are amazing. Gives me ichy feet to visit Tel Aviv now 🙂

    • June 20, 2014 / 2:49 pm

      I am prescribing the next flight to Tel Aviv. To be taken once this year! That should definitely sort out those itchy feet.

  21. June 20, 2014 / 9:14 am

    I love Tel Aviv, probably one of the best trips i ever had and seeing this makes me want to go back 😉

    • June 20, 2014 / 2:47 pm

      Me too. I really enjoyed exploring the country.

  22. June 20, 2014 / 10:13 am

    Nice selection for this photo tour. Another place I really don't know much about besides the occasional headline.

    • June 20, 2014 / 2:47 pm

      The headlines are enough to put anyone off but its simply a beautiful country and far from the crazy stuff you see on the TV.

  23. June 20, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Great post. Somehow I've never really considered Tel Aviv and/or Israel as a travel destination but somehow I've been hearing a lot about it and its supposed to be a great destination also for outdoor lovers…

    • June 23, 2014 / 12:37 am

      Thanks, It really is. Beautiful for both hiking, rock climbing and just lazying about on the beaches enjoying the sun 🙂

  24. June 21, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    Love your pictures as usual! Can't wait to visit Tel Aviv myself 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

    • June 23, 2014 / 12:36 am

      Thanks Ashley. I am sure you will love it when you visit.

  25. July 19, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    I pray for the people of the region. So much senseless bloodshed. It's such a difficult conflict to understand, much less take sides in.

  26. August 5, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I have wanted to visit Tel Aviv for some time and these photos have whetted my appetite – wow – what an amazing, cool city!

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