Tel Aviv Tour

Shabat, 20 January, we are picked up at 9:00 by a tour guide Moshe Frank.  We started in our neighborhood of Old North Tel Aviv and drove to the New North, a community of many modern mid-rise apartment buildings as well as the University of Tel Aviv and many museums.  We then headed south to Tel Aviv City Hall to view the simple memorial to Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated there in 1995.


Rabin Memorial.

The square surrounding city hall is now Rabin square.

We continued south driving by the main library, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the New Israeli Opera and Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.  Moshe told us about Sarona which is a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv, originally a German Templar Colony. The site sits at the heart of what is a new central business district of the city, with offices and apartments surrounding the beautifully landscaped complex, in which 33 original Templar buildings dating up to more than 140 years, have been restored, and today house boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Opened in early 2014, Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots. We had visited this area and wrote a little about it in our last post, “Out & about in TLV”.  This is where Sandy bought her Union Jack shoes.

Our next destination was Neve Tzedek where we parked and walked for the rest of the tour.  This neighborhood is located in southwest Tel Aviv and was established in 1887.

Jim & Moshe
Moshe explaining a mosaic which depicts important people in the founding of Neve Tzedek.

It was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the old port city of Jaffa.  Today it is being restored and has become a very avant garde, artsy community.

Art gallery in Neve Tzedek
Art gallery in Neve Tzedek.
One of the better restored homes.
Some areas still need restoration.

We ambled the quaint narrow streets and then walked along the seaside promenade boardwalk to Jaffa or Yafo which is the oldest part of Tel Aviv.  An ancient port city, it is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and St. Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus.

The old port of Jaffa
Jerusalem gate
Jerusalem Gate entrance to Jaffa.

Jaffa is also famous in Israel for a sweet, almost seedless orange.  Interestingly Jaffa is also a slang term for an impotent or infertile (hence seedless) male.

Floating Jaffa orange tree.

We wandered up and down the narrow pedestrian only streets of the old city and went to a park which had a beautiful view looking north to Tel Aviv.

Entrance to the “streets” of Jaffa.



New Tel Aviv from old Jaffa.

We ended the tour by walking through the flea market section of the city which was closed on Shabat.  We will return some day when it is open.

The remains of old Jaffa Town Hall at the entrance to the flea market district.

12 responses to “Tel Aviv Tour”

  1. So enjoying this history lesson through your eyes and photos….thank you Jim and Sandy for taking us along on your journey… is amazing.
    Will have to put “The Lemon Tree” on my book-reading list…thank you Sandy!

    Look forward to continued adventures….xoxo

  2. Fantastic tour. Loved seeing and learning about the old and the new. It is delightful reading and viewing the photos, especially you both holding up the swinging work of art!

  3. Audrey O’Connor Avatar
    Audrey O’Connor

    So glad you guys are doing some quality shopping!! I think you are releasing your inner Audrey (and perhaps Rebecca?!)…

    1. Yes and if we keep it up we may end up living on your Murphy beds Thank you.

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  4. Very informative post!
    Really enjoyed as Israel is on top of r list of places to c!
    Looking forward to more of ur adventures… ur dreams come true !
    How wonderful!!!
    We r in Florida now enjoying much better weather than at home!
    Enjoy! & thx for sharing wt us.
    💖Linda & Lenny

  5. Dear Sandy and Jim,
    You are certainly living every retiree’s dream. Good for you. Neither of you look old enough for retirement.
    Whatever you are doing, Keep it up and keep up this great blog.
    With much love and admiration,

    1. Thanks Ruth we were happy also to get a reply from Lucy which gave us great hope that someday she will go home to Brewster. I trust you are some place warm.

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  7. Wonderful! Thank you. Lucy

  8. Wow! It’s beaut there….. so glad you sending updates…… wish I could come and visit….. It would be awesome…… Love yall

  9. I love the blending of the new and the old. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

    1. Hi Kathy thanks for your response. This is an amazing country and I am so happy to be here to experience all it has to offer. It is hard to describe other than to say it would be like living in NYC if it was a third world country, so ghetto but yet hip and alive at the same time. I do love our location which provides us not only great running routes but also boating opportunities. My sweep rowing couch has been trying to get me to scull and she will be shocked to find out I finally have in to it in Israel. Our first lesson is this Sunday so we will see. I am doing this to entice Jim into rowing and I think he will like this better than sweep rowing but my heart is still in an eight with my boat mates who I adore.

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