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Ponies In The Holy Land: Picspam Part 3

We took a brief excursion to Tel Aviv to visit a friend I'd met in Ravenna. Getting to Tel Aviv is easy; you just hop on a sherut, which is a shared taxi-van, and which costs about 23 sheqels to get between our hostel and the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv.

Some observations about Tel Aviv, which will no doubt make ns_tulkas giggle with delight:

1) There are too many central transit stations. There's the Old Central Bus Station, the New Central Bus Station, and some place called Arlozorov Terminal. This makes it extremely difficult to figure out where in the city you'll actually arrive, and therefore where people should meet you.

2) Midtown isn't much to look at, but it gets classier as you get toward the sea.

3) Jerusalem struck me as a Middle Eastern City, but Tel Aviv is Mediterranean. There's a different look and a different feel to the place. I'm glad I stopped in, even if only for a few hours. (We had a Shabbat dinner invitation in Jerusalem, and we had to get back before Jerusalem shut down for Shabbat. I'm told that Tel Aviv doesn't really shut down, but Jerusalem does.)

One of the things that's apparently quite common in Tel Aviv is Russian string ensembles. Some cities just have solo buskers, but Tel Aviv likes to go one step beyond. These guys were pretty good.



Mostly what we did in Tel Aviv was hang out with my friend and chat and catch up. As we slowly made our way to the sea, we passed this wonderful building. There's a clothing boutique on the ground floor, but the exterior is far more interesting:







We stopped off to take a look at the Suzanne Dellal Performing Arts Center.



Unfortunately, we weren't quite in time to see the Indian dancer performing in the courtyard, but we could hang out, listen to music, and watch the two little girls in pink practice kathak dance!



We also saw a cute little sticker outside a synagogue. The Cheerful Hasid is telling you to smile! And everything will be okay.



One more picspam, I think. Coming up . . . Masada and the Dead Sea.

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dawtheminstrel
May. 11th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Love the blue shutters and red door.
frenchpony
May. 11th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
That house was a definite highlight of the trip.
gwynhyffar
May. 12th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I love the blue and white. It's almost similar (kinda like but not really) to Greece. The architecture is interesting too. There are obvious influences from a lot of places. Of course, any place that has buskers is alright by me!
frenchpony
May. 12th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
It's almost similar (kinda like but not really) to Greece.

That's what I mean about it being a Mediterranean city. I've never been to Greece, but I could say the same thing about parts of Italy and Spain, and probably several other places as well. I was thinking, as I walked through Tel Aviv, that it could be any of a number of different select cities with the small change in the language of the street signs.
gwynhyffar
May. 12th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
The Suzanne Dellal Performing Arts Center looks like it could be in the Carribean or Florida.

I have to admit I'm a wee bit (enormously) jealous of your trip. Surrounded by SO MUCH history, the seat of holiness for a huge chunk of the world's population, and even amazing natural wonders. What a great trip!
frenchpony
May. 13th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Would you ever want to go to the digs they're doing around Jerusalem?
dot_o_choillmor
May. 12th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Me too on loving the house!
frenchpony
May. 12th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
The house was awesome! We spent quite a bit of time hanging out and admiring the house.
jelazakazone
May. 13th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
Beatiful. To me, it's the plants that hit home that it's a different place. Love the Hasid on the sticker:D
frenchpony
May. 13th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
All the palm trees! I guess that's why so many people are named Tamar.

The Hasid is adorable. We all had a good giggle about him.
elliska
May. 15th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
That is really what I expected of Tel Aviv. It is so much prettier than I would have expected. It does look very Mediterranean.
frenchpony
May. 16th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Had it not been for the signage in Hebrew, Tel Aviv would not have looked out of place in Italy. And my friend told me that she thought the same thing about Greece (I've never been to Greece, so I'll take her word for it.)
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