Two weeks ago I was in Tel Aviv, Israel to shoot a wedding but got to spend some time in this beautiful city. Tel Aviv is full of art, interesting and friendly people and best hummus in the world! I spent the day walking around Outdoor Craft Market, starts at Mogen David Square, on Allenby Street. Absolutely the best place to find unique handmade jewelry. You can also sit down for a coffee in one of the many organic café’s, but best bet is Loveat, great place to refresh with a lemonade.
When in Israel you simply can not NOT have hummus! Best hummus in Tel Aviv / Yafo is The Ali Karavan restaurant, opened in 1966. Known throughout Tel Aviv and Israel for its fresh and creamy humus. You might have to wait to get a seat but it is well worth it. The menu is very limited, only humus and pita, served with fresh onion and lemon juice. There is nothing quite like it.
Yafo is the southern oldest part of Tel Aviv. The ancient port city is beautiful and I always try to spend time there when I’m in Israel. Great view over Tel Aviv shore line and even though it’s a tourist trap I kind of like it. Excavations in Yafo have revealed walls and water conduits dating to the Iron Age, Hellenistic period, early Islamic period, Crusader period and Ottoman era and there’s still some digging being done. The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, a joint project of UCLA invites applications for its 2014 archaeological field school, so if you are into archaeology, I imagine this project must be like the best thing since sliced bread!
I just missed Purim this year, left on the morning the festivities started, but I anyway got to celebrate a little when the wedding I shoot was Purim-inspired!
I can honestly recommend anyone to visit Israel, and you really don’t have to be afraid. I always feel very safe when traveling there and people are very helpful and outgoing so it’s easy to make friends. I’m prod to call this my second country and very very happy that I’m already planning the trip back and finally my family in Israel will meet my children, Aaron and Levi, and my goy husband, thankfully named Daniel 😉
Love to my Israeli-family, Shir, Shani, Hila, Yonnie, Yossi and Rachel.
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