The Lure of Old Jaffa - Part I

The Lure of Old Jaffa - Part I

It’s at this point that you’ll spy Daniel Kafri’s marvellous “Statue of Faith” - on it are carved three historic Biblical scenes - the binging of Isaac, the Fall of Jericho and Jacob’s Ladder.  Made from Galilee stone, and with a gate-like structure, it represents the “Gate of Entry” into the Promised Land, bringing to life stories of the three Patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... 

The Archaeological Find of the 20th Century? Israel's Dead Sea Scrolls

The Archaeological Find of the 20th Century?  Israel's Dead Sea Scrolls

The Scrolls are considered to be of extraordinary importance due to the tremendous insight they give us into Jewish society in Israel during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, as well as the origins of rabbinical Judaism.   Written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, they encompass a variety of subjects and literary styles.  They also include fragments of manuscripts from almost every book in the Hebrew Bible...

"Hoops for Kids" - Sport, Mentoring and Fun, All Rolled into One

"Hoops for Kids" -  Sport, Mentoring and Fun, All Rolled into One

The kids seem to love it though…and over the course of three hours rotate from one activity to another.  After basketball there’s lacrosse, then football (or soccer as the Yanks call it!), followed by banner-painting, bouncy castles and face-painting.  And, least I forget, volunteers are running popcorn and candy floss stands which are, of course, an enormous hit... 

Street Art, Florentin Style - Tel Aviv Graffiti in Pictures

Street Art, Florentin Style - Tel Aviv Graffiti in Pictures

Walking around Floretin, you'll notice how much of the artwork you see if painted on the gates and doors of businesses.  Most of the artists are anonymous but a trained eye can spot signature pieces, according to themes.  Edgy, creative and often very provocative, enjoy the wildlife, cubes and even Alice in Wonderland on your wanderings...

Trendy Galleries, Grungy Bars and Cheap Eats - Welcome to ‘Hipster’ Florentin

Trendy Galleries, Grungy Bars and Cheap Eats - Welcome to ‘Hipster’ Florentin

With its maze of one-way streets, public transport is scare, which makes Florentin a great place to explore on foot.  Don’t miss the fabulous Levinsky Market (selling spices, nuts, grains, olives etc, Anita - a legendary ice cream shop (think fig, halva and date flavours), complete with chandelier, and bespoke furniture stores...

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part IV: Jaffa

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part IV: Jaffa

Tucked away in a tiny, secluded courtyard, close to Jaffa’s famous Clock Tower, you’ll find this ‘garden wine bar.’  This is a real local’s place, that serves as a deli in the day (cheeses, pates, breads, olives, etc.) and a wine bar/food joint by night.  Great atmosphere, very laid back and an easy place to fall into conversation with other customers...

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part III: Florentin

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part III: Florentin

There’s some serious mixology going on at this bar, with owners Daniel and Ben offering a friendly yet intimate service to their patrons.  Every cocktail you’ll drink here is creatively made, and beautifully presented, and the Carribean decor (pineapples and palm trees) is great fun too!  Try the ‘Red Nose’  (gin, rum, clover bitters, hot chilli syrup and smoked paprika...)

Contemporary Design, a Stone's Throw from Tel Aviv

Contemporary Design, a Stone's Throw from Tel Aviv

The building itself was designed by Ron Arad, one of Israel’s most acclaimed architects and industrial designers and, in itself, is worth taking a look at.  Consiting of five sinuous bands of varying shades of weathered steel, they come together to form a ‘visual key.’  As Arad intended, they bring the visitors into the building, through it and then out, and the bands act as a cord...

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part II: Rothschild Boulevard and Around....

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part II: Rothschild Boulevard and Around....

This 1920’s-style ‘Speakeasy meets Great Gatsby’ is uber-hip, with the bar staff as well-dressed as they are expert at mixology.  Bellyboy Bar markets itself as a unique concept bar, with cocktails served in seashells and bathtubs (yes, I know it sounds bizarre but you have to see it to believe it!) and chasers served to guests out of a baby stroller that tours the lounge...

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part I: The 'Old North' and Dizengoff

Bar Hopping in Tel Aviv - Part I: The 'Old North' and Dizengoff

Located on 223 Dizengoff, this has got to be is one of the most stylish and atmospheric cocktail bars in the area.  With its jazz and swing background music, and waiters in suspenders and bow ties, it’s designed to look like a New York ‘Speakeasy’ during Prohibition Era.  Renown for its drinks, the professionally trained are all experts in ‘mixology...’