Tel Aviv, Take 2

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Tel Aviv is a completely different city when it’s not resting for the Shabat. We should have retraced our entire route from yesterday, but we were too lazy for a six-hour walk. It was hot and humid! So we went back to Dizengof Center, where I lost Steve to a music store. I explored some of the shops in the mall but even though things were pretty cheap, nothing really struck me, and we both left the mall empty handed.

From there we walked to Carmel Market. What a difference a day makes! This is a street lined with vendors of clothing on one end, and food on the other. Yesterday it was completely shuttered, but it was really hopping today. I really liked this market -- they even had things I would wear there (although I didn’t buy anything).
Veggie vendor at Carmel Market.
We didn’t escape the food area without making purchases though … too tempting! There were incredible-looking fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses…YUM! We made a few purchases for a picnic, and then headed off in search of a park for our lunch.

We ended up at a place we’ll just called Dog Park. One end had a fenced area full of frantic playing dogs, and for a minute it was just like being home, at Wicker Park’s dog run. The other end of the park had some shaded picnic tables, so we set up shop and had a very tasty lunch of cheese and tomato sandwiches. We didn’t stick around long after that, for fear the annoying flies would carry us off.     

From there, more wanderings in that area (which kept reminding me of New York) and then Steve went back to play at his music store and I walked back to the hotel.
They tasted as good as they look.
In the evening we went back to the hotel’s Club Room, even though we had positively vowed to not go there again. It was much better (I guess it had been greatly scaled down for Shabat), and we able to score a “free” hot dinner of soup, some pasta dish, and some other cheesy thing that couldn’t be identified. Not bad.

Tomorrow is our last day in Tel Aviv. I can’t say we went all out and really experienced the city. We were a little lazy here. Our big day of sightseeing was spoiled by the Shabat yesterday, and the humidity really slowed us down today. Even so, my impressions of the city are positive. The dated architecture and public art from the 1980s is a little sad and ugly, but the city seems to offer really nice cafes and shops, and the beach, with its terrific promenade, is something special. Steve, on the other hand, doesn’t like this place at all, saying it’s like “God threw up on the beach.” Anyway, it is what it is, and I am glad we made this stop. I look forward to a return to Israel someday to get a better look at what the country had to offer.
 
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Happiness is...
Happiness is...
Veggie vendor at Carmel Market.
Veggie vendor at Carmel Market.
They tasted as good as they look.
They tasted as good as they look.
Carmel Market entrance.
Carmel Market entrance.
Good stuff for sale at Carmel Mark…
Good stuff for sale at Carmel Mar…
Golden and delicious...
Golden and delicious...
Smoked fish for sale.
Smoked fish for sale.
Busy Carmel Market.
Busy Carmel Market.
Picnic fixins
Picnic fixin's
Our lunch venue.
Our lunch venue.
Surrounded by veggies.
Surrounded by veggies.
Tel Aviv
photo by: JulieFrenchi