Memories of Israel – Jaffa

12 May

If you haven’t been to Israel before, I hope these posts of “Memories of Israel” spark your interest.  I have intentionally kept them wording-light and photo-rich, so please email me if you would like more details…

One of the best ways to spend a touristy afternoon in Tel Aviv, is to walk along the beach promenade to the old city of Jaffa.  (Pronounced Yafo in Hebrew.)

It is estimated that Jaffa was built and inhabited 4,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest port cities in the word.

Today, Jaffa is a unique mix of architecture (historical, crumbling, Mediterranean), culture (chic & fringe), and people (Muslims, Christians and Jews).

My favorite sites in Jaffa include, but are not limited to: the Al-Bahr Mosque (above)…

The Wishing Bridge (above), where all you have to do is touch your zodiac sign, look at the sea, make a wish and ABRACADABRA!

This beautiful floating tree, secretly tucked away between the winding alleyways…

The daring street art, galleries, and artist studios…

Oh and the FOOD (What did you expect?! Of course I’d talk about food)…

Two fantastic restaurants in Jaffa are the Container (which is also an art space and music bar) and Pua (pictured below, located in the middle of Jaffa’s famous flea market).

But E’s favorite place, and therefore, MY favorite place, is an off-the-beaten-path, hole in the wall, serving THE BEST Hummus I’ve had yet- Hummus Asli (Yefet St, Jaffa)

If you ever go to a hummus restauant in Israel, you should know that the only acceptable way to eat hummus is by wiping it straight off the plate with a piece of pita, as demonstrated by E.

And the rest of the 10 salads, hummus, tahina, and fish…

You can eat them any damn way you want.

But don’t skip dessert – you’ve got a long walk back to Tel Aviv.

And on a completely seperate note – I’m guessing that one of the only people who has read this post top to bottom is my beloved mumsy, so I’ll take this opportunity to tell you personally…on the internet…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAAMA!

(And Happy Mother’s Day in Korea)

Lavu Lavu Lavu Lavu

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9 Responses to “Memories of Israel – Jaffa”

  1. Shing May 13, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    As always, these are some great pictures! I want to go to Israel now! The food looks super yummy!!! Thanks for sharing.

    • akonrad May 13, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Shing, when I live there some day, you will get the special deluxe food tour. I promise!

  2. Amit Manna May 13, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    dudette, you’re quite the photographer – very artistic. awesome photos. and great restaurant recommendations (e.g. container)…you should write your own israel travel guidebook:)

    • akonrad May 13, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      Mannosh, let’s just pretend that I’m writing a travel guidebook and eat like we are reviewing every restaurant in Tel Aviv. Ah? Already you took me to a new Dizengoff favorite. mitgaagat.

  3. revoltingwoman August 1, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Very enjoyable insight into Israel, and you, good pictures. And your shots of Hanoi make me want to go there immediately. I love the tropical climate.

    • akonrad August 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      Thanks revoltingwoman. I hope you get to visit both locations, as they are incredibly unique and vibrant.

  4. amoonfull August 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    The art is amazing, the food looks delicious and the sight beautiful!

    • akonrad August 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks amoonfull- Israel really is an incredible place to visit. Hope you come by one day!

      • amoonfull August 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

        I truly hope so as well.

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