Home in the Holy Land Part 2: Tel Aviv

One of the first questions people ask me about my times in Israel is, “Which city do you love more: Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?”  That is the ultimate apples and oranges kind of question.  There really is no comparing Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  Jerusalem is teeming with history, ancient ruins, beautiful little synagogues, mosques, and churches.  Jerusalem is the holiest city in the world!  Tel Aviv is modern, the Miami or New York City of the Middle East.  Jerusalem has been around for thousands of years; Tel Aviv recently celebrated its centennial.  So how can you compare?  Don’t even try.

For the second half of our trip, we drove out of the hills and valleys of Jerusalem to the beachy, Mediterranean Tel Aviv.  It was so bittersweet for me to go back to TLV; I kept thinking of all my semester abroad loved ones, with memories around every corner.  But we made lots of new memories on this trip!  Photo diary #2 here we go!

DSC00508As we drove from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, Memorial Day ended and Independence Day began.  It is incredible to see a country go from observing its most somber day to celebrating the most joyous day!  After checking in at the hotel and drinking a lot of champagne, we headed out to dinner and then to fireworks in Rabin Square to ring in the holiday.

 Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.08.15 PMWe’ve lived in so many little apartments in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv over the years that I couldn’t believe when Daddy spotted our old Neve Tzedek villa before I did!

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.08.27 PMOne of my favorite spots in my favorite TLV neighborhood, Neve Tzedek

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.08.39 PMThis mural of famous Zionists and original settlers of Tel Aviv is one of our favorite spots, and the perfect place to take lots of pictures of my Zionist father!

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11149624_10152655629981571_1867934708761869696_oTel Aviv is a street art city!

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11154718_10152648187821571_4514387181953014568_oArt everywhere in Neve Tzedek

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.13.06 PMDid it for the ‘gram

11143247_10152655631016571_5666360893065545078_oUnlike Jerusalem, which is all Jerusalem stone buildings, Tel Aviv is full of Bauhaus/Art Deco architecture and bright colors.

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11787463_10152835364246571_644013332_nYummy fresh juices in Shuk HaNamal (the Port Market)
11751362_10152835364251571_534967240_nIsrael has the most fresh and delicious produce!

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Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.13.18 PMOn the windiest day ever, we drove to Caesarea National Park and sat outside.  It took me an hour to detangle my hair later!

11125215_10152835401341571_2016204868_nThe beautiful view from my room!

11721289_10152835359511571_1341395872_nEvery time we are in Israel, my sister and I each get a hair wrap at this Rasta place in Tel Aviv.  We keep them in for months as a little reminder of our trip!

10470848_10152649968766571_4516696348242934741_nMy aunt took this picture of me as we indulged in yet another ice coffee and pastry!

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DSC00944Our hotel was right at the end of the strip, closest to Yafo (Jaffa)

11787408_10152831568001571_575501470_nNothing says VIP like bottles of wine in your suite!

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Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.13.31 PMOn our last day, I had to get a frozen yogurt from Tamara.  My girlfriends and I loved this place when we were abroad!

11721265_10152835402831571_549025635_nOur hotel, The David InterContinental had the most gorgeous, massive pool!

10421512_10152654451621571_1463790782476315169_n (2)Our last sunset 😦

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.13.45 PMZionist Senior & Junior!  I had the best time, love you endlessly!!!

XX, Gabrielle

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