Tel Aviv is a very modern, western city. It is much more hedonistic and less religious then the rest of the country – but it also seems to be missing an ancient city center. In fact the name of the town is Tel Aviv-Yafo, its second part refering to the old town Jaffa being the germ cell of the city. Tel Aviv itself was built later on by settlers, dividing the land by plan to create a new town.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is wonderful art museum consisting of two buildings: the old museum from 1971 housing sponsored galleries and changing exhibitions (showing the views of different photographers on Israel and Palestine during my stay) and a fantastic new building with futuristic architecture.
A Tel Aviv-based coffee chain, ready to get you ready again for roaming this beautiful neighborhood. Get yourself a coffee and a croissant and look at the people passing by. The Sderot Rothschild includes the independence hall (where David Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of the state of Israel), a lot of bars and restaurants and a green alley to escape from the sun.
If you’re at the shore of Israel, you definitly need to taste some seafood. A very good place for this is the old harbour of Tel Aviv-Yafo. It has been transformed into an area with lots of restaurants and is very vivid in the evening hours. A nice restaurant is The White Pergola (Hasuka Halevana) at the old port basin.
The Hotel Melody in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel is a wonderful boutique hotel close to the Mediterranean Sea and the old harbour of Tel Aviv. It is in second row to the sea, half behind the Hilton Hotel and the Independence Park. A walk to the waterline lasts only five minutes, also a walk to Ben Gurion street for shopping or having a coffee is the same distance away.
The Ben Gurion airport close to Tel Aviv-Yafo is a very modern and good airport of medium size. It is connected by train to the city but most travellers might prefer rental cars instead. Arriving at TLV starts with a passport control that can last some minutes and includes some trivial questions about the planned stay.