The White City

Tel Aviv, Israel -In 1910 66 jewish families left Jaffa and moved north along the beach and establish Tel Aviv. As you can see in the picture below the city has clearly grown since 1910.

The name, Tel Aviv comes from utopian novel written by Theodore Herzl founder of political zionism, called Autneulan. The book was translated to Hebrew by Nahum Sokolow as Tel Aviv. In English, the book is called The Old New Land. 

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View from our balcony

 

We were fortunate enough to be in Israel during Yom Hazikaron or Day of Remembrance which is followed by Independence Day. Israel was celebrating their 68th year of independence, the observance began on Tuesday May 10th and continued to Wednesday. On Tuesday night at 8:00pm a siren went off around the city and everyone stopped and held 2 minutes of silence remembering all those who have died. It was a powerful moment as runners stopped, mothers with strollers paused and the whole city grew quite. Sean and I do not have any pictures from this as we wanted to be in the moment but I will forever hold this memory close.

On Wednesday evening we attended the celebration that was held in Tel Aviv’s main square. A stage was set up and there were cultural dances, songs and of course fireworks.

 

The next day,  a flyover held to honor to occasion. The planes flew in over the coast line and proceeded to do flips and tricks. Everyone was cheering and snapping photos. The photos below were taking by a coworker of Sean’s from the embassy balcony.

 

One day I decided to explore the Skuk Ha’Carmel (Carmel Market). It has a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables among other goods.

 

Tel Aviv is known as the “White City”  because of the multiple Bauhaus  (also known as International) style buildings. Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of this style in the world and because of this was  Tel  designated a UNESCO world heritage.

I was lucky enough to find another walking tour that talked about the architecture in the city. I loved this tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling through Tel Aviv. I could write an entire blog on this tour but for time sake I will simply highlight a few of the building we talked about and give a quick overview of the style.

The majority of these buildings were built between the 1930s and the 1950s. Many Jewish architectural students went to Germany to learn from the masters of this style. However,  when the war began many moved back to Israel and brought this style with them

This style is all about utility so you can see in the pictures below, there is very little decoration on these building and if there is any it should serve a practical purpose. The  style emphasizes simple color and lines. It is also said that these buildings often look like ships.

 

 

 

A few final photos:

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