Showing posts with label Pictures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pictures. Show all posts

Friday, January 8, 2016

Melancholy Beautiful Tel Aviv Sunset

Vivid moody colors cover Tel Aviv's evening skyline - Are we seeing what the mood wants?

Sometimes we feel melancholy yet not sure why. But most times, melancholy comes clearly with real life experience. The last week in Tel Aviv, this is how we felt. A violent terrorism attack opened out week. Then a terrifying three day fruitless manhunt. Parent too fearful to send kids to school (some N. Tel Aviv neighborhood with 50% attendance). Security officials, searching aimlessly close to the incident, are as lost for words as long time residents. Tel Aviv, a city with pride in it's tolerance and modern ways, has turned into a hiding terrorist haven. Israel, a state with fluid transportation arteries, built to move millions easily, has turned into a security manhunt nightmare. So we take comfort in the beautiful colors of a sunset. And at least for this week, hope for quiet, peace and maybe a little understanding. Even if it comes from a place we have not expected (France & India, more on this at later posts).

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Rainbow over Israel

Incredible full rainbow after the rain, 1-Jan-2016
Israel is not exactly known for rainbows. There are simply not enough rainy days here. But once in a while we see this kind of rainbow and it's amazing. This is a picture nanny-Frankie got from her daughter. When I get a great picture it's always worth posting. Keep on shooting, once in a while we get one that everyone loves. Thanks Frankie!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Winter Tel Aviv Sunrise

Sunrise in North Tel Aviv / late December 2015 / (C) D-A Vider, 2015
Winter weather in Tel Aviv brings beautiful sunrises. Here is Frankie's latest picture from the balcony on Zabotinsky & Sokolov. Got to get up early these days to catch the sunrise. Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jaffa Skyline at Dusk

Jaffa skyline at dusk, a beautiful place with interesting people & places / @ DAVider 2015
Jaffa, the original city on the Israeli coast has been written about since biblical times. Today it's a mix of original residents, hip communities of artists and plenty of restaurants, cafes and clubs. From the Tel Aviv perspective, the skyline is classic. ENJOY!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sunset on Gordon Beach

Gordon beach #TelAviv at sunset - Sukkot vacation and warm weather keeps bathers out late / @ DAVider 2015

Gordon beach is a popular destination. It attracts a mix of families, boaters (kayak & wind surfing) and leisurely strollers. A good selection of bars, restaurants and hotels keeps people close by all day long. [see Tel Aviv's municipal beach page] This week, with the Sukkot school vacation and warm weather, is keeping Tel Aviv's beaches busy. Not as busy as the hot summer days, yet pleasant enough for a dip and great to stretch out on the sand. Half empty beaches are great when you need a bit of quiet and more space. Gordon beach is sometimes considered the prototypical Tel Aviv beach. ENJOY!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Frankie's September Moon

Moon rise over Tel Aviv & Ramat Gan, Frankie's Sept. picture @ DAVider 2015

Moon over Tel Aviv, looking east. Aviv tower in Bursa section, Ramat Gan at the right side (silver tubular building).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

With Jerry at Brasserie

With Jerry @ The Brasserie (see previous post)
I am usually at the other side of the camera. Here is a rare picture of me (with Jerry L.) last week


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ben Gurion Boulevard - End of Summer

Ben Gurion boulevard walkway on a hot summer afternoon

Tel Aviv is hot and quiet this time of year. Even the large shaded boulevards (Ben Gurion in this picture) are not attracting people in the early evening hours. When the temperatures run between 85 and 90 Deg. F, most residents prefer an air conditioned cafe to walking the shaded boulevards. While kids are off school and many workers are on vacation, you would think city streets should be full. But to the contrary, the streets seemed to have been emptied as by a magic spell.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

This Week's Pictures: Beach, Building & Job Search

Three pictures from a daily life in Tel Aviv...

New building almost finished at Ben Yehuda and Arlozorov. Last year 55 - 65 sqr-mtr apartments were selling for NIS 2MM

Taking advantage of the hot weather on the first week of September, beach-goers catch the last rays of 2015


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Frankie Nany's Monthly Moon Shot - June Moon

June is here with it's heat and clear skies. Once again Frankie Nanny is capturing a great big moon over north Tel Aviv skyline.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Northern Israel: Now its quiet and peaceful

Landscape in Northern Israel: Brown in summer and green in winter | (c) Ami Vider 2011
Life in politics and technology changes fast here in Israel. When attacks were coming from Lebanon up north, nobody wanted to go there. This was just before Iron Dome defense system protected the large rockets. This was even before a multitude of drones and cameras were used to detect launching of rockets and disable them after the first launch. Since them the northern border has been quiet. It is mostly due to the changes in politics in Lebanon, some of it the influence of the war in Syria. Strange how political winds change and so does everyday life. It is still quiet in northern Israel. The politicians were hoping for economic growth and tourism. That is not the way it looks today (mid 2014) while the war in Gaza is going on. But like anything else, time will change politics, and war memories will fade into the history books. Still, even a beautiful place does not feel happy when worries of security is in the back of our minds. Enjoy the pictures. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Pictures of Tel Aviv (March 2010): Port, Lights, Olive Flowers, Storm

Two previous picture posts [First] and [Second] on this blog

On a warm spring evening, as the sun dipped behind the horizon, Hilton hotel guests, mothers with strollers and small children and a few couples ended up at Independence park. Just north of the Hilton hotel, the park is a tiny piece of land on a cliff between the Hilton and the renovated Tel Aviv port. It overlooks Tel Aviv's beaches and the city from the highest point on the coast.

Azrieli tower complex (a round, triangle and square buildings) is one of Tel Aviv's most visible landscape. It stands by itself at the eastern border of the city just at the Ayalon highway. The Kaplan-Begin intersection outside Azrieli is one of Tel Aviv's busiest. The light flag faces the south and can be seen by drivers on the highway going north.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pictures of Tel Aviv Skyline, August 2009

North view of Tel Aviv skyline. Reading power station smokestack on the left. Phoenix tower on Tel Aviv - Givatayim border in the center. Aviv tower in Ramat Gan (Elite crossing) on the right.

One sign of Israel's economic growth is the city's skyline literally rising from year to year. Tel Aviv commercial and residential real estate values have been rising steadily over the years. With little open space in the city center, the only place to go is up. Old buildings are demolished to make space for taller new buildings. Tel Aviv has a few signature buildings like the Azrieli center (3 buildings pictured below). Many of the new buildings are designed in traditional modern styles. Glass, aluminum and some stone is used in high rise buildings. The use of new materials in high rise office buildings is a skill Tel Aviv architects are known for. The graph in the bottom is Tel Aviv stock exchange 15 Real Estate index (NADLAN15). Notice the rise, fall and again rise of the index the last five years.

A top view of Azrieli towers. One triangle (left), one round and one square. Top of the square building housed the hotel Crown Plaza. The complex sits at the Ayalon highway and has a train station for easy access
Tel Aviv Real Estate 15 Index. The last five years the index has risen, fell and is rising again since mid-2008. The real estate companies have not enjoyed the stability of the actual market in Tel Aviv.