Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sarona Park: Summer Music Memories

Fall came late this year. Up to mid-November Tel Aviv weather was unseasonably warm. Sarona park, the newly built shopping and eating commercial park on Kaplan street is attracting people with live events. Up to October local bands put on early evening (7 - 9 PM) concerts. I can't say these were Tel Aviv's finest performers. Yet the combination of a warm night, nice park setting and food all around in this part of town did the trick. The last days of September and early November a German style Oktoberfest turned out to be the last outdoor entertainment event.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sarona Market: Boutique Eateries and Shopping

Sarona market is a collection of tiny boutique shops and food stalls. Located at the rear of a newly built Sarona shopping center. The market itself is situated in the back of a park like development. This is another experiment in new Tel Aviv shopping and leisure development. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Autism Fund Raiser in Barby Tel Aviv

Israel's independent social services foundations take up the slack when the state can not support special needs. There are hundreds of foundations, especially for children with special needs. Luckily Israeli artists, especially performers, help in raising money and awareness for these kids. Last week a small foundation for parents with Autistic children put on a benefit concert. The concert at Barby Tel Aviv, one of the city's premier rock clubs was packed. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Haifa, an alternative to Tel Aviv?

Standup Surfing in Bat Galim beach Haifa. Slower lifestyle, quieter residential neighborhoods and affordable housing is luring Tel Avivians to north Israel. Haifa is one of the preferred destination © 2016 D-A Vider

Lifestyle and cost of living in Tel Aviv are compared to many European cities. Israel's central district (Gush Dan) has been on a growth spurt the last fifteen years. Most visitors who were here just a decade ago are amazed by the developments. But many Israelis are not happy. Housing prices are climbing steadily much faster than salaries. City centers (both Tel Aviv and surrounding suburbs) are crowded and noisy. The quaint Mediterranean beach cities, small communities hidden in sandy dunes, towns built in historical biblical locations and small agricultural settlements are gone. Simply put the last thirty years has turned central Israel from a quiet semi-rural land to a developed suburban sprawl. This is the lifestyle cost Israelis are paying for world leading economic success. When Israelis tell people about one of the most successful economies in the whole last century. Essentially creating a country from ideas and sand dunes. From colonial rule and antiquated laws to a modern fully functioning democratic republic - the personal cost is rarely mentioned. Yet this is the life in Israel.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Night Time Construction

Night time construction in Givatay'im. Old water & sewer pipes layed out 50 and 60 years ago were not designed for the population density and modern lifestyle. Some say a good problem to have © 2016 - D-A Vider
Israel's central region seems to be always under construction. When you look at the Tel Aviv, Petach Tiqva and Natanya skyline there are cranes somewhere all the time. A few months ago my street was cut with small ditches for new sewer and water pipes. Israel's strong economy and growing population is pushing construction everywhere, even in densely built suburbs.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Trip to Haifa

Bahai gardens surrounding the domed temple are an amazing example what can be done with gardening and attention to beauty, © 2016, D-A Vider
Haifa, Israel's third largest city is less than an hour by car. Haifa is probably Israel's least known tourists destination. The city has an image of an industrial center. Israel's largest sea port gives the shore and beaches a sense of not really ready for prime time sun bathing. But the city has upgraded it's beaches and even the locals are starting to make the place their destination.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On The Way to Jerusalem

A remainder to the 1948 siege on Jerusalem: steel plate armored truck on the road to Jerusalem @ D-A Vider 2016
The road to Jerusalem evokes different emotions in each of us. Christian pilgrims coming from thousands of miles away are excited to end a life long journey. Anticipating a life changing event as they enter the city. they will remember every detail vividly. Zionists, who heard stories told by and old man on the Burma road can hardly believe the small rusted trucks used to break the 1948 siege. On the 480 Egged bus from Tel Aviv, most of the riders are in their own little worlds. Tourists even on their own, are not seen on buses these days. Organized groups travel in their own buses. Individuals rent cars. If you want to see how Israelis travel take a public bus.