Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tel Aviv

The Diaghilev, LIVE ART Boutique Hotel 

This is where I stayed in Tel Aviv. On Mazeh street. Great name, right? Mazeh means "what's this" in Hebrew! 
The hotel was lovely - artsy, spacious, clean, the people working there were friendly and helpful. 

A few more pics of Tel Aviv before I leave for Jerusalem:

Modern and tropical.  Beautiful. Also went to the beach and saw a lovely sunset and had dinner by the water. 
Tel Aviv coast

But there is a grittier side to Tel Aviv too, filled with the reality of urban living. 

 These pictures are two views of the Tent City that remains in Tel Aviv, leftover from the 2011 Israeli social justice protest which, according to Wikipedia, "are a series of ongoing demonstrations in Israel beginning in July 2011 involving hundreds of thousands of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds opposing the continuing rise in the cost of living (particularly housing) and the deterioration of public services such as health and education. A common rallying cry at the demonstrations was the chant; "The people demand social justice!"."

There were still people in those tents as I passed. 

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