Tel Aviv. The taste of antiquity

By: Tatyana Kogut.
It is from the ancient port of Jaffa that the prophet Jonah started his voyage for Tarshish and was swallowed by a fish. It is here that, according to a Greek myth, Perseus faced Medusa. The old Jaffa city is Turkish-style, with cobbled little squares, houses and art galleries, shops, clubs and restaurants. Rest at the lush lawns, attend improvised concerts and dine at one of the fish delicaAies restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the old fishing port  the day flies by quickly. Churches and minarets at the sky line create a fantastic atmosphere. The old walled city is an eclectic and exotic mixture of cultures and aromas. Flea markets attract treasure hunters looking for a rare finding among the great amount of various objects  from jewelleries and pottery to exotic carpets. Bargaining is widely spread. Lively and colourful. Tel-Aviv has many faces, each depicting its historic traces, changes and the country's life. At the same time, it is the centre for Israeli culture, entertainment and trade. Not only is it the concentration is commerce, fashion and industry  it boasts a great amount of cafes, restaurants and clubs, many of which are opened till dawn.

Despite its hectic style, most tourists prefer walks to transport, and even though the city is rather small, it is suitable for a holiday and business alike. The youngest and the oldest in Israel. The city is only 100 yeas old. Or at least 5000 years old. It all depends on the reference point. Tel Aviv was founded as the green suburb of the ancient Jaffa in the beginning of the 20th century. Here are some things that make Tel Aviv what it is: Bauhaus architecture, music traditions followed by the Israel philharmonic orchestra, and an artistic lifestyle  the city is rich in museums, galleries and sculptures adorning the city streets. Each day a new theatre, dance or music performance is waiting for you  from modern to classic ones, staged at one of the numerous theatres and concert halls all around the city. Tel Aviv is in all respects an ideal starting point for trips around the country. Everything is in the proximity  all attractions of Israel are within a one-day drive, a trip to Jerusalem, Haifa or Beersheba takes just around an hour. A two hour's drive  and you are by the Dead Sea. Eilat is only within a 1-hour flight from Tel Aviv. That is why Tel Aviv is often called a non-stop city. Its endless diversity and an opportunity to travel around the country provide you with a unique chance to have some rest and get access to the eternal treasures of the Holy Land  all at a time. Shopping. Tel Aviv is a unique combination of the western diversity and eastern traditions  markets are still the integral part of the cityPsychology Articles, so are its excellent entertainment centres. Who would ever think that sometimes a costly purchase from a designer store can be bought several times cheaper at the market nearby. From dusk till dusk life in Tel Aviv is in full swing. There is no other city that could help you get such a good understanding of what the ancient and modern Israel is.

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