Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Sidewalk Breakfast

Our first weekend here we went to breakfast at a little French restaurant. We loved it so much we went back for dinner this week. I was so pleased to have found French Press coffee (I'm not a huge fan of espresso). Medium ground coffee is difficult to find. Whole beans... haven't seem any yet.

My first impressions of Tel Aviv are that it is a very sophisticated and nuanced city. There are many facets to it, and I'm only beginning to get a sense of things. Along the beach people walk around with bathing suits and cover ups constantly playing some game with paddles and a ball. The gay beach is next to the Haredi beach is next to the dog beach is next to the quiet family beach...

Come a couple blocks inward and you wouldn't even know it was a beach town. People dress like southern Europeans with a lot of flowing, loose-fitting clothing. The sidewalks are crowded with people walking their dogs and children in strollers. There are juice stands, cafes, falafel stands, gelateria, and upscale restaurants and stores. And lots of cute (but feral) cats.

I'm trying to get together a collection of shots that capture the spirit of the city. I'll share some more with you soon.


  1. Ahhh, I so want to visit Tel Aviv. Can't wait to read more about your adventures there :) xo

  2. That looks absolutely fantastic. And sounds wonderful.

  3. The game is Matkot -- sometimes also referred to as Kadima. I used to play it at my grandparent's beach club on Long Island.

  4. Sounds like you're having fun! Sounds like a really pretty place to be.