Historical Buildings and Architecture – Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is home to many historical buildings including the home of Hayim Nahman Bialik (Israel’s National Poet – 2nd and 4th photo), Ben Gurion (Israel’s first Prime Minister – not shown) House, and Independence Hall (13th photo). Inside Ben Gurion’s House (no pictures were allowed inside) we could see his living rooms, and upstairs his office which contained his private collection (now public) of over 20,000 books in the 11 languages he could speak plus one in Chinese. What’s more interesting is the merge of Middle Eastern and Western architectural styles which occurred first during the Crusades and later during the British Mandate of Palestine, and stayed to modern times. This even trickles down to the graffiti and street art (11th photo).

The weather and culture in Tel Aviv is very similar to California, everything is very laid back and there are palm trees everywhere. But the food in Israel is amazing (14th photo). Meals usually start with giant mounds of appetizer (pita bread, hummus, pickled vegetables, falafel, cheeses, fish etc) and later include heavier kosher meats like chicken or beef.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 8, 2010.

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