For the last week or so, I have been travelling around the beautiful country of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Although the country is not that big (roughly the same size of Wales), there is so much to see and so I’ve come back from my trip completely drained but itching to go back and continue exploring.
This is going to be the first part of my Israel series where I will tell you about some of the places that I visited on my trip and share some tips.
Israel and the Palestinian territories are located in the Middle East and border countries, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Despite her turbulent past, Israel is relatively safe today. I did not feel threatened or vulnerable apart from when I was crossing a zebra crossing as the cars literally were going at 100 miles per hour with no sign of slowing down until they were a couple of centimetres away from the zebra crossing.
So the first part of our trip started in Tel Aviv – the magical, coastline city and business hub of Israel.
Although I arrived on Friday just before Shabbat (Jewish holy day of the week), the beach was the perfect place to relax and do nothing while waiting for shops to reopen on Saturday afternoon after Shabbat.
One day, I wandered into the city and found the Carmel Market ( Shek Carmel in Hebrew). It encapsulated one of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Tel Aviv with the coming together of local produce, street art and Israeli crafts. In my opinion, Tel Aviv is the main city of culture and art plus of course a great place to party. I found amazing pieces made by local Israeli artists in the Carmel market and loved the warmth that permeated the atmosphere with the people happily eating pitta wraps and bystanders admiring the music of buskers or recently completed street art by local artists.
Top tip: In the Carmel market, a few market sellers’ starting prices for their goods were between £50 (around 200 Israeli Shekels) but I always haggled my way down to around £10 or less. So do not be fooled 🙂
This post is the first of my series on Israel. Over the next few weeks, I will try to write detailed posts about the different places that I visited. Next on my lists is Old Jaffa.