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Tel Aviv

sunny 80 °F

After an 11 hour flight from Chicago and seven time zones from the east coast, one of my college room mates and I arrived in Tel Aviv at sunset at the end of Shabbat. As is usual we arrived a day early to get some rest before we start the actual tour with Globus on Tuesday.

The city was founded in 1909 by the Yishuv (Jewish residents) as a modern housing estate on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa, then part of the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem within the Ottoman Empire. It was at first called 'Ahuzat Bayit' (lit. "House Estate" or "Homestead"),the name of the association which established the neighbourhood. Its name was changed the following year to 'Tel Aviv', after the biblical name Tel Abib adopted by Nahum Sokolow as the title for his Hebrew translation of Theodor Herzl's 1902 novel Altneuland ("Old New Land"). Other Jewish suburbs of Jaffa established before Tel Aviv eventually became part of Tel Aviv, the oldest among them being Neve Tzedek (est. 1886). Tel Aviv was given "township" status within the Jaffa Municipality in 1921, and became independent from Jaffa in 1934. After the 1947–1949 Palestine war Tel Aviv began the municipal annexation of parts of Jaffa, fully unified with Jaffa under the name "Tel Aviv" in April 1950, and was renamed to "Tel Aviv-Yafo" in August 1950.

After a good buffet breakfast we decided to head out for some sightseeing. I had scheduled a tour with a 'local host' for the afternoon, but it ended up being cancelled.

The first stop was the Clock Tower, Old Jaffa, then a walk to Nene Tzedek for lunch, and then to the Carmel Market which was closed for the most part because of the holiday of Simchat Torah.

The clock tower was built in 1901 in the center of Jaffa's town square. The clock tower in Jaffa is one of seven clock towers built in Israel and of the hundred clock towers built in the Ottoman Empire in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the reign of the Turkish sultan Abdul Hamid the Second.

Tonight we meet up with our tour guide and the rest of our group for a brief and then dinner.


Posted by rpickett 13:44 Archived in Israel Tagged tel aviv

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