A day in Tel Aviv / by Susie Lubell

Fabric store, Tel Aviv
Fabric store on Nachalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv

Grandma flew home early Wednesday morning and the family is in a funk. Even with the rain and snow and leaky guest room we managed to have a pretty great time. I'll try to get some pics up from our travels over the next few days.  I don't know if it's because I'm new here but I just find I can't get enough of the view. The gritty cities. The rugged hills. The markets. The cafes. The graffiti. The museums. The shops. (The museum shops). I just find it all overwhelmingly inspiring. On Tuesday last week my mother-in-law babysat for the kids in the afternoon allowing us to spend the whole day in Tel Aviv (with the baby). We started out at Nachalat Binyamin, an open-air craft market downtown. Then we had lunch at HaMitbachon (the little kitchen) which specializes in home-cooking. We had the beef cous cous and eggplant spread on fresh baked bread. Yum. Then we walked a few blocks to a particularly charming neighborhood called Neve Tzedek, one of the first neighborhoods in Tel Aviv which is currently enjoying a renaissance. Boutiques, cafes and restaurants o'plenty. And the buildings, home to the rich and famous of Israel in many cases, have all been beautifully rennovated. And since it was the day before Purim, many locals were out in their scary/silly/skanky best. Here are a few of my favorite corners. I'll be back soon with some shots of Jerusalem too.

Tel Aviv
Purim party posters

Paper mâché bowls, Tel Aviv
Merav Danny, Nachalat Binyamin

Pottery, Nachalat Binyamin
Daniela Dori, Nachalat Binyamin

Painting by ossha, Tel Aviv
Osnat Shavit, Nachalat Binyamin

Ribbon store, Tel Aviv
Ribbon store, Tel Aviv

Hamsas
Hamsas, Neve Tzedek

Ginger, Neve Tzedek
Ginger, Neve Tzedek

Tel Aviv grit
Gritty corner of Tel Aviv

Ayala Bar
Ayala Bar Shop, Neve Tzedek