My first impression of the city of Tel Aviv was that it looks like a city In Progress. There is no distinctive skyline with defined clusters of buildings. Seen from afar, it looks like a bar code. The city is young, hip and happening. We arrived late Monday night to our hotel with a fashion party in full swing. Models dressed to the nines paraded through the lobby and we later realized the red carpet was not laid out for our arrival. The residents of Tel Aviv embrace the modern and the new, and it’s no surprise this city is a major tech hub.
Tel Aviv, barely over 100 years old, was merged with the ancient city of Jaffa in 1950. We toured Jaffa by walking through narrow stone alleys now filled with modern galleries and boutiques.
The Mediterranean Sea defines the Western side of the city and its waters are a stunning shade of blue. At 6:00am in the morning we ran down to the promenade and seemingly every person in the city was already out running, surfing, cycling or playing beach volleyball. It is hot and humid in August and everyone tries to beat the sun.
And then there is the food. We stuffed ourselves on course after course of incredible mezze and grilled meats accompanied by freshly baked bread.
I definitely want to go back to Tel Aviv, to participate more in the booming running scene, check out the trails outside of town and of course eat more hummus.