This day we had to leave from our hotel to another one. We woke up in the morning, and used some of the provisions we’d gotten the previous night for our breakfast – coffee, bread+butter and some biscuits.  so we moved our stuff to the new  hotel, the Sheraton Tel Aviv. The Sheraton was pricy and the rooms had a slightly older look. Be that as it may, the views simply made up for it all!

 

View of the Mediterranean from Sheraton Tel Aviv

View of the Mediterranean from Sheraton Tel Aviv

 

Beach view from the Sheraton Tel Avi

Beach view from the Sheraton Tel Avi

 

After settling in to the hotel, we decided to walk around Tel Aviv. We started walking along Frishman Street. It was a crisp day and we imagined how life in Tel Aviv must be – living in this politically complicated place, yet surrounded by so much history.

Frishman St., Tel Aviv

Frishman St., Tel Aviv

 

We arrived at Dizengoff St. Right at the corner was a felafel stand and, with quite a few people milling around and eating there. It was almost 1 PM and a perfect time for lunch.

Snack shop, Tel Aviv

Snack shop, Tel Aviv

 

The guys who ran the shop asked us if we were from India, and when we said yes, they got really excited. They had all been to India and had loved their travels. I asked if I could take a picture and they literally told me to “wait” so they could pose. Here’s their “pose” :)

 

At this place, we discovered the venerable Sabich! We got 2 – 1 with egg and the other with fries and eggplant instead of the egg! It was simply delicious and to this day remains one of our favorite snacks.

Sabich

Sabich

After lunch, we turned around the corner and were on Dizengoff St. We stopped by the Bauhaus Center to see if there was any way we could join one of their walking tours. Alas, none of the times seemed to match our plans. We walked along Dizengoff St. until we reached Dizengoff Center. We went inside to just take a look, since the mall was Israel’s first mall and probably with the highest foot traffic. It looked slightly old, like it must have been awesome back in its day but needs a little bit of a modern touch. Nevertheless, its a landmark.

Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

From Dizengoff Center, we took a right onto King George street and walked in the direction of Carmel market. The roads reminded us of India – jam-packed and bustling with activity. Felt like Bombay, without the heat.

Roads in Tel Aviv, Israel

Roads in Tel Aviv, Israel

We walked a bit and eventually found our way to the bustling Shuk Ha’Carmel.

Shuk Ha'Carmel, Tel Aviv, Israel

Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel Aviv, Israel

That lemonade was even more delicious than it looked!

Shuk Ha'Carmel, Tel Aviv, Israel

Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel Aviv, Israel

And then we saw this vegetable and fruit juice vendor and had to get some refreshing juice.

 

Shuk Ha'Carmel, Tel Aviv, Israel

Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel Aviv, Israel

While waiting for our juice, we talked in Hindi on how great it would be if he had some ginger to put in the juice, just like in India. Another customer overheard us and piped in to our conversation, in Hindi, saying that its not that common in Israel to put ginger in juices like it is back in India. Whoa! He did not look all that much Indian; turns out he was Jewish and had made aliya to Israel almost 20 years ago, and was a part of Bombay’s dwindling Jewish population. He had moved to Israel mostly because of career opportunities with Europe and a lot of his family was already there. We chatted about how he liked Israel, yet missed Bombay – a sentiment we all share as immigrants and expats; the feeling of neither here nor there.

Refreshed, we kept walking and our next stop was the “posh” Rothschild Blvd at the much talked about Max Bremmer Chocolate shop. Our aim was to get a hot-chocolate and a few different bits of milk and dark chocolate to sample and then have a proper dinner thereafter. The service was pushy. Meh.

We walked around a bit more on random streets and getting a feel of the city until our feet told us they had enough, caught a bus back to the hotel. The juice and chocolate milk had filled us up enough that we nibbled on a bit of bread and cheese and simply enjoyed a lovely Mediterranean sunset – the perfect way to end the day!

Mediterranean sunset, Tel Aviv, Israel

Mediterranean sunset, Tel Aviv, Israel