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Help! Where to go and what to see

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Help! Where to go and what to see

Can anyone come up with suggestions for me. Out of the Blue visit while hubby is on business so i will be on my own during the day. Staying at the Hilton next to beach. Please excuse my ignorance as i know nothing about visiting Israel, languages, food is it safe for a woman on her own , taking photos etc .

I want to make the most of this oppertunity to explore but not wanting to venture too far from hotel.

Any ideas and advice would be great thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

First of all, it is very safe for a woman (or anyone else) alone, as long as you use your common sense. Most people speak at least some English, and there are increasing numbers of immigrants from France who obviously speak French. As for food, you can find just about anything, from pizza slices to gourmet restaurants.

What are your interests? Tel Aviv has plenty to offer, and you can start by looking at the top right-hand side of this page: Exploring Tel Aviv.

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2. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

Thanks and sorry that i have been vague.

Ok so what local dishes should i try? I love houmus but thats all i know!

Just read about the Artist market so will give that a go and the marina. This trip has just been sprung on me, i think the hotel is within walking distance to alot. I have a week to plan some places as i dont want to be hanging around the hotel all day while hubby is at work. What am i interested in? Is there a history museam, good shopping mall, momuments. Are there any areas that the locals dont like taking photos

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3. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

There are lots of museums. What period of history are you interested in? There is a museum of the history of Tel Aviv (the city was founded in 1909, so there is no ancient history), there are lots of shopping malls, and for ancient history there is Jaffa, which adjoins Tel Aviv to the south (they are part of the same municipality). Go to the Tel Aviv forum and click on Exploring Tel Aviv for ideas.

There is definitely no reason to hang around the hotel all day! One thing you should be aware of, if you'll be here in beach weather, Tel Aviv has lovely beaches but it is absolutely forbidden to swim if there is no lifeguard on duty. The Mediterranean is more dangerous than it looks, and every year there are far too many drowning tragedies, often involving tourists who don't realize the danger. As a woman alone, you might be pestered by men on the beach, but it's only annoying, not dangerous.

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Look at the City of Tel-Aviv tourism web site; it has a lot of information and gives the addresses and hours of the tourist information offices:

http://visit-tlv.com/

Note these two pages:

1. The city offers four free walking tours every week:

visit-tlv.com/…

2. and has a discount package for attractions, restaurants, stores, etc:

iandm.co.il/Campaign/…city_Pass.pdf

There is also a lot of information in the monthy "Time Out" magazine, Tel-Aviv edition:

http://digital.timeout.co.il/english/

Old neighbourhoods:

One of the highlights in Tel-Aviv is the old "Bauhaus" neighbourhood, centered mainly along Rothschild Blvd. The city offers a free tour every Saturday morning (see above) but if that day is not convenient you have two choices:

1. A guided tour or audioguides offered by the Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff St:

http://www.bauhaus-center.com/tours.html

2. A self-guided tour:

http://www.white-city.co.il/english/index.htm

Click on [Tourism] and print out the brochure for each street.

Another interesting neighbourhood is Neve Zedek, which actually predates Tel-Aviv. It is located just north of Jaffa and west of Allenby.

israelinsideout.com/Things-to-do-in-Tel-Aviv…

The restored "HaTahana" Turkish railway station is adjacent to Neve Zedek (see below).

The second major attraction in Tel-Aviv is the old city of Jaffa. The main sites to see are:

- the old port, now renovated.

- the Old City, above the port (churches, artist studios, etc). There is a newly refurbished Visitors Center in the main square.

- the clock tower square (Yefet Street), to the east of the Old City

- the flea market, on the east side of Yefet Street.

This web site gives a good summary:

igoogledisrael.com/2012/…

The major museums in Tel-Aviv are:

- Jewish Diaspora Museum:

http://www.bh.org.il/visitors-center.aspx

- Palmach Museum (must be booked in advance):

info.palmach.org.il/show_item.asp…

- Rabin Center:

rabincenter.org.il/Web/En/Museum/Default.aspx

- Eretz Israel Museum:

http://www.eretzmuseum.org.il/e/

- Tel-Aviv Museum of Art:

http://www.tamuseum.com/

There are many more smaller museums.

- Independence Hall (on Rothschild Blvd),

- Ben-Gurion House (on Ben-Gurion Blvd.),

- Rubin Art Museum, Bialik House, Tel-Aviv municipal museum (all on Bialik St., off Allenby).

You can see a complete list here: http://ilmuseums.com/

Markets:

There are three big outdoor markets in Tel-Aviv:

- Jaffa Flea Market (see above) - daily, except Saturday.

- Nachlat-Binyamin Arts&Crafts Fair - every Tuesday and Friday.

www.nachlat-binyamin.com/en-Default.aspx

- Carmel Market (food, clothing, housewares, etc) - daily, except Saturday.

www.youtube.com/watch…

Entertainment and restaurants:

There are two sites that have been developed as entertainment areas with many restaurants, pubs, clubs, etc:

-Tel-Aviv port, in north Tel-Aviv (not to be confused with the Jaffa Port):

http://www.namal.co.il/en/default.aspx

- HaTahana (the restored Old Turkish train station) in Neve Zedek:

http://www.hatachana.co.il/Home

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5. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

^^^ Wow! Looks like you couldn't have gotten a better answer.

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6. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

Is hubby getting any down time for you both to go to Jerusalem. If not, there is no reason for you not to go to Jerusalem on your own. It would be a shame to be in Israel and not go there. In terms of language, you obviously have English since you are on this forum and the number of French in Israel is rising daily.

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7. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

I sense that you are afraid to go around by yourself in Tel-Aviv. There is no reason to be wary - the city is very safe, friendly and welcoming to visitors.

Here are two YouTube videos filmed in Tel-Aviv:

1. A typical Friday morning in the centre of Tel-Aviv (Allenby-King George-Rothschild-etc)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK5_roqwT-A

2. Along the beach side promenade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVQ7GMEXDOA

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8. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

Definitely go to Jerusalem for at least one day - preferably more than one. You can take the free daily tour of the Old City (only tips are expected from you) in English, or hire a guide to give you a private tour in French. I have no specific details but, if you are interested, I'm sure there are others on this forum who can help you. Bienvenue en Israel! :)

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9. Re: Help! Where to go and what to see

its safe for a sole female to travel around, just use your common sense as you would anywhere else.

there's loads to see and do in Tel Aviv (as in the rest of Israel), and I hope you get the chance to explore

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