Off the Beaten Track: A Walk through an Old-New Land

05.08.2011                      05.Aw-Elul, 5771

Verborgene Wege:

Off the Beaten Track: A Walk through an Old-New Land

A new column: Travel expert Joe Yudin introduces "the road less traveled" as well as some new discoveries at more well-known sites.

Only now is the world really starting to discover Tel Aviv, an absolute jewel of a city that lies on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. This city does not actually have a great reputation as a tourist destination. I remember the days as a backpacker in the late eighties and early nineties; the city seemed be falling apart at the seams. It was a grungy, bohemian, dilapidated city. 
There were no good places to eat except for the local Middle Eastern fare which was, and still is, delicious. I remember that Rothschild Boulevard was a heap of sand and dog crap surrounded by Tel Aviv’s very first houses all either condemned or falling apart. Dizengoff Street once famous for its 1930’s & 40’s cafes and clothing stores in beautiful Bauhaus style buildings, had become wall to wall falafel stands and kiosks as the edifices were crumbling around them. However derelict the city felt, there was still a magical vibe….