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Tel Aviv Flights-Zero Judgment Here

Some people who fly to Tel Aviv say it’s a bubble. And I’m pretty sure that’s the way they want it. Despite all the crap going on all around it,  Tel Aviv has had a major boost in quality of life over the past decade. The city’s European-style shopping streets and seriously crazy nightlife have long been a refuge from the ethos of self-sacrifice that characterized the Jewish state’s first settlers, and the infusion of wealth is adding a glossy surface.

tel aviv

tel aviv

There’s great food. Just ask Parisian chef Joël Robuchon who plans to open an outpost here. As a result of a high-tech boom (Israel has more companies on the NASDAQ than any other nation after the United States), many founders of start-ups live and work here. Glittering towers designed by Philippe Starck, I. M. Pei, Richard Meier, and Ron Arad are on the rise, and Donald Trump is said to be building a 70-story luxury apartment complex in the suburb of Ramat Gan.

atelier de joel robuchon

atelier de joel robuchon

While politics in Jerusalem skew toward the right, Tel Aviv is overwhelmingly liberal. Most are against continued construction of settlements in the occupied territories and in favor of the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Locals pride themselves on inhabiting an island of progress and sanity in an ocean of craziness.

united colors of tel aviv

united colors of tel aviv

And if you’re gay, then book a cheap flight to Tel Aviv ASAP. this is the place to be. No judgement here at ll. They promote S&M clubs like they’re talking about poetry.  Yes, here the rainbow flag of gay liberation flies alongside Israel’s blue-and-white national banner on streets here.

In fact, for the past seven years the Tel Aviv municipality has been the official sponsor of the annual gay pride parade and people from all over the world fly to Tel Aviv to experience it.

annual gay pride march

annual gay pride march

Tel Aviv, founded in 1909, also features the largest concentration of Bauhaus architecture in the world. Long stretches are decrepit, but many buildings have been restored since it gained the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Bauhaus Foundation Museum, housing original furniture and other designs by the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, opened in April on Bialik Street. Gentrification is polishing the rough edges of the city center, where tranquil side streets of crisp white buildings, inspired by the work of Le Corbusier and Erich Mendelsohn, are in a tangle of palms and banana and orange trees.

bauhaus

bauhaus

The nightlife is open. At Nanouchka women in their twenties dance atop the U-shaped bar. Happiness is important for most Tel Aviv inhabitants.

nanuchka

nanuchka

The beach, of course, is central to the Tel Avivan ideal.

tel aviv beaches

tel aviv beaches

Running along the promenade that runs the entire three-mile beach, from Jaffa in the south to the old port in the north is a favorite Saturday activity, but most only make it as far as Shalvata, an open-air waterfront bar and restaurant.

shalvata

shalvata

People hit this place hard on weekends sipping the Israeli beer Goldstar while their children play in the restaurant’s sandbox.

Cultural experimentation has been on the agenda since Tel Aviv’s founding. Writers and musicians flocked here from Europe to help establish a new center of Jewish culture. By 1926, the city had built an opera house. The local weekly entertainment guide City Mouse out during my visit weighs in at 162 pages. It brims with listings for movies, art exhibitions, theater, cabaret, concerts by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and smaller classical music ensembles, jazz clubs, stand-up comedy, and scholarly lectures. Then there’s the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

This museum is a cultural center in and of itself, with lectures on the Bible, contemporary literature, the environment, photography, and art as well as  jam sessions by popular Israeli musicians held in Modernist galleries filled with Bonnards, Rothkos, and Picassos.

Mediterranean beauty, gay pride, French food and museums like this…what more could you want?

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