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City Guide Tel Aviv
City Guide Tel Aviv
Text by Lisa Goldman
Crossfields Publishing, (2006)
Reviewed by Simone Bonim - January 25, 2007
Tel Aviv is a modern, vibrant, and a sophisticated city. It is also a very young city that traces it founding to the establishment of the community of Ahuzat Bayit in 1909. Later renamed Tel Aviv, this burgeoning community on the shores of the Mediterranean merged, in the 1950's, with the ancient city of Jaffa, to become one of the largest metropolitan areas in Israel. Today, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, and the surrounding area boasts a population that tops out at nearly one million people.
For those planning to visit Tel Aviv, or who are interested in doing a little arm chair traveling, the new City Guide Tel Aviv is an excellent reference book. The information in this guide is divided into six geographically defined sections: North End, City Center, Heart of Tel Aviv, South End, Down Town and Jaffa. Within these sections you will find information about key places to visit or stay, from hotels to cafes, clubs, restaurants, and boutiques. Maps and general information about each area are also included. This is not a typical 'travel guide', it does not aim to list every hotel, restaurant, or must see cultural stop. Rather, its aim it to give you a general overview of each area and to offer up a tempting selection of hot spots that illustrate the best of the best that Tel Aviv and Jaffa have to offer. Each section includes a number of entries that highlight each area's hot spots. These entries include a host of enticing photos of the locations in question, accompanied by a brief description, along with the name, address, and telephone number of the establishment. At the end of each section there is a listing of additional hot spots that the area has to offer. Listings of cultural centers, galleries, and museums can be found at the end of the book. While geared toward visitors, even locals are sure to discover some new, undiscovered treasure that they will just 'have to' visit!
Even if you are not planning on visiting Tel Aviv, this is a great book to simply look through. It is gorgeously illustrated, and it presents a provocative overview of Tel Aviv's development, architecture, and history. Best of all, this book is designed for cosmopolitan travelers, looking to discover the wealth of cultural, entertainment, and leisure activities that this unique guide highlights. City Guide Tel Aviv is available in both French and English, and it gives you an insider view of this casual, yet vibrant Israeli City!
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