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Jaffa is a port city/town and as such one of the oldest in the world. Also known as Jopha. The port continued to be important through history, and served as the main entry point to the land of Israel until the late 19th century. When Jews from around the world began to return to Israel, it was through Jaffa that they entered the country and in Jaffa that many initially settled. The huge population increase led to overcrowding, and tense relations developed between the Jewish and Arab residents of the city. The result was that Jews began building outside of Jaffa, and so the city of Tel Aviv was built. As Tel Aviv developed, Jaffa stagnated. By the 1940’s Tel Aviv was so much larger than Jaffa, then dominantly Arab as most Jews had moved out, that it was made into a neighborhood of Tel Aviv to create the official title as the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo.


This park is from where one can start walking a promenade, or enjoy views of modern Tel-Aviv and its glitzy shorefront. There is also a theatre, with an open-air option. The promenade follows an old road crossing the hill, below which the harbour lies. That hill is built-up to the extreme - I will try and show some of it.



comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Aug 2016, 01:56
Que c'est joli avec tous ces palmiers.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine. C'est joli.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Aug 2016, 06:25
an oasis after the desert photos - Jaffa and the big, round oranges- wonderful!
Louis: I think that you may be interested to read about the oranges and what happened to them http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/11/one-mans-quest-to-keep-the-jaffa-orange-alive/
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 10 Aug 2016, 06:40
I did not know how Tel Aviv originated, Louis
Louis: I only learned about it, when I was there, Lisl.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Aug 2016, 06:55
A land of mystery to me Louis. I'm looking forward to what you have to show
Louis: Thank you, Chris. Even if I was there, some mysteries still remain - well, basically, if I had some dosh to spare, I would easily go again.
Lots of "education" here, Louis, as you've described what happened here. But I must say it doesn't look anything like everything else you've shown thus far!
Louis: This what Israel is about, Ginnie. The land alternate between "milk and honey" and desert, all the time. But you won't get bored, going there.
Jaffa is a brand name of dates. I have some here.
Louis: The dried dates in Israel is soft, succulent and delicious. We also have Jaffa dates, but the packaged stuff is just not the same. I even had a tray of dates that dried in the vicinity (same rack probably) of orange rinds and touched with honey. That was difficult to share smile
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 10 Aug 2016, 13:31
Your image of Jaffa is a stunner, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray. Some rays in the picture makes it a stunner smile
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 10 Aug 2016, 13:33
"Jaffa" was the name of an orange candy-covered ball of chocolate that was sold when I was a Lad, Louis...kids used to take them to the pictures and throw them at the projection box when the film broke.
Louis: We went to see movies in our school hall on Friday evenings. When the film broke or stalled, you had to let go of your girl - whatever you were doing - in a flash, because the hall lights will be switched on in seconds
wow, this is beautiful light, scattered among those clouds.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. I just had to try and capture it and the bridge camera was up to it.
Interesting Narrative about the City's origins, I love the chocolate and Orange biscuits called Jaffa Cakes, have you come across them ?
Louis: To the best of my knowledge, Jaffa Cakes is a UK product. So, I haven't seen them in Jaffa, but tasted them in England.
Interesting notes once again and some great light in the sky for this shot.
Louis: Thank you Brian, fortunately the bridge camera was up to capturing the scene.
I had no idea that Tel Aviv was once an offshoot of Jaffa
Louis: I also learned about it, while I was there, Bill.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands... just below sealevel.
  • 10 Aug 2016, 17:14
What a view and I love those tall trees. Jaffa reminds me of the oranges in my youth....
Thank you for the write-up.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. Maybe you want to read about the oranges here http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/11/one-mans-quest-to-keep-the-jaffa-orange-alive/
It certainly is an interesting country Louisi
Louis: No doubt, gutteridge. It was a great experience.
this is a wonderful history of the original port of Jaffa Louis... this is a beautiful photo with with the clouds fanning out like the branches of the palm trees....petersmile
Louis: Nice comparison, peter. Thanks for this comment.

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