Friday, April 29, 2016

A Morning Walk in Tel Aviv

 

10 reasons why it is sometimes nice
to be a tourist in your own country:

1. The natives all speak your language.

2. You have your car with you. And you know where to park it.

3. However well you know a place,
there is always something new to discover.

4. There is a chance you'll meet a friend along the way,
hopefully someone you've not seen for ages.

5. There is a chance you'll make a new friend.

6. No airport security, no plane delays, no jet-lag.

7. And you can buy anything you want!
No luggage limitations.

8. If you're not in an exploring mood
you sit yourself in a coffee shop and just stay there.
You can always come back.

9. Traffic jams on the way home?
Well, if you don't have your music with you, water and a snack
you really should have planned better.

10. At the end of the day you sleep in your own bed.


144 comments:

  1. Cannot complain with neither of your 10 reasons:)
    Thank you for showing us another part of your world - I always love seeing it through your lenses!

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  2. Lovely photos of your world. I'm loving the green doorway so much....and the blue door, wow....but wait, no, I love the green doorway again. And the pink embroidery. Everything looks fresh and interesting!

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  3. Wonderful photos...you picked such interesting things to show us! I agree it is great to be a tourist in your own country....so many advantages. Happy weekend Amalia.
    Helen xox

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  4. Dear Amalia
    You have a wonderful eye for photos - always picking out interesting and quirky things. I particularly like the little doll face art work - very clever!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  5. Hello Amalia!

    I love your photos, so much to see and discover! It all looks very interesting and inspiring!

    Love the embroidery, so pretty!

    Have a great weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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    1. Thank you, Ingrid. The embroidery was part of an art exhibit and it depicts the fifth day of creation. I chose to include it because we were visiting on a Thursday, the fifth day of our week. And because it was pink.

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  6. You have certainly taken us on a beautiful walk, stunning sights to take time over and take it all in. 10 great reasons to stay at home. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Your travelogue spotted w/ art:)
    So different from here..I love looking at everything..that doll in the wall is something else..I would have snapped that too.Thank you Amalia.

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  8. His reasons are perfect!
    There's not to question.
    The images are beautiful, parabés!
    And thank you for sharing.
    Hugs,

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  9. You find art and interesting things everywhere you go Amalia. The photographs you took are beautiful. I feel like I could just soak up that sunshine!
    Your 10 reasons remind me to appreciate our own area more too. Thanks for thinking of them all!

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  10. Nice post...
    love to stroll around my city too!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  11. Dear Amalia,
    what a nice post!
    Sometimes, hm, no, often I'm like a turist in Alsace. And I Like it:)
    Thank's for a pictures:)

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  12. I appreciate the advantages of touring where I am living as well, Amalia :) Thanks for sharing some of the interesting sights around you! xx

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  13. How very true Amalia!
    Thank you for the little tour of your home country.
    V x

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  14. Lovely tour !!!!
    Have a nice weekend !
    Anna

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  15. My favorite reason for touring in your own home area is #10. sleeping in your own bed.
    I always love the flowers (and cactus) in various containers. I notice the little overhangs above each door.

    As I sip my own coffee now, I want to eat the lunch you pictured. Ummm mmm.

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  16. Thank you for sharing this part of your so lovely world with us, my darling Amalia !

    Hope you're enjoying your day, I'm wishing you much love for your weekend to come,
    sending blessings to you across the many miles

    Dany

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  17. Thanks for the walk. I enjoyed the sites.

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  18. It looks like old world converging with the new.
    Tel Aviv, I think it would be someplace I would visit even with all of the hassles!

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    1. Tel Aviv is way more modern that my photos would indicate. I always gravitate towards rust :-)

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  19. Thank you for sharing your tour of this very colorful city, Amalia. You have such an eye for seeing the beauty in everything and your photos are stunning! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. Thank you for sharing Tel Aviv with us all---I hope to visit sometime in the future, but for now, I will just enjoy your lovely photos.

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  21. I enjoyed my walk with you, Amalia. I love your thoughts about visiting close to home. All very good reasons to enjoy! xo ♥

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  22. I always enjoy seeing photos of your part of the world, Amalia. I notice that the color blue appears in quite a few of your pictures. I wonder if that's a conscious choice. Whether it is or not, I love the blue. And of course the food. I always love the delicious-looking food and lattes (?) you show us. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Luckily, the blues went well with the sky and not my mood :-)

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  23. You are brilliant, Amalia! And I agree with you; on the weekends, I am a tourist in my own city. I am always finding a new corner of town, quaint with shoppes, people, homes, lakes, etc.....and at the end of the day, I can sleep in my own bed. This summer we are not traveling out of state, but enjoying what our beautiful state has to offer.

    You are in Tel Aviv? COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I don't live in Tel Aviv but in Haifa, which is about an hour away to the North. I should do a post on Haifa as well, it is every bit as beautiful (if not more :-)

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  24. So nice to walk with you - and sit with you with that rather nice looking cup of coffee ...
    I always love the different colours and textures in your photo's.

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  25. Thank you for the tour and sharing your world with us. Have a lovely day.

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  26. It is so true! Exploring your own area is fun and not intimidating. Besides, the day we go on a trip I am already thinking of getting back home! I love the worn, chippiness of the buildings in your pictures. It all looks so quaint. LOVE your 10 things list!

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    1. I love traveling. But I do love that moment when you open the door and you are home again.

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  27. Great list. Very true! I didn't know that's where you were from! Thank you for the pretty tour, I have never been. The doors are charming, love the colors!! And I've always been a sucker for palm trees! ;)

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  28. Amalia, I watched your photos with great interest. You can see many details that we do not always see. Have a nice weekend:)

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  29. Lovely tour. It really allows me to see a part of your world. Have a lovely weekend.

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  30. Love the pictures, so interesting to see new places, thanks for the tour :) I love your reasons to be a tourist in your own country, and it is so true if you just get out how many things that are just outside your door that you don't see or do in your day to day life :) Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend!

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  31. Reason number 11, your blogging friends so enjoy seeing your lovely corner of the world. Especially me!

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  32. And a good reason to armchair travel with a sweet friend??? My friend takes the best photos of all the things everyone else just walked past. She always remembers to look up to the left and right and down to her feet so we don't miss a thing. I keep looking at that two story house with a bricked up front door ... it looks like it has a story to tell.

    I hope you remembered your water & snacks and made it home before dark ;)

    Wendy x

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    1. Wendy! Wow! What an amazing comment. It made my day.

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    2. Wendy, what a great tip from your friend who catches the best photos because she looks all around her, keeping her eyes open for the glimpses of wonder around her. I'll be remembering this when hubby and I head for England soon.

      Amelia, I was taking notes from all the beautiful photos you've been sharing ... You catch so many delightful beauties with your camera.

      Brenda :)

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  33. Oh, so true, Amalia! And for those of us joining you, we get to tag along with someone who knows their way around!

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  34. I love that list! So sensical and #9 is a hoot! Wonderful photos of Tel Aviv capturing some of the out of the way and not often photographed delights. My personal favorite is of that delicious looking lunch.

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    1. I cannot tell a lie, it was delicious :-)

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  35. Today we walked on our beach.

    Some interesting graffiti on your route.

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  36. Lovely to go on your morning walk with you! I like your thoughts on being a tourist in your own country!

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  37. #10 is my most favorite reason of all!
    I love the olive container being re-purposed as a planter.

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    1. I wonder how many olives you have to eat to get it.

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  38. Very interesting pictures. I do agree to all of the 10 reasons. It is really so.
    Have a nice time,
    Christine

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  39. I've really enjoyed walking and exploring with you today. It is good to discover the places close to home and you can always find something new to see. I like your 10 reasons for travelling and exploring locally:)

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  40. Wonderful photos, Amalia! The beauty is in the eye of the beholder and even with rust things can look beautiful :)

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  41. Hi dear Amalia ,, que maravilla poder conocer tel avid ,, grandes fotos,,espero que tengas un buen comienzo de semana
    Cariños

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  42. Very nice photos, and beautiful post. Big Hug, Mariuccia

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  43. Ten great reasons I agree with! Thanks for my tour of your part of the world. I love walking in foreign countries, up close and personal. The only way to get to know and a different culture. Thank you.

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    1. I agree! The only way to know a place is to go for a walk.

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  44. Oh, how I love your photos, Amalia. That balcony is so charming. Yes, it's easier to travel when it's not so far from our towns. That's why I don't mind traveling to different places in California.

    Happy May day!

    ~Sheri

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  45. SO true! Thank you for taking us along on your morning walk. Your photos are gorgeous!

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  46. I totally agree with you, Amalia! I lost my travel mojo a few years ago and now I enjoy exploring my own little corner of the world, as well as living vicariously through my blogger friends. Thank you for the armchair travel!

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  47. Great reasons to be a tourist in your own town. Tel Aviv looks like a great mix of old and new. What fun to see it through your lens.

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  48. Great walk, Amalia. Tel Aviv looks like a great place with some beautiful buildings. Your lunch looks yummy! xx

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  49. Great walk, Amalia. Tel Aviv looks like a great place with some beautiful buildings. Your lunch looks yummy! xx

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  50. I enjoyed the walk, Amalia. I didn't expect this interesting mix of architecture in your town. The condominium buildings with the long porches look American and the two houses in the last picture have a typical German structure.
    I wouldn't mind eating this kind of breakfast right now. :)
    Have a great day, Amalia!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Some of the photos were taken in the American Colony. You have a good eye, Julia.

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  51. Beautiful Photos! Thanks so much for sharing!! Thanks for visiting too!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  52. Hello, I enjoyed this walk and tour of Tel Aviv. Your photos are wonderful and I enjoyed your top 10. Thanks for taking me along. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  53. I must say I enjoyed my armchair tour with you Amalia! Love how you captured all the amazing colors in your photos! Have a great week!

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  54. Great photos, love the bright colors! I agree with you, especially on airport security!

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  55. I enjoyed my stroll,along with you in Tel Aviv! Those are all great reasons to stay in one's own area!!

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  56. Your reasons why being a tourist in your own country is nice -I choose jetlag!! (gets me every time!), having a car with you without having to rent one ($$), you speak the language -is not important to me, sleeping in your own bed - debatable in the USA, since the distances are humongous!
    You have a talent to keep people entertained:):) Love the building fronts -first I thought garages, but then I saw the air-conditioners!
    Awesome post Amalia -many thanks for linking this for SEASONS! Have a happy week.

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  57. We try to visit local attractions whenever possible and do enjoy getting home to sleep in our own bed. Being 50 miles from Washington D.C. gives us plenty to do when the mood strikes. Lovely photos. I found it interesting that people are few in the photos.

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    1. It took a bit of patience to wait for them to step out of the frame :-)

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  58. :-) I totally agree about sleeping in your own bed.
    Enjoyed this tour as always. You do such a great job!
    Happy May,
    Carla

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  59. Gostei muito do blogue e da criatividade com coisas tão simples!

    Lovely blog:)

    Have a nice day:)

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  60. Your neighborhood looks lovely and interesting, Amalia. I like your reasons to vacation at home! I agree it is nice to enjoy one's own area.

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  61. Beautiful photos! I love being a tourist in our country :)

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  62. Very pretty walk. I just love the tapestry.

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  63. Beautiful photos......love the pink textile!

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  64. Lovely Amalia. Love yours pictures. Only a few times I saw pictures of Tel Aviv. Just beautiful
    And love this Bugambillia, I have one too, xoxoxo

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  65. Amalia, these are all great reasons to be a tourist in your own country. ;) Wonderful pictures!!

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  66. Bom dia, minha querida!
    Muito boas suas razões!!!
    Foi um lindo passeio, com direito a flores, céu azul e belas portas. Gostei da arte com a boneca rs.
    Lógico, o café não podia faltar!!!

    Abraços e feliz dia.

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  67. What an amazing place to live. Your photos so make me want to visit, stunning :)

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  68. Great post! I think more people should be tourists in our own countries, there is so much to explore and enjoy :o) I loved seeing the beautiful pictures of where you live, thank you for sharing!

    Tania

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  69. I dind your country inspiring to the soul... The foto's have me in a state of creating today, as for the discription of how to plan a holiday here it sounds like the hustle and getting around is not such a problem. The last foto reminds me of my cathedrals and temples I am creating from my pottery.
    It's the steeple that peaks around the baxk side of the home... Oh to see this beauty on a daily basis as you delight in daily. It must be so inspiring to discover the new beauty your eyes catch day to day.

    Thank you dear for your beauty and grace, and best visiting me over at my home.
    Xx
    Doré

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  70. Wow, such colorful photos! I really enjoyed this virtual "walk" :)

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  71. Thanks for sharing that wonderful walk with us Amalia at Cooking and Crafting with J & J! What pretty architecture!!!
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie xo

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  72. I love your list of reason to travel closeby! And the photos show a wonderful city.

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  73. Dear Amalia:
    Are you saying you live in Israel? We went there in 1999 and spent the first and last night in Tel Aviv. I love Israel and would love to go back. I still see that Mediterranean Sea there in my mind and so many places. I loved Old Jerusalem and cried as the bus winded around to the city. Thanks for sharing and linking.

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  74. Your photos are beautiful and so are your thoughts on touring your own city. I think we forget to see the beauty in our surroundings when we see them everday. Thanks for the lovely photos and the reminder to slow down and enjoy where we are :) XO-Wendi@H2OBungalow

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  75. loved the each pic especially the doll with tears on cheeks ,thank you for sharing

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  76. So true! Those kind of trips are the best. Have a great weekend!

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  77. Just wonderful! I cannot imagine a morning walk in Tel Aviv! I live in the middle of the United States in a small town area.
    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  78. Wow! Everything looks so pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  79. What a lovely trip you have taken us on Amalia! I feel so at home it almost looks like my town. The palm trees, the sunshine, and the balconies on the houses. Ha and even that tin with the Kalamata olives. Yes, I am definitely at home here. I hope you can join us and link up to our new party Sweet Inspiration. It is running Friday to Tuesday.

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  80. Fascinating photos and your observations are so right!
    I read you live in Haifa. I agree: it's more beautiful... ;)

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  81. Your photos are beautiful! I love each one of them! My husband has been in Tel Aviv a few years ago on a business trip and he loved it! He especially enjoyed the flair and the food! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #5! Have a lovely weekend!

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  82. Dear Amalia:
    Your post will be one of those special featured tomorrow. I thought the first photo reminded me of the Art Colony in Joppa.????

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    1. You have a sharp eye, Bernideen! And thanks for the feature :-)

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  83. What a lovely walk! You will always find new things to see if you only keep your eyes open and take the time to look around you.

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  84. Thank you for the lovely walk!
    Your photography transports us all!
    Thank you for sharing at TOHOT!

    Laura-

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  85. Dear Amalia:
    This post is featured on my blog today! Congratulations!

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  86. Dear Amalia:
    This post is featured on my blog today! Congratulations!

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  87. Dear Amalia,
    wonderful impressions of Tel Aviv. You show us very nice details, thanks for the many interesting images. The trip through Tel Aviv I enjoyed.

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  88. I really agree with you! Sometimes it's wonderful to be a tourist close to home. Makes you appreciate things and feel free. I never realized you were in Tel Aviv. :)

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  89. These photos are very nice and your works, as always, have captivate me! have a nice day, Amalia! and many thanks for your visits and your lovely comments always in my blog!

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  90. Beautiful shots. Hope that old blacony does not fall on some passerby below though :).

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  91. Beautiful shots. Hope that old blacony does not fall on some passerby below though :).

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  92. Nice reasons. Are you from near of Tel Aviv? Nice pictures. xoxo

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  93. Stunning photos Amalia. Thanks for the tour of your homeland.😊

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  94. Dear Amalia ... thank you so much for sharing. I so enjoyed the lovely photos and your thoughts about being out and about. So much to think about. Have a blessed week my dear friend. Hugs ♥ Teri

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  95. Your home land looks beautiful, I think its always great to stop sometimes and smell the air so to speak breath in and take in the beauty around you. 10 brilliant reasons I agree, dee x

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  96. I love the shot of those doors, all different colors! :)

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  97. Love all the photos! And those doors are fabulous.
    I hope you have a lovely week!

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  98. What interesting and colorful buildings and surroundings! Thank you for the tour!

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  99. As always you pick such an amazing range of subjects to photograph and show here. Why did I not realize where you lived before this? Isn't blogging wonderful? I've met so many nice women from around the world and get to have a peek into their lives. As I'm an armchair traveler, being a tourist at home is very attractive to me. And now we have a whole new microsystem to explore in our new home!

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  100. Sweet Amalia, what a beautiful and charming place! Your photos made me feel like I was right there with you - thanks for sharing.

    Have a lovely week. Hugs!

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  101. That's a beautiful place to walk and relax !!
    Lovely photos !!
    Greetings

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  102. Wow -- beautiful pictures Amalia! I'd love to know the story behind the drawing of the little girl with the porcelain face sitting on the globe. Thanks for the fun reminder to be a tourist in your own town!

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  103. What a lovely post, Amalia...I always so enjoy your tours. It feels like I am right there with you. I love the idea of looking at your own area as a tourist!

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  104. Great tour. The buildings are interesting. Some of them almost look like something one would see in New England... the wooden ones. xoxo Su

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  105. What wonderful pictures Amalia, it is like being there.

    Hugs Diane

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  106. I have lived in my town 39 years and I am still discovering new places.

    I loved looking at the doors and gates.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  107. Oh my goodness! Your photos are just amazing. Thank you for a wonderful tour xx

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  108. It so interesting to see more of your home town. Sarah x

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  109. Oh my gosh, bit of artistry around every corner. I love the colored doors! I find that often we don't take advantage of the many wonderful things in our own area. Loved your list of why it's fun!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  110. What a beautiful tour/walk in a very beautiful town...amazing pictures!
    Have a great day, take care.
    Love from Titti

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  111. Great pics, you are a lucky person to live there!! My son has been in Tel Aviv.
    Greetings from Marijke

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  112. Amalia! Good morning! Thank you kindly for coming to visit my spring post. OH those crabapple trees we have here, they are the most glorious in their pink variety, but they also come in a deeper raspberry pink and white. If you follow Instagram, you can see my page and find more photos of the lilacs here. What a glorious spring this is! Have a super day, Anita

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  113. To wander is a wonderful thing. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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  114. Thanks for touring your city with us Amalia. I love to see where people live. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  115. Hi Amalia, your city is beautiful, love your positive reasons.

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  116. Hi, Amalia!
    I always like touring a new city! This is the first time that I see photos of Tel Aviv...thanks for sharing, it's a beautiful city!

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  117. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures Amalia, I particularly love the doors. Thank you for a lovely glimpse of Tel Aviv xx

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  118. Loved your tour of home. And I loved your list. Beautiful photos.

    Thanks!
    Brenda

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  119. What a PERFECT POST! LOL THAT is how I feel about our home here in the USA! If you are living there, WHY would you want to leave? There ARE MANY THINGS to see in your own little corner of the world! Your corner of the world is BEAUTIFUL!!!! ;)The "Promised Land!" (If there were one place I'd like to visit, it would be ISRAEL! );)

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  120. Haha, you are totally right!!!

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  121. What amazing details you've picked out for us, and an excellent list of reasons, I definitely go along with all of those.

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  122. Yes, yes yes to it all...
    Beautiful soul you have Amalia, lend me some of it.
    Xx
    Dore

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