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Assalam Alekum Everyone and Welcome Back to the Channel from Tel Aviv. One of the modern, vibrant and multicultural cities in the world. Jews from all over the world have come and lived in this city.

That was the main purpose of building this city; to convince people to come and live here. To promise Jews every facility that they had in their home countries in Europe and USA. That's why the city saw an influx from all around the world. Today, you'll find people of nationalities in Tel Aviv... For instance... German... French... English... Russian, African... Moroccans, Ethiopians... Iranians and Iraqis...

In this vlog, we'll try to explore this city as we can. Right now, I'm sitting in Levinsky Market. You can say that it's, sort of, the spice market here. Beside spices, there are food stalls as well where people can sit for coffee or street food.

We are sipping coffee in a cafe here. After that we'll go and start our tour. The most beautiful and the very first street of Tel Aviv, from where the city started is...

Rothschild Street. It's named after the famous banker and super rich Rothschild family from Europe. The family extended a lot of help to Jews. Hence, this very first street of Tel Aviv was named after that family. You can see that it's a two way street. There's a rather beautiful and wide space between the roads... that has a lot of trees.

A very peaceful place to sit. A lot of cyclists travel here, along with pedestrians and people on scooties. Along the sidewalk, you'll see a lot of cafes; beautiful and cozy. A rather posh area with a lot of beautiful houses. More about the houses later. This road is the place that should be your very first interaction with Tel Aviv.

Because this road tells you the story of how this city began. Tel Aviv has a great public transport system. You can take a bus and conveniently go to any location.

But still, a lot of people here use bicycles, electric scooty or electric scooters. The government encourages people to use green energy. Therefore, rather than exploring the city on motorcycle, I've decided to rent a scootie, like locals. And explore Tel Aviv on it. One of the reasons is that many places don't allow motorcycles. Using a scooty, I can visit those places as well and record them for you.

So, I have arranged a helmet and installed a mount for GoPro. In order to showcase Tel Aviv for you all. There's an app that you can use to rent this scooty. There are quite a few apps for that.... But I used Lime. Download the app and enter your driving license and credit card details. After verification, you can rent a scooty from any station and also drop it off at any station.

I'll tell you in the evening about the total amount that we paid on this scooty. Let's get going now. We are riding through the main street and trying to capture it for you. It is fast. This is Rothschild street, guys.

We'll try to go all the way to the end of this street. There may be some interesting places there for us to see. Observing the houses on the sides, you can see that it's a special architecture. We'll talk about that when we visit a rather famous plaza here.

This road is always so full of people. So much so that you can hardly find a place to sit in these cafes. It's as if the whole city is just sitting in the cafes all day long. Just look and appreciate how well the sitting arrangement here is. Also there are rides for kids to play. I've a feeling that this vlog is going to be a very interesting and fun filled one.

Because, we haven't explored any other city like this one... on a scooty. I've used bicycles during my travels but not while I'm recording. We have now reached the end of this street. So, I've shown you this road from start to end. There must be a station here where we can leave the scooty. There it is.

So, we have used it for 9 minutes and it cost us 13 shekels. That means ... 4 dollars. It's quite expensive as we only rode for 2.7 km. Right towards the end of Rothschild Boulevard, there's Habima Square. It's the art and culture hub of Israel.

The theater here is also called Habima Theater and was built in 1912. It's a 110 years old theater. This area had started developing during the times of Ottomans. Ottoman rule lasted here till 1918.

Since Israel came into being in 1948, this theater had existed for 36 years before that. There's an auditorium right next to the theater where they have concerts. The most interesting place in the square is right in the center. There's some sand, grass and then there are citrus trees. Then there are some beautiful looking flowers. It's a representation of Tel Aviv when it came being; it had only sand.

And today they have transformed it into one of the most developed, high-tech and expensive cities. Now, I've come to Bialik square. Not only here, but also in many other places in Tel Aviv, houses have been built on German style. It's also called Bauhaus architecture. The reason is that when Hitler initiated a movement against Jews in the 1930s and they were being expelled, the Zionist leaders knew that these people are highly educated people. They taught their skills in schools and that's how Tel Aviv was developed.

People were encouraged to come to Tel Aviv and put their skills to use. When those educated people came here, they brought the German architecture with them. The buildings built here were quite similar to the ones in Germany. This Bauhaus architecture looks very simple from the outside. All the attention is focused on the proper functionality of the building. So that the life of inhabitants is made easier.

The outward appearance looks quite simple; not luxurious at all. Besides, when you roam in the city, you see that some of the streets... I mean the system of construction here is grid system. There are main roads with adjoining smaller roads. Inspired from cities like Warsaw in Poland and Odesa in Urkaine.

You will find a lot of cafes, restaurants and bars on the main road. The adjoining small roads are completely residential ones. As if there's no noise or hustle and bustle there but a lot of greenery.

That's how well planned this city is. Such Bauhaus style buildings are only seen in Tel Aviv, outside of Germany. That's why the city has got its UNESCO World Heritage status.

We are taking a short food and drinks break. Because it's very difficult to continue in this heat without food and drinks. Another thing that I liked here is the vast variety of restaurants and foods.

People from all around the world brought their food, language and culture with themselves. Here you can find any type of food. I've ordered a vegan sandwich for me, for the first time. Let's see what's inside it. Looks like they have stuffed the sandwich with cabbage and some leaves.

We also have cappuccino. The foods that I have tried here are amazing. This bread is amazing. First time in Middle East, I have found full corn bread. I have paid 15 dollars for these two things. Right now, we are in Dizengoff street.

It's one of the main streets of Tel Aviv. You can see the square from here that seems to be a little too crowded. You can see that the restaurants and cafes on both sides are full. We'll make our way through this street and keep going. If I'm not mistaken, I think, we need to go this way.

There are pedestrian ways and bicycle lanes along with the main roads, here. That's what makes riding here so safe. I'll try to show you guys as many GoPro shots as possible. This way you can observe the life around these roads. I think we have reached the main shopping area here. That's why it's more crowded.

The guy has got speakers with himself. Probably one of the liveliest cities that you will see anywhere. Not just in the Middle East but anywhere in Europe. There are so many young people here... Probably most of them moved here from other parts of Israel for higher education.

Anywhere you go, 70-80% of people are young. So... that's the benefit of scooty that we can even come to this part. Need to look for the station to park the scooty.

So, for this 10 minute ride, we paid almost 14 shekels. Roughly 4 dollars. I think we are in the busiest market of Tel Aviv. It's called Carmel Market. Actually, it's just a fruit market... but...

when I came here... the largest section that I saw here... Let me just tell you that the vibe here is very similar to the one in any Arab souq. . The items being sold are also the same... garments... fake designer clothes... And then sun glasses... street food... all the same. But I was told that this was mainly a fruit market. I haven't seen any fruits here so far, though.

But I'll tell you when I see 'em. All in all... you can say that it's Tel Aviv's souq. So, there are actually many stalls of fruits and vegetables.

other than that, you will notice one thing. This part's vibe is very different from that of an Arab souq. Probably because of the non-Arab population. No doubt it's still multicultural. But you won't see Arabs of this region, here. This environment is very different from that of a souq.

It's good because I hadn't seen any market of this kind here before. One that showed the typical chaos of a Middle Eastern market. Well... That you can only find here in this market. Right now, I'm walking through the streets of Neve Tzedek. I'm not sure if my pronunciation is correct.

But it's something like that. This area is the first Jewish settlement outside Jaffa city. At that time, Jaffa was the only historical place here. Inhabited by Muslims and Jews.

But the first settlement outside Jaffa was made here. Tel Aviv is not just Tel Aviv but Tel Aviv-Yafo. Because Jaffa used to be a separate city before. Where does the name Tel Aviv come from? The Zionist movement was going on for quite some time.

The idea for a separate Jewish state was quite old; even dating back to the Ottoman times. Back then, the father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, an Austro-Hungarian Jew wrote a book... Altneuland.... It's a German name.

A journalist by profession, he was trying to convince people... To go back to Palestine and build their separate state there. The English version of that book was called Tel Aviv. The first settlement that was made here was previously called Ahuzat Bayit. But later on, as the settlement grew in size, it was called Tel Aviv.

While we are talking about Jaffa, let's go and visit it. It's not too far. That's Jaffa. Just a century ago, there was no Israel of Tel Aviv.

However, this city has been here for thousands of years. A lot of empires came to this city; from Byzantine to Muslims and Crusaders. Umayyads, Abbasids, Mamluks and Ottomans... And British in the end. When the British decided to make two separate states here namely Palestine and Israel.

Jaffa was mainly an Arab city so it was decided to keep it in Palestine. But when the Israeli army attacked Jaffa in 1948... Actually they didn't like Jaffa.

They only wanted the land. Right now I'm standing in a park. It's not common to find such a park in any old town.

You expect to find narrow streets and old houses. But in Jaffa, you will find a hill in the city center with a park on it. From here you get a beautiful view of the beach as well as the new city. You will also find some historical buildings. The Zionists wanted to build a new city. They didn't like this Arab city.

When the war erupted, many locals especially those who could afford it, went to Lebanon. Many of the poor people living in the area came here and settled in the empty houses. Even today, there are a lot of historical buildings in Jaffa.

In my opinion, the most beautiful part of Tel Aviv-Yafo is still Jaffa. I have seen some ancient buildings here. There's still an old church and mosques here. I think Jaffa still has a majority of Arabs. It's not a very big area. Once famous for its oranges, you'll still see a lot of orange trees here.

Let's go and try the orange juice of Jaffa. While we are here... trying the orange juice is a must. The orange juice was delicious, for sure. Not just here but Palestine, Lebanon and Syria also had amazing orange juice. Paid almost 4 dollars for that here.

A little on the expensive side. One of the most famous spots in Tel Aviv is the beach. It's a very long beach on the Mediterranean. I think a large number of tourists come here just to spend time on this beach.

I mean night life and party are all good... but beach is very important. Let's go and see the beach. Tel Aviv's beach is a very large one.. but undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches.

I've hardly seen such a lively and vibrant beach. Especially on weekdays. There's nothing special about being lively on weekends rather than weekdays. But here, there's hardly any room left, even on weekdays. Here you can see all the beach related activities like volley ball, skate boarding, jogging and beach football.. And the crowd is primarily young.

In my opinion, this beach is one of the main reasons why people choose to come and live here. The skyline of the Cornish road along the beach is no less amazing. I want to ask you one very important question. What do you think living in Tel Aviv is about? Why do you prefer to live in Tel Aviv? Why do you prefer to live in Tel Aviv? We like the vibe of Tel Aviv... very young and free. There are a lot of night places to go out. There's a beach and the weather is wonderful in Israel.

And woke people. It's my third night here. And every night I see that every place is full.

I wonder when people go to their apartments to study. It's always like this. Too many people here so it always appears to be crowded. The most beautiful land... and ladies. A lot of people in Pakistan want to know how Israelis feel about Muslim travelers. Like.. I'm a Pakistani.

I always say that... You want to murder everybody? I always say that the people are very friendly to me. But the people would like to hear it from an Israeli guy.

We don't care what is your nationality or religion. We don't care where you come from. You need to be a good guy or a good girl. That's it. Thank you very much. Enjoy your evening. It was nice meeting you.

2022-11-01 02:10

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