Israel pictures (Tel Aviv and surroundings)

Finally, after working many years with IAESTE trainees in Rostock, I managed to find time for an IAESTE traineeship myself. In August and September 2003 I spent 6 weeks at the Engineering Faculty of the Tel Aviv University at coast of the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea. While working in the group of Prof. Avi Gover on optical design problems, I tried to get to know as much of Israel as possible in the short time of my stay.

The pictures below are from Tel Aviv and its surroundings. Click on the other Israel categories above to see pictures from other places in Israel.

Jiri Vass, an IAESTE trainee from Czechia staying in Haifa, has taken a large number of pics which you can browse on his site.

Click on the picture to see the full-size images.

This is my room in the "Beit Milman" student dormitory close to the university in the northern part of Tel Aviv called Ramat Aviv. I'm sharing the room with another German trainee and we both feel like a prison sometimes when seeing the bars in the window opening.

This is the view of the Tel Aviv skyline as seen from the North from the window of my room. The high tower in the distance is the tallest building in the Middle East. The white buidling in the foreground is the Sol and Sissy Mark Chess and Community Center.

This is the nighttime view of the Tel Aviv skyline.

That´s how the dormitory looks from outside. Warm water is delivered by the sun (but there's an additional boiler as well).

There´s a park right outside the dormitory with a nice fountain, many trees, a playground for kids and chess tables.

Covered by persennings to provide shadow, the lively market of Tel Aviv in the city center is an experience in itself. One can find fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cloths, kitchen utensils, music and many other things here.

Piled up in large heaps, the market provides all kinds of vegetables and fruits, as well as from Israel as from many other places around the world.

On this view from the southern end of the Tel Aviv beach one can see the Hyatt Hotel, the Textile House and of course the blue sky. What you can´t see is the 35 degrees centigrade temperature and approximately 90% relative humidity which is something I still have to get used to.

From the same spot one can also see the Shalom Tower (left) and the Tel Aviv stock exchange (?) (right). The guy in the foreground taking pictures is Jiri from Czechia.

From the souther end of the beach, the hotels and embassy buildings are stretching all along the beach. There are pretty strong waves in the warm water and many surfers as well as swimmers enjoy them.

Looking south, the old harbour town Jaffa (Hebrew: Yafo) with its fortifications, mosques and churches is very prominent on the hill directly at the beach. People from many different cultures have been living there continously for at least the last 4000 years.

The Clock Tower in Jaffa.

The Clock Tower in Jaffa.

Old houses along the streets in Jaffa. If one has a close look, one can see really nice architectural structures but unfortunately they are in very bad shape.

Flea market in the streets of Jaffa. In the shadow of the houses, one can find really everything being sold.

This is NOT garbage; that´s how the flea market looks like many places in Jaffa.

Just nextside to the flea market, I found this clean and tidy street which must have undergone complete refurbishment a short time ago.

The architecture reminds me of the crusaders. The sign was only in Hebrew and Arabic so I couldn´t read what this building is used for nowadays.

These new luxurious apartments imitate the style of the rest of Jaffa, a mixture from the crusaders, the ottoman time and islamic influences.

Now we´re approaching the old city of Jaffa which has been very nicely restorated some years ago.

Russian/Greek-Orthodox St. Georg´s Church in the center of Jaffa close to the harbour.

The main stairs leading up to the Jaffa hill. The airplane in the sky is on the approach to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport.

The main square on Jaffa hill with the St. Peter´s Church in the back.

German explanation of the different layers found during an archaeological excavation on the Jaffa hill. There are remains from the time of the British mandate, the Middle Ages, the Romans, the Greeks, the Persians, the Kanaanites and the Egyptians.

The "Ramses Gate" was build by the Egyptians and was connected to the fortification by an 18m long underground tunnel.

Ramses Gate in Jaffa.

The Mediterranean and a beautiful small minarett. In the sea, you can see the black Andromeda rocks. According to Greek mythology, princess Andromeda was chained to these rocks as a tribute to a sea monster and was rescued in the last moment by Perseus (son of Zeus).

These arches belong to the former Turkish administration building. It was used for many different purposes after the Turkish times and is now a part of the Jaffa Archaeological Museum, waiting to be renovated and included in the museum. It was build incorporating some already existing building from the time of the crusaders.

The whole 5km long beach of Tel Aviv is dotted by hotels, restaurants and small coffee bars.

View from Jaffa to Tel Aviv showing the skyline with many hotels, the opera and embassy buildings all along the beach.

Another view from Jaffa. In the background one can see the large garbage hill outside Tel Aviv.

Reconstructed olive oil pressing facility in the "Eretz Israel" museum in Ramat Aviv.

Leftovers from an old well with a mechanical wheel to get the water up from the well.

The "Eretz Israel" museum includes the archaeological excavation site of the Philistines city "Tel Quasile" with more than 10 layers stemming from different civilization times.

Remains of a bronze casting workshop and a reconstructed house of "Tel Quasile".

Remains of a silo for storing supplies (wine, fruits, cereals ?).

Overview of the living quarters of "Tel Quasile". Down the hill is the "Ha-Yarkon" park and in the background the center of Tel Aviv.

Overview of the living quarters of "Tel Quasile". Down the hill is the "Ha-Yarkon" park and in the background the center of Tel Aviv.

"Tel Quasile" also had a temple district where the archaeologists found three temples build above each other.

Walls and other remains of the different temples. The blue numbers indicate elements of the oldest and simplest temple. Red numbers mark elements of the second temple and brown numbers those of the third and biggest temple building.

Colourfull bushes on the area of the "Eretz Israel" museum.

View from the museum tower to the center of Tel Aviv. Once again, one can see the Ha-Yarkon park and river in the foreground. The two Pinkas towers and the tallest building in the Middle East are very prominent in the skyline.

View from the museum tower with the hill of "Tel Quasile" in the foreground and Tel Aviv in the background with the chimney of the local power station.

This is the administrations building of the Tel Aviv University at which I´m doing my traineeship.

Another view, showing a few of the many palm trees on the campus. The whole area is very green and it must take a lot of garding effort and water to keep it like that.

I´m working at the Fleischmann Faculty of Engineering in the group of Prof. Avi Gover. Most buildings and gardens here are sponsored by someone and named after their sponsor.

Palm tree alley outside the Engineering Faculty. Everything is kept very clean and tidy on the campus.

The window of my room is hidden behind the round auditorium building.

This is the square in front of the main entrance of the university. In the pavement, many tiles are inserted bearing a selection of great scientific or cultural achievements. I took pictures of these tiles.

At several places on the campus, small "exhibitions" of archaeological remains from all over the country can be found. Here I liked most the black basalt door to the right from the crusader´s time. I wonder what kind of knight was needed to open and close this door.

This kind of tree can be found many places in Tel Aviv. The fruit resembles the Baobab fruit (monkey bread) but I haven´t yet found out what this tree is called.

The campus is very green and here you can see the University Synagogue surrounded by trees and greens.

Synagogue from the other side.

View towards the Faculty of Law.

This bridge between many pine-like trees connects the Engineering Department with the Library for Exact Sciences.

My roomate trying to cut apart some frozen meat we want to cook for dinner.

Mirko (Förster), "Chef de Cuisine" for the dinner tonight.

Oliver (Hernandex Romero), also helping with the cooking.

My two Israeli friends Dan (to the left) and Itzik (to the right). Both of them were in Rostock as IAESTE trainees in 2002 and are now taking care of me while I´m in Israel.

Itzik and me.

Dan and me. He is coming back to Rostock this autumn for another traineeship.