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remains of the harbour

so, after rejoining my aunt, cousin and wife for dinner, the light just would not give up! i excused myself once again to get a shot of the ancient harbour wall, sometimes referred to as the pisan harbour.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: skyscapes 2

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light in the port

having stopped for a bite to eat, courtesy of my aunt, at abu christo: one of the many restaurants in the old city, i noticed that the light was turning downright gorgeous… i excused myself and let the ladies order the food while i went to find something to photograph, as it were.

i had wanted to get a cityscape of acre, so that was the direction i went. i was not disappointed. i somehow made my way onto a terrace after climbing short walls and landed on a terrace adjacent to the akko light, the still-in-use lighthouse belonging to the old city. beyond it was the skyline with that glorious light i mentioned…

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ancient passageway

 

the trip back from southern israel completed, we took a bit of a breather for a couple of days. we would then head north on a day trip to visit the ancient port city of acre (akko in hebrew). the best summation i have found about this historical place is as follows: “acre … benefits from one of the very rare natural harbours on the coast of the land of israel. [it’s] location helped it become one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited since the middle bronze age, some 4,000 years ago.” – wikipedia

it’s a shame that some of the old city’s ancient buildings/monuments have become in such states of disrepair. at the time of our visit a few sites were completely blocked off to visitors. it looked like repairs were either just underway or about to begin.

we met up with my aunt and cousin and they took us around the old city. sites like the one photographed above were common. the history, when you stop to think about it is staggering somehow…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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byzantine church wall

 

apparently, the last people to inhabit masada was a group of early christians during the 5th to 7th centuries well after the jewish revolt of 73 ad.

amongst the many ruins found on masada is a byzantine church that apparently dates back to the 5th century. here is a photograph of a church wall with an arched window under beautiful morning light.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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from the old port

a couple of things at play here… the obvious one is the tel aviv skyline. i was still on the seawall and walked right to its north end where the unobscured cityscape awaited. waves were crashing all about and i did get a tad wet, though the equipment did not. i do believe the sun had already set into the horizon behind me.  dusk was indeed setting in but the light was still lovely and a few clouds hung about while the city lights were starting to become more prominent in the early evening sky.

less obvious is andromeda’s rock. you will notice a cluster of rocks in the foreground; the one with the israeli flag is the rock in question. it is not particularly large or even prominent, but greek mythology has it that the goddess andromeda was chained to that rock as a sacrificial victim, ultimately saved from certain death by perseus.

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the old port city

after a failed attempt at visiting the carmel market in tel aviv (it was a holiday in israel and the traffic was off the charts insane), we opted to get another day in jaffa instead. as the late afternoon and early evening were coming on, it was becoming evident that the light was looking lovely. i had scoped out a few vantage points from which to get a skyline shot from and finally decided that taking it from the seawall across from the old city would be best. it would require some climbing and a little access to unauthorized areas, but this was indeed the best vantage point! besides, young men were fishing there virtually all day and i accessed the same places they did to reach my spot.

here then, you have the old port city of jaffa’s cityscape in all it’s splendour while being bathed in setting sunlight from a mostly cloudless sky behind me in the open mediterranean sea.

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the floating orange tree

an installation piece by israeli artist ran morin, the floating orange tree is suspended about one foot off the ground by steel cables in a courtyard in old jaffa. constructed and installed in late 1993, it became a permanent installation in 1994 and has become a tourist attraction with hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

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almost seven

 

after having spent a wonderful day touring, the weather turned just a tad and we encountered a little rainfall in the early evening. once it let up, it allowed me to try my hand a photographing the famous jaffa clock tower, migdal hashaon yafo in hebrew. though nowhere as ancient as the old port city, it is over 100 years old! construction was started in 1900 while palestine was ruled by the ottoman empire.

the tower is made of limestone and is situated at the northern entrance to jaffa on yefet street. after renovations in 1966, the tower sports two clocks (instead of the original four), one on the north side and one on the south side. on this night, only the south-facing clock was alight.

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the sun sets over the old port

along retsif haaliya hashniya, the waterfront street, with the bell tower of st. peter’s church and the minaret of the al-bahr mosque in view, the sun sets over the old port city of jaffa.

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doors in the alley

i travel to photograph.

because one never knows what one will find, it’s always fascinating discovering new places.

such was the case with jaffa (yafo in hebrew), the oldest part of the tel aviv-yafo metropolis. quite simply it is an ancient port city on the mediterranean sea that dates back to biblical times thousands of years ago (shamefully, we did not visit it on our prior visit to israel some 23 odd years prior).

having caught up on some sleep from the jetlag a couple of days before, i was ready for this adventure to begin! we drove down from home base in northern tel aviv, fighting a decent amount of traffic to find a large, free parking lot by the waterfront. it was still relatively early in the day, just before lunch, so the light was not ideal: clear blue skies everywhere, scarcely a cloud anywhere in the sky… the plan was to grab a falafel for lunch, scope things out and hopefully have photographic scenes reveal themselves as we got acquainted with the area. as you can imagine, i was not disappointed… i took an instant liking to this part of the city. it was vibrant with plenty of people about: at the beach, on the port’s waterfront, in the ancient streets… and then there is the history!

falafel found and devoured, we next searched for a tourist information office to get some maps and information. that done, we decided to walk along yefet street, the main shopping district in jaffa, then continue on to the port’s waterfront so we could enter the cobblestoned corridors of the old city.

we spent a lovely, sun-filled afternoon walking around and when the light got better, i got my gear together and went back to a few places that had caught my eye.

these doors were found in an alley off of the aforementioned yefet street, removed from the hustle and bustle of the shops and restaurants further to the north.

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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