“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
Between Jaffa to Tel-Aviv I stumbled across a tiny and curious neighbourhood with some old wooden houses: the American Colony. In this minuscule stylish quarter I discovered an intense Cross-Cultural reality. Unraveling the cultural logic behind the odd collection of buildings, I discovered life stories of communities and individuals from the United Stated of America, Australia, Yemen, Germany and many other nations.
In this Cross-Cultural Tel Aviv Jaffa Tour you will hear the story of the pioneering community from Mane who settled in with grand aspirations and hopes. You shall follow the American dreams of the settlers and their transformations when encountering local levantine cultures. You will visit little back yards and peek into the quarter’s exquisite church. You will discover the renewed legendary fashion house, boutique hotel and a unique collection of glass-slate pictures from the 19th century. You will experience the links between urban design, religious community dreams and the stunning impact cultures have on one another when they encounter and at times, clash.
Meeting Point: HaRabi MiBachrach St. 26, Tel Aviv
Timetable: 2 Hours
Languages: English, Hebrew, French
What People Are Saying
“It’s rare that you follow a city tour in midday sun without even realizing the time passing by as you are listening to the guide’s words spellbound – but this is what might happen to you when participating in one of Ilyll’s cross-cultural Tel Aviv tours.”
– Fabien A.
“Besides interesting and precise facts Ilyll provided about architecture, history, politics, past – and especially interesting links to the present society of Israel – her always smiling way of Interaction with the whole group was amazing.”
– Jasmin S.