Gay Tel Aviv is wishing for peace

Author: , July 30th, 2014

Who would have thought, even only a month ago, that this is how summer of 2014 will look like? I still remember us dancing and laughing on Gay Pride Tel Aviv, walking down the streets and feeling the warm winds of summer arriving slowly to our sleepless, crazy, vivid Gay Tel Aviv city, with an optimistic promises for an unforgettable summer new experiences, and new friends.

It crazy how fast can our reality change into something completely different. Instead of thousands of tourists arriving from all over the world, filling the streets, the restaurants, the beaches ,the numerous hotels in Tel Aviv, and basically the entire city, we only see half packed venues, instead of hearing laughs we mostly hear crying, instead of peace and good neighboring, we’re in the middle of war.

This are one of the most difficult paradox in our lives – being in such a politically charged situation, surrounded by difficult neighbors, while trying to live our daily routine , as do all the rest of us in other countries, is even hard during calmer days, not to mention during times of war and vengeance. The feelings are mixed and you are torn between the bad news you hear on TV, the alarms you hear almost everyday, which send you right to the closest shelter and the weird vibe which is not familiar the the hedonist vibe of Gay Tel Aviv, and the inner force which makes you want to go on with your normal life, makes you want to go dancing, to tell your friends from abroad not to give on their Gay travel Israel plans, to go tanning at the beach and to let yourself escape from this hard reality.

At the moment, we’re still in the middle of this war, without knowing when and how it will end. It’s weird to even think about Gay Israel travel or to recommend on some of the new Gay friendly hotels in Tel Aviv which were recently opened, or even to deal with anything that has to do with friends and visitors from abroad. Let’s just pray for better days, hope that this too will end soon and things will, slowly go back to normal, and let’s all pray for peace in the Middle East!

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Updates for Gay Pride Tel Aviv 2014

Author: , June 11th, 2014

June is finally here, and with it, the warm days and the cool evening breezes, the opening of the swimming season, both at the several swimming pools in town and of course – at the beaches, the numerous open air events and open air bars, the overflow of tourists (and obviously of gay tourists!) from all over the world, and one big, happy, colorful Gay Pride Tel Aviv parade.

As on every year, Gay Tel Aviv city throws one of the biggest, loudest, happiest prides in the world, with a strong emphasis on on bringing Gay tourists to celebrate Gay Pride Tel Aviv with the locals. During that time of the year, almost all of the Gay hotels Tel Aviv offers (and actually almost all the hotels in Tel Aviv) are fully booked, with reservations made several month earlier, so If you’re planning on coming to this year’s Gay Pride Tel Aviv week, and still haven’t booked your hotel in Tel Aviv, it might be a slightly problem, but don’t let it stop you from attending Gay Tel Aviv awaiting weekend: with some efforts you’ll find a place to crash, and you sure don’t want to miss this year’s Gay Israel’s secular capital’s attractions for Gay Pride Tel Aviv 2014.

Pride month has already started with the annual TLV Fest – Gay Tel Aviv’s film festival, with a most interesting and diverse content. During the festival, which takes places at the Cinematheque, you can watch many gay and lesbian films from all over the world, participate in master classes, attend film pitching and mingle with cultural Gays and Lesbians.

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The official Gay Beach Tel Aviv, the Hilton Beach, also already started its activity, with its magnificent Pride Beach event: live DJ sets from the talented local Gay and Lesbian Djs, right on the beach, throughout the day, bringing all swimmers and sunbather the best music around – priceless.

The official Gay Pride Tel Aviv parade will take place this Friday (June 13th), with a different route this year – It will start at Gan Meir as always, walk through Bugrashov Street, then, via Gay Tel Aviv beach promenade will head south, till it ends at Charles Clore Park, just a few meters before Jaffa. As the park is bigger than Gordon Beach (where the parade ended in the past), there is more room for people, access for the disabled, convenient space for the Gay families etc. Right after Gay Pride Tel Aviv parade, you’ll be ready to hit the main Gay parties (Shirazi’s FFF and Forever Tel Aviv), after parties, and maybe even get some time to rest before this dreamy Gay holiday in Tel Aviv is over.

Happy Pride!

Outside of Gay Tel Aviv

Author: , April 16th, 2014

Usually, a vacation in Gay Israel consists of visiting only Tel Aviv. It’s true that Tel Aviv is by far the most Gay friendly, open minded, liberal and hedonistic city in Israel, and that all major Gay events, including Gay Pride Tel Aviv, the annual Gay film festival – TLV Fest, the Lesbian film festival – Lethal Lesbian 3, countless parties and after parties and almost any other Gay event which comes to mind, take place in the city, but still, there are some worth seeing spots outside of the vivid city.

If time is on your side, take it and use it to visit at least one or two unforgettable spots, which will give a deeper angle to your Gay Israel vacation, The first spot you really should visit is, obviously, the holy city of Jerusalem. The controversial, beautiful, hypnotizing city, on which so many words were written and tears were shed, is waiting for you within an hour drive from Gay Tel Aviv’s center. Whether you go on a Gay group tour Israel‘s gay travel agencies are running, on a regular tour or on your own, you will undoubtedly be amazed by its historical ruins, special atmosphere and breathtaking views, not to mention its colorful markets and excellent food (some of the best hummus restaurants are located in Jerusalem). There aren’t so many Gay events or Gay bars in Jerusalem, and Jerusalem pride is not as huge as Gay Pride Tel Aviv, due to the immnese oposition of the Orthodox Jews, populating most of the city, but still, you can always find what to do even in here, or you can quicly come back to Tel Aviv. 

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Another most popular destination is the Dead Sea and Masada area. Located in the south of the country, at the Judaean Desert, where you can visit the ruins of Herod the Great’s fortress, which is a sign and a symbol for the long lost Jewish society, who fought the Romans till death, Then, you will reach the lowest point on the face of Earth : the Dead Sea; floating on its water will leave you awed by the wonders of nature. Take the time and treat yourself with a healing mud bath or any other spa treatment you wish, and fix your mood, body and soul, just before heading back to Tel Aviv, to continue your fantastic vacation in Gay Israel

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Gay Tel Aviv Pride 2014

Author: , March 10th, 2014

One of the major events in Gay Tel Aviv’s life is the annual pride parade, taking place every year at mid- June, right in the middle of the hot Israeli summer. Over the last couples of years, Tel Aviv parade has become on of the most popular parades in the world, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe for an entire weekend of pride, parties, sun, sea and fun.

Gay Tel Aviv pride parade has changed over the years: from a small, scared, underground procession to a huge event, with more than 100000 participants from the entire sexual spectrum: lesbians, gays, bisexuals, queers, trans and even straights! This sharp increase of numbers has also changed the parade’s character, with many disputes between some groups of the LGBT community, who think the parade is now too commercial, and misses out on the real important points it stands for.

But politics aside, Gay Tel Aviv pride is always a reason to celebrate: the city’s all decorated with the rainbow flags, all of the hotels are packed with people (especially the gay ones – Eden Boutique hotel for example), many of the business (not only the gay ones!) offer special deals during the parade weekend, there a gay film festival in town, many gay events, parties and after-parties and even the gay beach (Hilton beach) is crowded than usual, with a daily live DJ session on every day of the week before the parade, to get the visitors into the mood.

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The highlight of course is the parade itself. The last few parades were launched from Gan Meir (where is located the Israeli gay center)and then, wandered the streets of Tel Aviv till they reached Gordon beach, for a crazy, humid, colorful pride party. The stage At Gordon beaches will, again, host this year many local talents (Djs, performers, dancers etc) who will keep the party going till Shabbat enters (around 6 pm). Then, it’s time to get some rest before continuing the pride ceremonies in one of the many gay parties happening in town.

This year’s Gay Tel Aviv pride will take place on June 12th, with many new surprises planned, to be announced really soon.

Street food in Tel Aviv

Author: , February 27th, 2014

If you’re into food, restaurants, new tastes and exciting adventures, Tel Aviv should definitely come across your culinary travel plans. Israel, being a country of immigrants who came here on different times, from different countries and continents, has a unique kitchen; a blend of cultures, tastes, flavors and traditions, which, all together, created the Israeli taste.

The best way to get to know the genuine roots of the Israeli kitchen (assuming you don’t have relatives in here, who can cook you traditional food) is to wander around gay Tel Aviv streets and markets, and to taste everything you can.

First timers in Tel Aviv should start with tasting the popular street food Israel excels in. The first step you be, without a doubt, a warm, tasty, plate of Hummus. These mashed chickpeas blended with tahini and lemon juice, are a divine delicacy, with a high addictive risk. The pious eat it for breakfast, but you can eat it whenever you want. You can find hummus place everywhere you go, the city is packed with small homey Hummus restaurants, but the holder of the title “best hummus in the world” is Abu Hassan in Jaffa.

Hummus is often served with Falafel (another famous Israeli dish) – small fried balls of minced chickpeas, and with Pita bread. The entire Hummus meal is cheap, vegan, healthy and delicious.

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The second step is to taste a good dose of Shawarma. Shawarma is made out of turkey, chicken or lamb (you can also choose a mix dish) grilled on a vertical spit for many hours, served in Pita bread or Lafa bread wrap, with hummus, tahini, vegetable salad, fries, and hot peppers. It is so good, you will devour it in a few minutes, and then you’ll need to rest for a while.

The last kind of famous Pita bread delicatessen is called Sabich. No one really knows the origins of the name, but there are many theories, and many Sabich vendors who claim to be the best. Sabich is, as said, Pita bread filled with hummus, eggplants, boiled egg, tahini, amba sauce, parsley, white cabbage and vegetables salad. And yes, it’s that great. Best Sabich place is on Tchernihovsky Street; just on the junction with Allenbi and a few minutes walk from Brown hotel (a beautiful boutique gay hotel in Tel Aviv) and from the beach.

That was just the first introduction to Israeli street food… to be continued!

Purim Carnival in gay Tel Aviv

Author: , February 2nd, 2014

One of the most fun, happy, colorful times in Israel is when Purim carnival is on; it’s when the only Mitzvah (command) is to be happy, joyful, and drunk.

The origins of Purim are commenced way back, in ancient times, at the great Persian Empire, when Haman the evil (The Persian King’s secretary) had a master plan of annihilating the entire Jewish people living in the Persian Empire. He held a lot, (in Hebrew- PUR- therefore the name of the holiday) in which was decided that this mass murder shall happen in 13 of Nissan (Jewish month). Luckily, the vicious plan was thwarted by Mordechai and Esther the braves, turning Ester to the queen of Persia.

Ever since, on each 13 of Nissan (according to the Jewish calendar, that’s why each year the dates are different, but it’s always somewhere around March), Jewish people, from all around the world, celebrate the happy ending of that plot while practicing the main traditional customs: exchanging Mishloah Manot (food presents), dressing up in fine, funny costumes, reading the Megillah (the Biblical book where the story was recorded), and basically, partying, drinking and eating for 3 entire days.

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 You can only imagine, therefore, how fun it is to be in gay Tel Aviv during that time! The city get overcrowded with thousands of people in disguise, there are even more parties than usual, including a street masquerade, and a gay infamous after party (starting at noon till very late in the night) by Shirazi – Tel Aviv gay nightlife scene’s king, to which you must dress up in order to get in (and yes, it’s even wilder than you think), everyone is cheerful and happy, and for 3 entire days, the city gets a magical vibe and atmosphere, giving you, and all the rest, a chance to be whoever they want to be.

 Considering the fact that the Israeli climate is relatively comfortable all year’s round, and that there’s not a real winter in here, Purim time (this year it will be celebrated on March 13-17) can be a great break from the cold European or American winter, in which you can stay at one of the many gay hotels in Tel Aviv and enjoy this colorful, happy, time in the city. There’s even a slight chance of catching some sun!

Cocktail Time in Tel Aviv!

Author: , January 15th, 2014

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No matter if the weather is nice and warm, foggy, rainy or extremely cold (actually it’s never extremely cold in Israel), we all, or maybe it’s just me, are always looking for the perfect place and time to have our awaited cocktail! And what better time can it be, to search for the perfect one, if not while on a gay vacation in Tel Aviv?

There are many great places in Tel Aviv in which you can have tasty cocktails and drinks, some of them are outdoors, making Israeli summer almost bearable, with the cool sea breeze accompanying the drinks, some of them are more intimate, some are packed while other are always busy, the best way to find your place is just to wander the streets of the city, and choose.

Recently, a new trend has become really popular in Tel Aviv:  more and more bars in the city are serving original, interesting cocktails, and even some new bars, which were just opened, specialize in cocktails only, and serve you the best one you ever had.  Most of them are located in some of Tel Aviv hotel’s lobbies, but there are open to the public, not only to the specific hotel’s guests.

The long term, old fashioned, classic cocktail of all seasons is, with a doubt, the Mojito. The combination of rum, sugar, and mint leaves, make our existence much bearable, and most important- much happier. Mojito is a classic, well- known cocktail, the kind of cocktail bartenders always love to quickly fix you, and the kind of cocktail who will leave you wanting more. You can find great Mojito at Eden Hotel, a boutique gay hotel in Tel Aviv, which has a beautiful rooftop, on which can truly take a break from life while drinking a perfect Mojito.

An excellent cocktail bar recently opened at Hayrkon Street, at Imperial hotel’s lobby, is the Imperial bar.  It is classy, with a warm atmosphere and feeling, corresponding with the early 50’s. The lights are low, the music is mostly jazz music and blues, and the cocktails are simply amazing. No matter what cocktail you prefer, the professional staff will fix it perfectly for you. Take a chance and let them fix you an original, surprising, new cocktail, which will surely take you to another dimension. After that, you’re really ready to explore gay Tel Aviv!

You can’t write about cocktails without mentioning the notorious Apple-Martini cocktail. This allegedly innocent cocktail is also one of the classics, and is being shacked in many bars and restaurants, but if that’s your favorite one, you should definitely go to Hotel Montefiore, one of the most popular and appreciated of Tel Aviv’s hotels. It has its own trendy restaurant, open to the public and is known for its great cocktails, especially the Apple Martini, which is just heavenly.

There are many other locations and venues, in which one can get real good cocktails, accompanied by small snacks or even gourmet food. I truly recommend finding your favorite spot in town, and make it a pause from life, a quality time with yourself or with friends.

Cheers!