Jaffa Beach is a part of the Mediterranean Coast I hadn’t seen before. It was my first time in Tel Aviv, and I wanted to see the old parts of the city first. I wandered over to Jaffa to walk around for a few hours. Everything old is new again with shops, restaurants and residences embedded in the old stone walls, but you can still sense the history and age of the ancient seaport. I left the city and headed north on Jaffa Beach to see a couple of surfers enjoying the cold Mediterranean afternoon
This photo looking back at Old Jaffa was taken as I stood right next to a modern mural of the last supper. I could guess at all of the characters in this painting but I’m sure I’d be wrong on half of them. I stopped taking pictures of street art a while back, and I only make an exception when the art informs the place I’m visiting or a certain time in the life of the city. Even though this particular artwork involves characters over quite a long span of time, in the perspective of all the history of the city and the country of Israel as a whole this is only a snapshot of the major world shifts this particular piece of soil has likely seen. The melding of old world and new in ancient parts of the world never ceases to fascinate me.