There’s this place smack dab in the center of the boardwalk that stretches from Jaffa to Tel Aviv.

And if you stand there and face the sea, that rolling sea always over-flowing, and you look to your left, you see the ancient port city of Jaffa — a place of artists and poets, of fisherman and tourists. Of ancient stone where shadow and light play off one another.

A place where in the middle of a renovation, an entire archaeological site dating back to the Bronze Age is discovered buried beneath a jewelry store.  So they built a museum around it, because, this is Israel.

And to your right as you face the sea, you see Tel Aviv — that hub of modern commerce, where the conversation still flows from the cafes and pubs at 3 in the morning, where families stroll the boulevards late into the night. Where people from all walks of life meet on the sand, wade in the water, and watch the sunset.

A city of contrasts, of high rises and hovels. Of high minded ideals, and heroin needles on the street. Of traffic. Of beaches. The modern, the ancient, in exquisite and complex syncopation.

A stunning shot of the Mediterranean Sea.  Photo by Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov

A stunning shot of the Mediterranean Sea.
Photo by Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov

 

Faith.  Photo by Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov.

Faith.
Photo by Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov.

 

 

South Tel Aviv

South Tel Aviv

 

"White Night" in Tel Aviv.

“White Night” in Tel Aviv.

 

All you need is...  Photo by Annie Aronheim.

All you need is…
Photo by Annie Aronheim.

 

A panoramic beach view. Photo by Laura Ben-David.

A panoramic beach view.
Photo by Laura Ben-David.

Photo by Annie Aronheim.

Photo by Annie Aronheim.

 

The black cat of Jaffa. Photo by Mary Grossm

The black cat of Jaffa.
Photo by Mary Grossman.

 

Love in Tel Aviv. Photo by Judy Lash Balint

Love in Tel Aviv.
Photo by Judy Lash Balint

 

Tel Aviv by air.  Photo by William Greenfield

Tel Aviv by air.
Photo by William Greenfield

 

Wouldn't be a photo of TLV without a picture of a cat.

Wouldn’t be a photo of TLV without a picture of a cat.

 

Sunset on the Namal. Photo by Alon Shabo.

Sunset on the Namal.
Photo by Alon Shabo.

 

 

Fruits and veggies are abundant in Tel Aviv. Photo by Jael A.

Fruits and veggies are abundant in Tel Aviv.
Photo by Jael A.

Water War!!!! Photo by Guy Prives.

Water War!!!!
Photo by Guy Prives.

 

Tel Aviv University train station.

Tel Aviv University train station.

 

Tel Aviv Beach. Photo by Lani Horn.

Tel Aviv Beach.
Photo by Lani Horn.

 

 

"We have no other land."

“We have no other land.”

 

Reflections. Photo by @irahok on Instagram.

Reflections.
Photo by @irahok on Instagram.

 

 

Dancers in Jaffa. Photo by Freund Jacques.

Dancers in Jaffa.
Photo by Freund Jacques.

 

Vivid Tel Aviv. Photo by Rina Ne'eman.

Vivid Tel Aviv.
Photo by Rina Ne’eman.

 

 

Kite surfing in Tel Aviv. Photo by Mara Friedman

Kite surfing in Tel Aviv.
Photo by Mara Friedman

 

Jaffa oranges. In Jaffa.

Jaffa oranges. In Jaffa.

 

A stunning panoramic view of Tel Aviv. Photo by Brian John Thomas.

A stunning panoramic view of Tel Aviv.
Photo by Brian John Thomas.

 

Jaffa from the air.

Jaffa from the air.
Photo by Miriam Young

 

 

 

Sunset in Tel Aviv.  Photo by Avi Mayer.

Sunset in Tel Aviv.
Photo by Avi Mayer.

 

A cafe in Tel Aviv. At 1:30 in the morning.

A cafe in Tel Aviv. At 1:30 in the morning.

 

A night at the museum.  Photo by Avi Mayer.

A night at the museum.
Photo by Avi Mayer.

 

Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv. Photo by Chana Blomquist Freedman.

Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv.
Photo by Chana Blomquist Freedman.

 

Facing Jaffa. Photo by Avi Mayer.

Facing Jaffa.
Photo by Avi Mayer.

 

"No Smoking." Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

“No Smoking.”
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

Can't you feel the pulse of the city? Photo by Ben Hoffman.

Can’t you feel the pulse of the city?
Photo by Ben Hoffman.

 

Sunset. Photo by Dave Bender.

Sunset.
Photo by Dave Bender.

 

Flying. Photo by Dave Bender.

Flying.
Photo by Dave Bender.

 

Makot. Photo by Guy Prives.

Makot.
Photo by Guy Prives.

Jaffa Port. Photo by Avi Mayer.

Jaffa Port. Photo by Avi Mayer.

 

A wedding in Jaffa.

A wedding in Jaffa.

 

Fishermen of Jaffa.

Fishermen of Jaffa.

 

Stormy weather.

Stormy weather.

 

The bookseller of Jaffa.

The bookseller of Jaffa.

 

Alte Zaken.

Alte Zaken.

 

Arcafe.

Arcafe.

 

Riding on the train. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Riding on the train.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

Challah if you love Tel Aviv. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Challah if you love Tel Aviv.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

The lights of Jaffa. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

The lights of Jaffa.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

 

Art in Jaffa. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

Art in Jaffa.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

 

Jaffa. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

Jaffa.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer.

 

L'chaim. To life! Photo by Jennifer Gutman.

L’chaim. To life!
Photo by Jennifer Gutman.

 

 

Do you have truly amazing photos of Tel Aviv and Jaffa? Send them to me at sarah@timesofisrael.com.