On Tuesday, our last full day of chol hamoed Sukkot, a morning appointment left us only a few hours of daylight. I said, “Let’s go to the beach!” We wanted something fairly close. I searched for information about the Bat Yam beach and found a glowing description of the tayelet, or promenade.
Bat Yam is not known as a tourist attraction. A relatively poor city, it absorbed large numbers of immigrants in the 50s, mainly from Turkey. In the 90s Russian immigrants found a home there.
The beach is well cared for and has so far escaped the over-development you see in places like Tel Aviv and Netanya. According to Wikipedia, one of the beaches is among the best in the country for surfing.
Here is my son building a sand castle. You can see the palm trees and apartment buildings lining the main street that borders the beach.
After the kids had their fill of sand we walked further until we found this excellent playground:
Figurines bordering the playground. There was also a set of public exercise equipment, and a school with a basketball court. Fortunately we’d brought our ball.
Bat Yam produced a model of a future street with wind turbines and solar panels.
Not only was the Bat Yam tourist office open, it advertised activities for tourists and families.
My husband noticed that different activities are listed in English and Hebrew. The Hebrew offers a butterfly adventure, while the English recommends a gastronomic event. When he asked the tourist office about the discrepancy, he was told that the butterfly activity was for children, as the poster indicates I guess Bat Yam figures that tourists don’t have children and that Israelis aren’t interested in gastronomy. Or perhaps the tour isn’t kosher and they want to keep it off the haredi radar. Another sign mentioned seafood.
This flower was planted in the shade of the promenade wall.
These guys were walking down the street with their instruments to promote water conservation. The sign behind them says, “So you want to come and can’t find a babysitter?” along with activities for kids.
Sunset and sky:
So where have you visited this holiday? If you’ve written about it, please leave a link in the comments.
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