Thursday, March 28, 2013

Carmel market

This morning we walked down the Tel Aviv streets to Shuk HaCarmel - The Carmel market. I've been looking forward to visiting the Israeli markets more than just about anything else on this trip. The smells, the colours, the flavours, the people, the noises, the culture...

And Oh. My. Goodness. What an adventure.

We found...

Spices of every type you can imagine.

Towers and stacks of breads of every shape and size, even though it's Passover.

Olives! (I've eaten so many I may just turn into an olive by the end of this.)

So many flavours of Turkish delight.

Pens and iphone cases and clothes and shoes and sunglasses and underwear and jewelery and lighters too.

Have you ever tasted dried pineapple? Dried kiwi fruit? Dried banana? Dried cherries? So much YUM!

Gorgeous looking fresh fruit and veg.

We bought the coffee flavoured halva.

Jazzy's heaven on earth.

Towers of sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeets.


Yep we found some organics too.

We filled our backpacks and we filled our camera memory cards.

We had such a wonderful market day. My heart and my head and my tummy are full.

I feel crazily, ridiculously, inspired and excited.

I hope you are traveling well my friends.
I'll show you the pics I took at the flea market soon.
We're heading to Jerusalem tomorrow early.

Shalom. xx


  1. It looks amazing!

    I love love love love halvah, would have been heaven to visit a halvah stand...

    I have cousins in Israel, perhaps it's time to visit?!

  2. Oh, I want to go to Israel....... There is so much to see.
    Corina from germany

  3. Hi Kate I've loved reading your posts from Israel. It is one place I have never thought to visit. Partly because I have this perception about anywhere in the Middle East being unsafe. Perhaps general ignorance on my part. Then the other night there was something on SBS (I think) featuring markets in Tel Aviv and I was fascinated. Hope you can find the best hummus in town! Your photos and posts tell the best stories - you should be getting sponsored by Israeli Tourism!! I can almost smell those spices - yum!!

  4. I am LOVING your trip. Thanks for taking the time to blog, tweet and instagram. X

  5. I was looking for the camels (must read more carefully).
    That market looks like heaven on earth - dried cherries, coffee halva, lemon turkish delight - drool.

  6. Mmmh, I feel transported back to that market...
    You probably already know this, but nevertheless I wanted to mention that one of the best and most stunning views over the old city in Jerusalem in my opinion is from the rooftop of the Austrian hospice (Via Dolorosa 37, I think) - when you go there shortly before the sunset, it's really a magical atmosphere.
    Hope you have many more "filling" days - in every way!


  7. Oh my, you had me at halva. Kellie xx

  8. Wow - so much to see - the atmosphere three must be amazing. Thank you for taking the time to share with us your family holiday in Israel - it is wonderful to experience it as an armchair traveler. - One day I hope to get there.

  9. I am loving your adventure Kate, looking forward to more updates x

  10. This is even better than your road trip round australia.
    We used to go somewhere called the Danish Teahouse in Jerusalem for chips and hummus, and tea of course.
    Halva and turkish delight, so yummy and it was the first time I had eaten fresh bananas.
    Nick Cee

  11. mmmm... pomegranates are the best!

  12. Wow so much goodness. Love all the olives, I would be in Olive heaven and halva heaven.
    So many spices.
    What a wonderful adventure.
    I did not ever imagine that you once lived in Israel.
    I would love to go one day to Israel. I have family there and my great grandfather lived there, married his first wife there and had children there. He moved to Israel from Bessarabia during the Kishinev Pogroms in the early 1900s.
    Take care and enjoy so many delights, such incredible history so much culture!

  13. my mouth is watering .... everything looks so good.

  14. Loving these photos Kate! It almost feels like we are right there with you..

    Enjoy xx

  15. It's so exciting to see your pictures & hear about your trip! I got to go to Israel on a Birthright trip (an incredible program where they take you to Israel for FREE just for being Jewish!) 5 years ago and I will never forget it. We went absolutely everywhere in the country by bus in just 10 days.

    I think a lot of people think of the Middle East as a 'scary' place, and even though there actually was a terrorist attack blocks away from our hotel in Jerusalem involving a bulldozer hijacking, I still feel like the richness of all of the different cultures, the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that are jampacked into such a small country are very much worth the trip. It is so different in person than what you hear on the news - much more magnificent - so thank you for helping to show this!

  16. I really enjoy your blog, it's number one on my list : )
    And thank you for continuing to share while you're on your exciting trip!

    All the best...


  17. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
    Enjoy!! ♥♥

  18. Amazing! My hubby would be in heaven surrounded by all that incredible food, the smells the flavours and all those olives! x

  19. Mmmmm the spices. The Turkish delight. All of those yummy things. Love your pics Kate. Enjoy the adventure.
    PS theTFB wasnt too bad but ready for them to stop xxxx

  20. Wowsers! That market looks amazing. We were just talking about Israel last weekend and saying what an interesting place it would be to visit. Happy travels! xK

  21. wow great pictures!!!! That market is so so crowded more than here in New York. Love seeing the pictures. Cant wait to see Jeruselem

  22. Oh. My. Goodness. indeed!!!!
    The Halva! The Olives! The land of PLENTY!
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. I stumbled across your blog via another one that I love, and what a find! Loving your photos, they truly bring the sights and sounds of tel Aviv alive. Have always wanted to go there, now I think I will!

  24. I stumbled across your blog via another one that I love, and what a find! Loving your photos, they truly bring the sights and sounds of tel Aviv alive. Have always wanted to go there, now I think I will!

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