Big News - (No You Aren't Seeing Things!)

Sunday, 23 November 2008

I am sorry to keep talking about the site but something very exciting has happened.

I've had a number of pieces of feedback over the past weeks about the orange text color. It looks cool on some screens and terrible on others! I decided, therefore to take a big step out and change the text to purple. These changes will be made across the site over the next few days. I would like to get feedback on this as well though!

In other news, we've just heard that Delta are, in these times of economic trouble, adding four flights a week from JFK to Tel Aviv - we must be doing something right, Israel wouldnt be getting this if it wasnt cool!

Tourists are flocking to Israel and any help you can give us to help them to be cool there would be great!

Thanks for reading, and I promise there'll be some more exciting developments both on the site and travel in Israel, over the next days...

Until next time,

be cool in israel!

We're out of beta! And other site news

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Yes, thats right, we've decided that the site has got to the stage where we can move out of our beta stages. We are now up and running!

Over the past few weeks we've been working hard to add to the site in content and functionability - we now have a feedback forum on the side of the page, and would love it if you would give us some feedback either through that or by email. What are we doing right, what are we doing wrong, and what should we be doing? We will try to incorporate all your feedback into developing the site. We might be out of beta but we are nowhere near finished!

At the same time, we hav added pages to the site, such as the jeep tours and watersports pages. There is more to come, but again, if there is a page you want, let us know and we'll do our best to get it live very soon.

We've also seen partnerships with other sites rise astronomically over the past few weeks, with more sites taking advantage of our free advertising offer and others simply exchanging links with us. If you would like to do either or something else with us, let us know, and we'll find a way to work with you. If you have a blog, consider linking to us from your blogroll!...please! Remember though, we arent a commercial site, but are just trying to cover our operating costs!

So until next time,

Be Cool in Israel

World's Largest Hummus Dish!

Friday, 14 November 2008

Tel Aviv is turning 100 next year, and the Israeli tourism association decided to kick off their celebrations in an innovative way. They created the largest hummus dish in the world at the World Travel Market fayre in London. The plate was 924 pounds and had a diameter of 13.8 feet!

How did they get such a big plate? They built it on a strengthened trampoline!

There's some food for thought!

Until next time

be cool in Israel

Any Russians Reading?

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Anyone lucky enough to come from the city of Moscow (keep reading, I havent gone mad!) will soon be able to get a highly subsidized trip to the Dead Sea. The city of Moscow is building a $100million resort hotel on the shores of the lowest place on earth, for the benefit of its citizens. The Dead Sea's the waters and minerals have healing properties so this will be a 'medical venture' but its a pretty cool venture!

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Tel Aviv's Eclectic Avenues

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Its rare for the British media to talk about Israel in a non-political sense. The Financial Times have just published a cool article about the eclectic architecture of 'the Mediterranean capital of cool.'

Widely overlooked between Tel Aviv's Bauhaus White City and glass skyscrapers, eclectic architecture is very prominent in the southern side of the city, including Neve Tzedek, and interesting real estate in restored eclectic buildings is in greater demand than Bauhaus.

If you're in Tel Aviv, be sure to keep an eye out for this mix of architectural styles from the early 20th century.

Find the full article here


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Is Tel Aviv an Art Center?

Saturday, 1 November 2008

The New York Times seems to think its getting there...

An article published today suggests that Tel Aviv is beginning to rival London and New York as one of the world's art centers, but, like everything else, Tel Aviv is doing so in its own way.

Contemporary galleries have sprung up across the city over the last five years or so with an incredibly high quality of work. Israeli artists who have been very successful globally are now able to see success at home...great!

With so many contemporary galleries around, its so hard to recommend. Some of our favourites are on the site, but what are yours? Let us know!