As I have written in the previous post, the multi culture mix of Israeli population creates an unusual richness of food markets, flea markets and other ethnic markets. Following our digital drawing tour of Jerusalem major markets, We shall tour now the Jaffa colorful flee market, which is located in vicinity to the “Saraya” – the nineteen century ancient Turkish government center as well as the Clock Tower square.
Jaffa ancient flee market used to be a regular Arab and Mediterranean market which also included artisan shops. All buildings and alleys were small and narrow and unclean. In 1948, following Israel war of independence, many Jews who immigrated from Bulgari moved into the market without changing its Mediterranean character.
In the last 40 years the market has been beautifully renovated, while preserving its architecture and style. It now combines a big flea market with tens of shops, many coffee houses and restaurants. A large number of tourists from all over the world and Israelis visit the market every day as part of their visits to Jaffa .
In my many Digital Hand Free painting journeys in Jaffa I was inspired by the colors of the flee market, its noises and odors and obviously its great coffee houses.
I hope you can that I have been able to convey my great enthusiasm during these journeys.