ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, TRAVEL

Tel Aviv Visual Diary: Market life, part 2

19th March 2017

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Welcome to part 2 of my trip of my Tel Aviv visual diary series from my 4 day trip last year.  It’s not easy scanning through hundred dozens of pictures from the trip, some good ones, some bad, some blurred.  Had a slight hiccup with the camera, a technical fault caused from heat and humidity, which led to corrupted file in the memory card (I forgot to pack some silica packets), what can you do hey?  Today it’s all about the good stuff – markets!  Yes, the arts and crafts, food, antique and flea markets.

So, without further ado, here are my highlights:

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A perfect day for a stroll down Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair where there are over 30 curated artists curated showcase and sell their unique creations, from hand-made jewellery, glassware, weavings, paintings, toys and household items.  It’s interesting to see a couple of artists doing their work right in front you. There are fabric shops located around the neighbourhood, perfect for fashion and home-craft enthusiasts, students and designers alike.

The market runs from the top end of Nachalat Binyamin Street (the junction with Allenby Street, King George Street, and Sheinkin Street.  Opens every Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Carmel Market (Shuk HaKarmel) is the largest fruit and vegetable marketplace in Tel Aviv and a popular hotspot to sample local specialities, you’ll find pretty much every thing here from fruit and vegetables, exotic spices, tea, snacks, clothes, shoes, toys, dvds and electrical appliances. Food stalls and hipster cafes dotted around the neighbourhood, and plenty of vegan treats and local craft beers.  Walking through the crowded market the buzz and the smell coming from the food stalls (omg yes, mouth watering sizzling piping hot falafels and hummus) was incredible!  The culinary culture here is intense.

Carmel Market – 39 HaKarmel Street.

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A quick nose around at Sarona Market.  A modern indoor culinary market consists of imported cheeses from across the globe, premium balsamic vinegar from Italy, fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean,  French champagne, exotic spices from the Far East, international food stalls and restaurants, chocolates and hand-made pastries, fruits and vegetables, and Israeli’s variety of, quite addictive, Tahini Halvas.

Sarona Market, 3 Kalman Magen Street.

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This twice-weekly antique and flea market is located smack bang in the middle of Dizengoff Square and shopping area, sitting next to the Bauhaus building of Hotel Cinema Esther and surround Bauhaus buildings.  If you love vintage fashion and second hand stuff, this car-boot-ish vibe is the place to dig out a bargain or two.

Flea Market at Dizengoff Square – 5-9 Kikar Dizengoff.

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Out of all the flea markets I’ve visited in Tel Aviv, Jaffa flea market is definitely my favourite place to browse and shop, filled endless categories of merchandise to be found, antiques, bric-and brac, and hidden gems, but also local hip cafes, restaurants and bars, independent boutiques for quirky finds, all in one place. Great friendly vibe. I mean super friendly vibe, a local pensioner approached me to say hello and offered me a warm welcome hug, and of course I obliged.  Definitely a worthy visit!

Jaffa flea market – Olei Zion Street, Old Jaffa.

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Great end to a great trip!  I hope my next visit to Israel will be Haifa and Jerusalem.


Kit Lee was a guest of The Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates year-round flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, starting from £104 one way (£163 return).


 

ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, TRAVEL

Tel Aviv Visual Diary: Art Life, part 1

7th March 2017

Tel Aviv is a vibrant, trendy, cosmopolitan city with great beaches, sun, amazing food, exciting night life and super LGBT friendly.  I didn’t think I would end up falling in love with this place after familiarising with its surroundings, despite the feeling negative effect on what goes between the borders, politic instability and its effects on tourism. I can assure you Tel Aviv is a safe city, and the locals here are super friendly.  Any art and architecture lover (and foodies) Tel Aviv should be on your bucketlist!

Step in to the street art of Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighbourhood, one of the key areas for discovering street art.  Graffiti art and mural art adorning its streets, back-alleys and shop shutters. Revealing a strong sense of self-expression as well as social and political awareness (scroll gallery above), otherwise, creativity randomness through different mediums.

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Located in the heart of the old Jaffa, Ilana Goor Musuem is a residence museum displaying wide selection of artwork by self taught artist Ilana Goor and other Israeli and international artists, including Diego Giacometti, Henry Moore, Joseph Albers, Yigal Tumarkin and others. From Jewish art, iron furnitures, figurative art to eclectic sculptures, distributed in a unique gallery space housed in an old 18th century building that was restored by Goor herself.  The building was formerly an inn for the pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, factory for the manufacture of soaps and perfumes, and served as a synagogue before restoring the building into, what’s now, a residence museum.

Ilana Goor Musuem, 4 Mazal Dagim Street, Old Jaffa.

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Tel Aviv is one of the great examples of distinctive Bauhaus architecture, and frankly the world’s best preserved Bauhaus buildings.  I’m, however, utterly jealous.  Tel Aviv have Bauhaus.  We, London, have Brutalist.

Based on a minimalist approach which features its signature sleek streamlined style, with ocean liner or aerodynamic forms, graceful curves, bold colour and visual compositions inspired by the use of clean geometric forms – square, circle and triangle.

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One of my favourite spots for original Bauhaus-style buildings in Tel Aviv, Hotel Cinema Esther.  It was originally one of the first movie theaters in Tel Aviv before being converted in to a modern-stylish hotel, keeping the original Art Deco decors giving a sense of nostalgia and old cinema experience.  With rooftop terrace views across Dizengoff Square and its neighbouring Bauhaus-style residential buildings.

Hotel Cinema Esther, 1 Zamenhoff Street.

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Rothschild Boulevard in White City has a large concentration of original Bauhaus buildings in the world, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003.  Walk along the beautiful tree-lined street filled with charming cafes, shops, coffee kiosks, residential villas, night clubs, and so many more to see and do along the famous street.

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Other interesting Bauhaus and modern buildings every Bauhaus lover and architect needs to see:

  • Habima Theatre, 19 Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Engel House, 81 Rothschild Boulevard.
  • Krieger House, 71 Rothschild Boulevard.
  • Dunkelblum House, 3 Yael Street.
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and The Herta and Paul Amir Building, 27 Sderot Sha’ul HaMelech.

Stay tuned for the second part on Tel Aviv Visual Diary: Art Life.

Kit Lee was a guest of The Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates year-round flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, starting from £104 one way (£163 return).


EVENT

Happy 2017

1st January 2017

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To all my friends, family, readers and lurkers, may you have a healthy, joyful, and prosperous new year!


LIFESTYLE

Merry Christmas!

23rd December 2016

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

P.s I’ll try my best to blog regularly in 2017.  If all fails, head over to Instagram @styleslicker

Kit x


FOOD & EATERY, TRAVEL, UK

Plymouth Seafood Festival

19th November 2016

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As a massive fan of all seafood, I was lucky enough to visit Plymouth Seafood Festival a couple of months ago.  Plymouth’s annual event took place on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour over the weekend of September, a record turnout on last year.

Unlike those big sponsored annual food festivals in London I attended in the past, food were so-so, deliberately overpriced and style over substance. This annual event is very local, family friendly, help support local fishermen while also promoting sustainable seafood caught off the shores and educating consumers, understanding the importance of sustainable fishing in the UK, and what the event has to offer.  Did you know Plymouth Fisheries is England’s second largest fresh fish market?

Without further ado, here’s the visual diary of my visit.

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Local Plymouth chefs cooking up a storm at the live outdoor cookery demonstration.

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With array of stalls rocking up some mouthwatering street food, range of local produce including fresh fish, cheese, Cornish and Devonish Liqueurs (so delicious).  Lively entertainment, activities and craft stands to keep young and old visitors entertained.

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Dan The Fish Man – this popular stall has certainly caught my attention. Drawn by the smell of Dan’s cooking; seafood paella (my favourite Spanish dish) and chowder cooked in a giant pot and pan filled with fresh local ingredients and fresh fish caught from Clovelly in North Devon.

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A long walk after eating to burn some calories, starting from the narrow cobbled streets and picturesque Tudor and Jacobean buildings on the Barbican Waterfront.

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A walk along the Victorian promenade of Plymouth Hoe, with incredible bay views and historical old buildings, fortified medieval castle and Smeaton’s Lighthouse.  Strolling past an Art Deco Tinside Lido is a classic example of the quintessential British seaside from the begone era.  Although it was quite windy from the sea breeze, with sea crashing the limestone rocks, I had an enjoyable time.


Kit Lee was a guest of Plymouth Seafood Festival 2016 (click HERE for more info).
A 2 night stay (B&B) courtesy of Moorland Garden Hotel in Dartmoor.
Great Western Railway runs daily trains from London Paddington to Plymouth.


 

EUROPE, SWITZERLAND, TRAVEL

Graubünden Visual Diary: St.Moritz

27th September 2016

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My trip to Graubünden part 2.

St.Moritz famously hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1928 and 1948, and today it’s known as the cradle of modern winter sports.  No wonder my friends who are seasoned skiers disappear off London to ski in St.Moritz every February.  Apart from being the world class winter destination for winter sports, it’s also a popular destination for summer activities, leisure, shopping or weekend breaks.  The electrifying backdrop speaks for itself.  You can’t leave St.Moritz without sampling its famous Swiss chocolates, the cakes and beverages at Hauser Cafe and Hotel is one of the best places for authentic Swiss creamy chocolate treats.

Here are some of my highlights of the trip.  Scenery and greenery, mostly.

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Probably one of the most spectacular lakes I’ve ever seen, you have a giant theatre in front of you.  It’s actually a smaller than the main lakes in St.Mortiz – Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana. The beautiful surrounding lake of Upper Engadin Valley, is used for water sports in summer and winter sports in winter.  Can’t imagine what it’s like to skate across the frozen lake during the cold winter months, I wonder if you can do ice-fishing here too.  I would just sit here and watch the man and his dog on the paddle board all day long.

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LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Still Life Test Shots With Knot and Pop

21st September 2016

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A fun still life test shoot session with Susie at Knot and Pop studio the other weekend.  Fussing around and styling with Columbia Road Flower Market finds and wedding display props to play around with to create a mish-mash still life to test out our new Fuji gear – Susie’s Fujifilm X-T10 and my latest investment buys, the Fujifilm X-T2 which has recently launched in the UK last week.  All shot on natural daylight, indoor, light slightly blocked by the shelves, ceiling fluorescent tube light (not really my ideal choice of light for natural daylight photography), and a huge white reflector to fill in some light.  Minimal edit.  The photos turned out okay.


 

EUROPE, SWITZERLAND, TRAVEL

Graubünden Visual Diary: Davos

30th August 2016

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I’ve had the opportunity to experience some of the best hotels in the world.  Renowned hotels such as St.Regis Singapore, Fairmont Baku, Le Meridien Nice, Westin Hong Kong and many more.  Don’t judge.  A couple months ago, I was invited by Graubünden tourist board to visit Davos and St.Moritz and stay in a youth hostel.  I haven’t stayed in a youth hostel since primary school days, I didn’t enjoy the experience.  I was willing to give it a go.  This hostel experience would serve a valuable purpose and enhance your travel experience for budget travellers.

A scenic train journey from Zurich towards Graubünden, eastern region of Switzerland.  A dramatic change of scenery from city to rural town, led me to a wonderful sensory experience.  A boom of colour gradient from 50 shades of granitic sandstones to 50 shades of tranquil greens.  Davos an awfully long way from the city but there’s a catch, it’s a perfect weekend getaway to refresh your mind from work and hectic lifestyle.  Davos and St.Moritz provides a money-saving schemes to tourists who are staying at youth hostels or holiday apartments for more than 1 night, a Davos Klosters guest card and a St.Moritz guest card allows you to access to discount on admissions, unlimited free rides on all cable car rides and public transport.  I will explain about this amazing benefit later on, but first things first, here are the highlights of my trip to Graubünden.  First stop is Davos, home to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and ski resorts.

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The Adventure Park Davos Färich* is situated at the foot of Färich mountain pass, a short walking distance from the youth hotel and right to the newly-built shimmering egg-like Intercontinental hotel.  A fun outdoor adventure activities combining a bike park and high wire park, explore the forest canopy through suspended obstacles, swings and zip lines, with fully trained equipped staff to guide you through the course, suitable for children of all ages and abilities.  A great way to explore nature and unleash your inner Tarzan – all with an incredible view.  As for me I’m scared of heights, I’m happy to be scaredy Jane.

As a lover of all things meaty juicy sausages.  You can’t leave the adventure park without sampling Chalet Velo’s grilled cervelat, a type of Swiss sausage similar to frankfurter but smokier, they contain a mixture of beef, bacon, and pork rind.  They’re referred to as summer sausage or blockwurst.  I had mine served with sides – colourful salad and a generous amount of fries seasoned with their secret herbs.  It was de-li-cious!

Flüelastrasse 27, 7260 Davos, Switzerland.

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COLLABORATION, JEWELLERY

Style Slicker x CARAT* London

20th July 2016

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I know I barely show my face on the blog but hey I’m shy and prefer working behind the lens, okay?

I’ve worked with CARAT* London for 2 years now and had a lot of fun wearing their jewellery pieces on a few campaign projects, very pleased they invited me to collaborate with them again last month (all featured on Instagram account).  Shot last month, at home in natural daylight when summer barely arrived, these were the results.  The looks were kept simple, non-editorial, just me, the ‘real’ me. I was wearing a few well-chosen pieces from their Serpentine collection;

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