Crossposted From Under the Fig Tree
Three cheers for Tel Aviv! Recently, the Lonely Planet travel guide singled out the Mediterranean entrepot as one of its top 10 cities for 2011. “Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the sea,” it noted, adding that “hedonism is the one religion that unites its inhabitants.”
For those more accustomed to associating Israel with the Holy Land than with hedonism, Lonely Planet’s endorsement may set tongues wagging and eyes rolling. And yet, it’s hardly the first guidebook to steer prospective tourists towards the beach or the café and the carefree pursuit of pleasure and away from holy sites and the cultivation of responsibility.