(Photos and art by Shoshana Brand)

I spent some time in Israel in 2020, during the Pandemic months.

I am posting here some photos I had shot during this time. I serve as a Local Guide for Google Maps, so naturally some of these photos also show up on Google Maps as a part of my reviews.

Joy – a clothing boutique, Beit Yitzak, a small town near Netanya

 

A Subway (called Carmelit, named after the Carmel Mountain), located in northern Israel, in the city of Haifa

 

A public statue in Kiryat Hasharon. Local kids changed its look during the Pandemic

 

Greg Cafe – a very popular spot in Haifa, on the Carmel Mountain

 

Kiryat Hasharon (near Netanya), the exterior of the local Community Center

 

A photo series depicting Netanya, a city by the mediterranean sea.

Tall buildings are being built there every day, covering the pure sand, wild flora, and wide blue sky. They rise up as a contrast to the rough and earthy look this town used to carry in the past.

 

A coffee shop with great pastries. A sign on the window reads the Covid-19’s instructions in Hebrew

 

Closed stores and empty shopping centers during the first months of the Covid-19

 

A local mechanic

 

Netanya train station

 

Shufra – a highly popular shoe store, located in a small town called Bitan Aharon

 

A local pharmacy at the mall, Netanya

 

Hanamaru– a highly popular restaurant in a small town called Beit Yitzhak

 

 

A local post office that has kept its old-fashioned homey look, Beit Yitzhak

 

Muskat – a popular restaurant located in a small beautiful town called Udim.

Its design includes Israeli old fashioned decor and newspaper advertisements from the 1950s and 1960s 

 

Vivino, a beautiful restaurant in Bitan Aharon

 

A typical colorful street market that carries fresh vegetables and fruits, Netanya

 

A natural food and vitamins store

 

A gas station

 

A family celebrates the birth of a baby girl

 

A jewelry store at the mall

 

 

The Sergeant Grove, Kiryat Hasharon, Netanya.

This is a nice size park with trees galore. It is supervised and taken care of by the city, but has not being alternated since 1947. The state of Israel wishes to keep this place in its original form.

In 1947, the British ruled Israel, which back then was called Palestine, and an Israeli organization that was fighting for freedom (called Irgun) was established against the British regime. Two British sergeants were kidnapped and brought to this grove by the Irgun after the British had captured three young men from the Irgun, and threatened to hang them. The British hang those three Israelis in spite of the Irgun‘s threats, and as a response, the Irgun hang the two sergeants in this grove.

Today the grove connects different parts of the city, and is a beautiful natural and safe spot to walk, hike and watch the ducks in the winter. It’s even safe and highly inspirational to walk there at night. I spent there lots of hours hiking, doing Tai-Chi, and meeting my friends.

 

Before we’re done – let’s enjoy the look of some photographs that reflect free spirit, and bundles of joy and social closeness. Those photos were shot BEFORE the Covid-19’s eruption in Netanya, by the sea, at a local Water Park. 

Hopefully, those days will return to us soon enough.

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