(Photos and writings 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

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        

A natural food and vitamin 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 raw form.

In 1947, the British ruled Israel, which back then was called Palestine. An Israeli organization, (called Irgun), that was fighting for freedom, was established against the British regime. Two British sergeants were kidnapped and brought to this grove by the Irgun as a response to the British who had captured three young men from the Irgun, and threatened to put an end to their lives by hanging them. The Irgun threatened to hang the two British Sergeants they had kidnapped should the British go with their plan. The British ignored the Irgun‘s threats and hang those three Israelis. As a response, the Irgun hanged the two British 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.

                     

Here are some photos that reflect free spirit, bundles of joy and social closeness. I shot those photos in Netanya, by the sea, at a local Water Park, BEFORE the Covid-19’s eruption.

Hopefully, those days will return to us very soon.

                   

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