Center City

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Our hotel, the Leonardo Plaza, was located in the Center City area of Jerusalem, close to the Old City and close to numerous dining options. It overlooked Independence Park a pleasant - and very 1970's oasis of green amidst the built environment. The area just to the north of our hotel on Rehov Harav Avida housed some old abandoned buildings that I found strangely compelling.

As a student of Chinese restaurants, I made it a point to seek out Chinese restaurants on our few evenings of non-catered dining. Compared to their ubiquity in New York City, I was surprised to find them comparatively rare in Israel - although the scope of our tour was likely not a thorough random geographic sampling. The closest I could find in Jerusalem was the River Noodle Bar, a pleasant establishment which would probably be better categorized as Pan Asian than Chinese. I would have to wait until our last meal in Tel Aviv to find something more closely resembling what Americans call Chinese food.

Center City - Ben Yehuda Street
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Ben Yehuda Street
Center City - Ben Yehuda Street
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Ben Yehuda Street
Center City - Dinner
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Dinner
Center City - Restaurant
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Restaurant
Center City - Shoes
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Shoes
Center City - More shoes
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More shoes
Center City - Our hotel - Leonardo Plaza
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Our hotel - Leonardo Plaza
Center City - Leonardo Plaza
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Leonardo Plaza
Center City - Leonardo Plaza
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Leonardo Plaza
Center City - Leonardo Plaza
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Leonardo Plaza
Center City - Leonardo Plaza
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Leonardo Plaza
Center City - Apartment building
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Apartment building
Center City - Abraham Lincoln Street!
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Abraham Lincoln Street!
Center City - George Washington Street!
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George Washington Street!
Center City - Sunrise
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Sunrise
Center City - Harry Wilf Park (Independence Park)
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Harry Wilf Park (Independence Park)
Center City - Independence Park
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Independence Park
Center City - Independence Park
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Independence Park
Center City - Independence Park
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Independence Park
Center City - Independence Park
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Independence Park
Center City - Curb your dog
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Curb your dog
Center City - Cool 70's design
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Cool 70's design
Center City - Water fountain
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Water fountain
Center City - Water fountain
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Water fountain
Center City - King David Hotel
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King David Hotel
Center City - Hooded crows
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Hooded crows
Center City - Hooded crow
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Hooded crow
Center City - Independence Park
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Independence Park
Center City - House on Gershon Agron
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House on Gershon Agron
Center City - Waldorf-Astoria
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Waldorf-Astoria
Center City - Waldorf-Astoria
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Waldorf-Astoria
Center City - Waldorf-Astoria
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Waldorf-Astoria
Center City - Waldorf-Astoria
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Waldorf-Astoria
Center City - Waldorf-Astoria
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Waldorf-Astoria
Center City - Alrov Mamilla Residences
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Alrov Mamilla Residences
Center City - 10 Kariv Street
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10 Kariv Street
Center City - 10 Kariv Street
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10 Kariv Street
Center City - 10 Kariv Street
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10 Kariv Street
Center City - Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
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Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
Center City - Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
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Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
Center City - Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
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Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
Center City - Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
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Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
Center City - Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
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Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
Center City - Pomegranite tree
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Pomegranite tree
Center City - Pomegranite tree
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Pomegranite tree
Center City - Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
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Hassenfeld Amphitheatre
Center City - Water bottle recycling bin
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Water bottle recycling bin
Center City - McDonalds
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McDonalds
Center City - Old building
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Old building
Center City - Old building
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Old building
Center City - Old building
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Old building
Center City - Old building
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Old building
Center City - Old buildings
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Old buildings
Center City - Old Buildings
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Old Buildings
Center City - Old buildings
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Old buildings
Center City - Rehov Harav Avida
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Rehov Harav Avida
Center City - Interior
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Interior
Center City - Old building
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Old building
Center City - Sunrise
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Sunrise
Center City - Center City
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Center City
Center City - Independence Park
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Independence Park
Center City - City of Jerusalem banner
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City of Jerusalem banner
Center City - King George at Ha'Keren Ha'Kayemet Le-Israel
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King George at Ha'Keren Ha'Kayemet Le-Israel
Center City - Old Knesset Building
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Old Knesset Building
Center City - Old Knesset Building
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Old Knesset Building
Center City - Old Knesset Building
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Old Knesset Building
Center City - Man reading newspaper
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Man reading newspaper
Center City - Cat watching man reading newspaper
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Cat watching man reading newspaper
Center City - Truly transworld delivery
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Truly transworld delivery
Center City - Hotel bomb shelter?
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Hotel bomb shelter?
Center City - One last sunrise in Jerusalem
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One last sunrise in Jerusalem
Center City - Cat in garbage
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Cat in garbage
Center City - Container being delivered
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Container being delivered
Center City - Central Synagogue
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Central Synagogue
Center City - Floor bomb shelter
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Floor bomb shelter
Center City - River noodle bar
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River noodle bar
Center City - River noodle bar
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River noodle bar
Center City - River Noodle Bar menu
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River Noodle Bar menu
Center City - River Noodle Bar
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River Noodle Bar
Center City - River Noodle Bar
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River Noodle Bar
Center City - Kim Chee was just cabbage
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Kim Chee was just cabbage
Center City - Dinner
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Dinner

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