Haifa Fire Photo Diary – 24.11 – 29.11 2016 – Fire day and aftermath

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On the 24th of November 2016, the city of Haifa witnessed its first large scale fire. Its delicate greenery surrendered to extreme dry weather, and flames engulfed buildings burning apartments. Several urban nature spots were completely burned. In this photographed diary I describe my day by day experiences – from the day of the fire to field trips in affected areas.

The startling rehabilitation project of Haifa oil refineries cooling tower

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The western ex-cooling tower of Haifa Oil Refineries was turned into a visitor center. In order to accept visitors, the decaying concrete structure had to be renovated. A documentation in video and photos provides an opportunity to get a glimpse of this unique challenging project.

Haifa Carmelit Underground Funicular – Replacement of main cable

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The “Carmelit” is Haifa’s underground funicular, linking the lower city (“Downtown”) at sea level and the Carmel Center at 274 meters above sea level. In July 2015, the main cable of the system was replaced. Watch a video and still photos of the process.

In the eye of the storm – Rosh Hanikra, Kziv, Acre (Akko), Kishon, Harod, Sorek, Ayalon…

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A stormy weather system brought strong winds, high waves and significant amount of rain to Israel. Let’s take a winter tour through some of the most impressive sights of Israeli winter nature affected by the storm.

Haifa Trail Urban Trek – the DNA of the city: Lessons from Haifa Tourism Conference

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Haifa Trail was initiated as an urban trek, but the trail is more than that – as it identifies and leverages Haifa’s essence or “DNA”, it serves as an important platform for various urban aspects, such as: city branding, community empowering, framework for sport and culture activities and a potential to significantly contribute to the local economy.

Haifa Trail was launched by the first tourist and runner

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Haifa Trail was inaugurated, as Thomas Fietz, a Trail Runner from Germany, completed the 70 Kilometers of the trail in 15 hours, divided to two days. Thomas was the first to complete the whole trail, the first tourist on the trail, and the first to run it.

Haifa’s Carmel Spring flowers

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Spring is at its peak, and wonderful wild flowers dot Mount Carmel inside the city of Haifa.
Let’s look at some colorful examples…

Bicycle riders enjoy Haifa’s mountain subway – the "Carmelit"

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The Carmelit, Haifa’s subway system that connects downtown with the Carmel ridge neighborhoods, is now open for bicycle riders. Join the first ride of bikers in the Carmelit.

Hail Storm and flowing streams in Haifa

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A winter day in the middle of the spring brought a thunder stormy morning to Haifa. After half an hour a white blanket of hail covered the neighborhood followed by gushing water filling the small, usually dry, streams draining the slopes.

Palm Sunday in Haifa

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Palm Sunday was celebrated today in colorful festivities in Downtown Haifa.
Here are some souvenirs from the events…

MSC Magnifica Cruise Ship dominates the skyline of Haifa

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MSC Magnifica Cruise Ship now visits Haifa during its Mediterranean Cruise. Carrying 2500 passengers and 1000 crew members, when it docks in Haifa Port it looks like a temporary neighborhood attached to the city…

Winter Landscape Contrasts in Haifa and the Technion

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A nice winter day paints Haifa sky with dark colors on the background of sun lit neighborhoods. The rain that came a few minutes later left its marks on the Technion paths, creating interesting compositions.

Post Carmel Forest Fire – The Line Between Black and Green

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Two weeks after the Carmel blaze back to the usual rambling at home – From Haifa to Beit Oren – and the inevitable but optimistic encounters with the fire aftermath

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Closing Ceremony

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Pictures from the closing ceremony, the medals and trophies, and the happy winners of the year – Italy and Singapore.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Day 7

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Watch unique photos from water level, of the 7th day races of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Practice Race

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Photos from the practice race of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa, where superb wind conditions welcomed the enthusiastic participants.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Measurement Inspections day

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Watch photos from the measurements and inspections day of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

International 420 World Championship in Haifa – Opening Ceremony

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Photos from the opening ceremony of the International 420 World Championship in Haifa.

Slacklining in the Technion

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Everybody knows that being a student in the Technion means hard work. But during the breaks, it’s the students who challenge themselves…

Calatrava Obelisk in The Technion, Haifa, Israel

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The “Obelisk” is a recent addition to the main courtyard of the Thechnion. Conceived by Santiago Calatrava and dedicated to the memory of Russel Berrie, this unique kinetik statue is a focal point in the Technion.