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A slice of life of the hipster Israeli town Pardes Hanna

Visitors find a special vibe in this Haifa district town with a down-to-earth artistic feel and a pull for people seeking alternative lifestyles.

Not many towns in Israel appear in popular songs, but Pardes Hanna-Karkur is one of them. Ehud Banai sings about the town’s “eternal bliss” in “Canaanite Blues,” while Hanan Ben Ari’s song “Pardes Hanna” touts it as a good place for raising children.

According to many of its 43,000 residents, Pardes Hanna-Karkur has a special charm, an artistic feel and a down-to-earth quality.

“I could live anywhere in the world, but I chose to live in Pardes Hanna-Karkur,” said Miri Tal, owner of Tatanka, a shop that sells colorful leather shoes, jewelry and accessories in what’s known as The Artists’ Stables.

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