Have you heard of this incredible new shoppable Instagram called #spring? Well, we launch our Martone Cycling store there on the 22nd this month! Download now on ITunes!!!! @spring #lovespring  in the lifestyle session! Enjoy! 👏💥🚲🇺🇸

Have you heard of this incredible new shoppable Instagram called #spring? Well, we launch our Martone Cycling store there on the 22nd this month! Download now on ITunes!!!! @spring #lovespring in the lifestyle session! Enjoy! 👏💥🚲🇺🇸

Understandably - there is a lot to be done, and the situation can be compared to a 5000 piece puzzle. But just as I was saying, from a human being perspective: 
Generalizing behavior, finger pointing and harsh criticism against any culture or country seem to be the wrong way to go - as there is kindness everywhere here - (as I’m sure there is on the other side as well) . This trip has truly helped me to understand the value of peace and the true challenges of sharing one planet with different people. 

It seems it won’t be in our generation that we will see the issues here being solved. But sometimes, when things are falling apart, they might actually be falling into place,and just because the past didn’t turn out like we wanted it to, it doesn’t mean the future can’t be better than we ever imagined.

Earth: I love you at your shiniest and your darkest,

Lorenzo Martone                      …. (I encourage you to share the love, repost, spread the word! Thank you for reading it if you made this far) 😘 (at Gordon Beach)

Understandably - there is a lot to be done, and the situation can be compared to a 5000 piece puzzle. But just as I was saying, from a human being perspective:
Generalizing behavior, finger pointing and harsh criticism against any culture or country seem to be the wrong way to go - as there is kindness everywhere here - (as I’m sure there is on the other side as well) . This trip has truly helped me to understand the value of peace and the true challenges of sharing one planet with different people.

It seems it won’t be in our generation that we will see the issues here being solved. But sometimes, when things are falling apart, they might actually be falling into place,and just because the past didn’t turn out like we wanted it to, it doesn’t mean the future can’t be better than we ever imagined.

Earth: I love you at your shiniest and your darkest,

Lorenzo Martone …. (I encourage you to share the love, repost, spread the word! Thank you for reading it if you made this far) 😘 (at Gordon Beach)

(Part IV)                                         * One of the interesting people I met while here is the team working on KCP - Kids Creating Peace - a non profit that brings together kids and adolescents ( 7 to 17 years old ) from both Israel and PA - in a variety of programs (meetings, summer camps & workshops) - mostly dedicated to foster the next generation of young leaders dedicated to tolerance, peace and regional dialogue in the Middle East. KCP was created in 2006 and so far it has engaged with over 10,000 children. The core of the program is to: 
- help kids to move on from fear to trust. To move on from stereotypes to a positive perception. To embrace the cause, not being indifferent, to commit in creating change and to try to influence their circles (family, friends, peers) . In addition: In Tel Aviv currently they also have aid -groups dedicated to send help (food, supplies, clothes etc) to Gaza. Meeting organizations like that should make us feel hopeful…. Their hashtag ? its # I MATTER YOU MATTER WE MATTER . 

* Yesterday I met with a group of Israeli students (among other curious crowds) in front of the US embassy protesting against the possible genocide in Iraq, holding posters “Save the Yazidis” - which leads me to conclude that this society has a voice, has interest in the rest of the world, in other religions, backgrounds. It doesn’t seem this place is as self-centered as some say. 
The small touch - cherry on the cake last night was when I went to buy a fruit juice and some bars - and after drinking and opening the package - I found out that the small establishment didn’t take credit cards (I had zero cash) - and the man so kindly told me to come back the next day, with no doubt I would - in a act of trust - something I haven’t experienced ever I believe….. and the list goes on - but I won’t bore you with that…….. (at Tel Aviv)

(Part IV) * One of the interesting people I met while here is the team working on KCP - Kids Creating Peace - a non profit that brings together kids and adolescents ( 7 to 17 years old ) from both Israel and PA - in a variety of programs (meetings, summer camps & workshops) - mostly dedicated to foster the next generation of young leaders dedicated to tolerance, peace and regional dialogue in the Middle East. KCP was created in 2006 and so far it has engaged with over 10,000 children. The core of the program is to:
- help kids to move on from fear to trust. To move on from stereotypes to a positive perception. To embrace the cause, not being indifferent, to commit in creating change and to try to influence their circles (family, friends, peers) . In addition: In Tel Aviv currently they also have aid -groups dedicated to send help (food, supplies, clothes etc) to Gaza. Meeting organizations like that should make us feel hopeful…. Their hashtag ? its # I MATTER YOU MATTER WE MATTER .

* Yesterday I met with a group of Israeli students (among other curious crowds) in front of the US embassy protesting against the possible genocide in Iraq, holding posters “Save the Yazidis” - which leads me to conclude that this society has a voice, has interest in the rest of the world, in other religions, backgrounds. It doesn’t seem this place is as self-centered as some say.
The small touch - cherry on the cake last night was when I went to buy a fruit juice and some bars - and after drinking and opening the package - I found out that the small establishment didn’t take credit cards (I had zero cash) - and the man so kindly told me to come back the next day, with no doubt I would - in a act of trust - something I haven’t experienced ever I believe….. and the list goes on - but I won’t bore you with that…….. (at Tel Aviv)

(Part III)                                         As a result, here are some thoughts on the current situation….

* Tel Aviv is pretty empty- there are almost no tourists - bad for the local economy as this time of the year so many people count on tourism to build, maintain, and grow their businesses. Everything seems to be back to normal.The beach, the food, the people…. all fantastic in so many ways - and ready to be explored now!. The city is a melting pot itself - it feels very contemporary, it is dynamic, energetic and the locals understand that happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time but loving what you have. It feels welcoming, open minded, fresh. Sadly there are multiple “boycott” campaigns out there - such a waste of energy. If anyone is going to “campaign” for anything - that should be progress, love and light - not enhancing the negative. 

* Speaking to travel agents, flight attendants, waiters, students, locals in general - one can perceive there isn’t any “endorsement” to the happenings in Gaza in the past few weeks. Israelis seem to be supportive of a mechanism of defense - and agree that something had to be done - but no one seem to support the way it happened. For obvious reasons they understand hate crime and the youth wishes things were different. 
 (at Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv)

(Part III) As a result, here are some thoughts on the current situation….

* Tel Aviv is pretty empty- there are almost no tourists - bad for the local economy as this time of the year so many people count on tourism to build, maintain, and grow their businesses. Everything seems to be back to normal.The beach, the food, the people…. all fantastic in so many ways - and ready to be explored now!. The city is a melting pot itself - it feels very contemporary, it is dynamic, energetic and the locals understand that happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time but loving what you have. It feels welcoming, open minded, fresh. Sadly there are multiple “boycott” campaigns out there - such a waste of energy. If anyone is going to “campaign” for anything - that should be progress, love and light - not enhancing the negative.

* Speaking to travel agents, flight attendants, waiters, students, locals in general - one can perceive there isn’t any “endorsement” to the happenings in Gaza in the past few weeks. Israelis seem to be supportive of a mechanism of defense - and agree that something had to be done - but no one seem to support the way it happened. For obvious reasons they understand hate crime and the youth wishes things were different.
(at Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv)

(Part II)                                                  I was born in Brazil, country that has very little to do with any of that - and has close-to-nothing experience in regards to war. Brazil was very open to immigration after the World War II so it became this huge melting pot: Italians, Portuguese, Japanese, Lebanese, Arabs and Jewish moved down there. We also have a huge black community - and of course we do have racism issues here and there, like any large country- but not within our family - racism isn’t tolerated. 

My solo intention with this letter is to share with you why I decided to come here during times of war, and share what I see, share the conversations I have had with locals. The world seems to be falling apart elsewhere (for instance hate crimes in France and Miami) - So I believe it doesn’t hurt to embrace the social media era of “sharing” (and actually post something truly thoughtful) direct from the source. Instead from watching the news obsessively - coming to Israel means to experiment history with my own eyes and soul.  (at חוף הילטון)

(Part II) I was born in Brazil, country that has very little to do with any of that - and has close-to-nothing experience in regards to war. Brazil was very open to immigration after the World War II so it became this huge melting pot: Italians, Portuguese, Japanese, Lebanese, Arabs and Jewish moved down there. We also have a huge black community - and of course we do have racism issues here and there, like any large country- but not within our family - racism isn’t tolerated.

My solo intention with this letter is to share with you why I decided to come here during times of war, and share what I see, share the conversations I have had with locals. The world seems to be falling apart elsewhere (for instance hate crimes in France and Miami) - So I believe it doesn’t hurt to embrace the social media era of “sharing” (and actually post something truly thoughtful) direct from the source. Instead from watching the news obsessively - coming to Israel means to experiment history with my own eyes and soul. (at חוף הילטון)

The Current Colors of Israel - Tel Aviv, August 19th, 2014.

To my dear friends,

I would like to start by saying I’m not an activist, journalist or pacifist. This is not a political letter, nor addresses religion. I’m not taking sides about what I will soon share. I don’t think I can consider myself a humanitarian. All I am, is human. Just a human being, like you. The only difference between us, is that I decided to keep up with my vacation plans and last week I came to Tel Aviv, against my friends and family advice, mostly for security issues.. 

As the media coverage grows in regards to the conflict between Israel and the Palestine, so does my interest in the matter. I don’t understand (nor pretend to) much about politics, middle east oil issues, nor religious believes. I don’t pretend to know the answer for the end of the conflict in this part of the world. Fear, death, explosions & rockets is all we hear about- but we should all be cautious - the press isn’t always 100% reflection of reality - small details and initiatives aren’t always covered, maybe for lack of time or space - maybe because we live in a “wow factor” generation. It seems all headlines have to have an “extremist”, dramatic, connotation in order to grab people’s attention. 

What I do know, is that I love people.                                       (The letter is broken down in 5 parts- to be continued here)  (at Dizengoff Square)

The Current Colors of Israel - Tel Aviv, August 19th, 2014.

To my dear friends,

I would like to start by saying I’m not an activist, journalist or pacifist. This is not a political letter, nor addresses religion. I’m not taking sides about what I will soon share. I don’t think I can consider myself a humanitarian. All I am, is human. Just a human being, like you. The only difference between us, is that I decided to keep up with my vacation plans and last week I came to Tel Aviv, against my friends and family advice, mostly for security issues..

As the media coverage grows in regards to the conflict between Israel and the Palestine, so does my interest in the matter. I don’t understand (nor pretend to) much about politics, middle east oil issues, nor religious believes. I don’t pretend to know the answer for the end of the conflict in this part of the world. Fear, death, explosions & rockets is all we hear about- but we should all be cautious - the press isn’t always 100% reflection of reality - small details and initiatives aren’t always covered, maybe for lack of time or space - maybe because we live in a “wow factor” generation. It seems all headlines have to have an “extremist”, dramatic, connotation in order to grab people’s attention.

What I do know, is that I love people. (The letter is broken down in 5 parts- to be continued here) (at Dizengoff Square)

Tel Aviv beaches are sensational, and the all white umbrellas could be an interpretation of how peaceful this place is, almost like white flags… everything is back to normal, the port is open, people are out and about playing, biking, tanning and ready to welcome all tourists again. With the end of the summer around the corner, Israel remains on top of my list, for it’s natural beauty but specially for it’s people, it’s unique vibe, and contagious energy! #weshareoneplanet #peace #i❤️Israel (at חוף בוגרשוב- Tel Aviv)

Tel Aviv beaches are sensational, and the all white umbrellas could be an interpretation of how peaceful this place is, almost like white flags… everything is back to normal, the port is open, people are out and about playing, biking, tanning and ready to welcome all tourists again. With the end of the summer around the corner, Israel remains on top of my list, for it’s natural beauty but specially for it’s people, it’s unique vibe, and contagious energy! #weshareoneplanet #peace #i❤️Israel (at חוף בוגרשוב- Tel Aviv)

Happy 🎂🎂🎂 Madonna, thank you for spreading the word about the good things of the world: including the Jewish Community!!!  👏👏👏  I carry withe today, the black diamond cross you gave me for my 30Th, side by side with a star of David. I’m in search of the moon. Israel loves you back!  (at חוף בוגרשוב- Tel Aviv)

Happy 🎂🎂🎂 Madonna, thank you for spreading the word about the good things of the world: including the Jewish Community!!! 👏👏👏 I carry withe today, the black diamond cross you gave me for my 30Th, side by side with a star of David. I’m in search of the moon. Israel loves you back! (at חוף בוגרשוב- Tel Aviv)

Early today, against my friends and family wishes, I decided to cross the board, walking, by myself, from Akaba (Jordan) to Eilat (Israel) . In this pic, I’m already on Israeli side, and by now I have spoken to a dozen people ( soldiers, travel agents, agents, security people) about the war and it’s consequences. The Jewish community, including the military are shocked by the results of the war. Israelis are generous, humanitarians and better than anyone, understand hate crimes. I’ m now safe and sound in Tel Aviv, and hope to share some of the experiences here with all of you my friends, followers, people, that share this big planet, as one single race: HUMAN BEINGS. #love&light  #peace  #weshareoneplanet 💙◻️💙◻️ (at מחסום של אילת)

Early today, against my friends and family wishes, I decided to cross the board, walking, by myself, from Akaba (Jordan) to Eilat (Israel) . In this pic, I’m already on Israeli side, and by now I have spoken to a dozen people ( soldiers, travel agents, agents, security people) about the war and it’s consequences. The Jewish community, including the military are shocked by the results of the war. Israelis are generous, humanitarians and better than anyone, understand hate crimes. I’ m now safe and sound in Tel Aviv, and hope to share some of the experiences here with all of you my friends, followers, people, that share this big planet, as one single race: HUMAN BEINGS. #love&light #peace #weshareoneplanet 💙◻️💙◻️ (at מחסום של אילת)

This AM, against my family and friends advices, I decided to leave Jordan name cross the border to Israel. I walked by myself from Akaba to Eilat, and I have to admit I haven’t felt butterflies in the stomach like this in a long time. Everything is “fine” I took a small plane from Eilat to tel aviv and hope to report from this incredible country, and share love and light. Thank you Jordan for a stellar time. SHALOM ISRAEL! #weshareoneplanet #peace #love&light  (at العقبه)

This AM, against my family and friends advices, I decided to leave Jordan name cross the border to Israel. I walked by myself from Akaba to Eilat, and I have to admit I haven’t felt butterflies in the stomach like this in a long time. Everything is “fine” I took a small plane from Eilat to tel aviv and hope to report from this incredible country, and share love and light. Thank you Jordan for a stellar time. SHALOM ISRAEL! #weshareoneplanet #peace #love&light (at العقبه)

Good morning from all 3 different nationalities, different religions, best friends #weshareoneplanet  (at כביש הערבה)

Good morning from all 3 different nationalities, different religions, best friends #weshareoneplanet (at כביש הערבה)

Love is everywhere 💙 you look in the Middle East: it’s gorgeous, lots of parts are safe and tourist-friendly: there is nothing you fear about this part of the world…. People are welcoming and brave! #inspirationtrip #highschoolconfraternization #re-energizingweekend (at Al Maqa’ad)

Love is everywhere 💙 you look in the Middle East: it’s gorgeous, lots of parts are safe and tourist-friendly: there is nothing you fear about this part of the world…. People are welcoming and brave! #inspirationtrip #highschoolconfraternization #re-energizingweekend (at Al Maqa’ad)

What did I do when I couldn’t find a bike to ride? Car? ?NO … My new best friend: Mouhamed the Camel! 🐪🐪🐪💥💥💥 (at Petra البتراء)

What did I do when I couldn’t find a bike to ride? Car? ?NO … My new best friend: Mouhamed the Camel! 🐪🐪🐪💥💥💥 (at Petra البتراء)