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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat Great restaurant in Kiryat Ata. Cafe Gregg.rabanut mehadrin
Service is phenomenal
Food was great minus chips
I've had fettuccine/pad thai/different salads
Desserts out of this world
Cost for 2 mains plus desert around 200ils

December 28, 2016, 04:41:27 PM
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Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days The highlight of my morning is reading this TR. Thank you!
July 21, 2017, 02:22:25 AM
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Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days What happened to the final installment? My morning was not the same! :P
July 27, 2017, 06:47:23 AM
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Southwest tour with the....IN LAWS!!! It all started with a small trip I arranged for my wife and her sisters to Cyprus for 4 days....one of my Brothers-in-law said "hey we should get away too" I could not agree more though was not sure he was the exact person I was looking to get away with....soon enough the trip went from me and him to include my wife's Father-Brother-Sister-Her Husband-Her Uncle and Aunt (No the wife did not come). Given my travels in the past I was voted to be the tour guide and arrange this trip for them. After much deliberation my final trip was going to be as follows for them:

11/5-TLV-CDG-LAX Air France $690
11/6 LAX-SJC Southwest $55
11/7 OAK-PHX Southwest $48
11/15 LAS-LAX Southwest $40
11/15 LAX-FCO-TLV Alitalia (Included in the 690)

For my ticket it was more interesting. I had bought a United flight round trip on 12/16 I flew one way and then cancelled the return to earn credit for half the flight as I decided to book LX Business for the return. When I checked my credit to see what I had to go to LAX I found they had credit me the full flight back so right away I booked a round trip non-stop into Newark. After that I booked an economy award (12.5k) into SFO and for the return I booked a flight with Spirit LAS-EWR (paid to upgrade to the Big Seat $70) and then the United flight back. However I decided to spend some time in my old stomping grounds of Jersey and just booked a return with LX again in business back to TLV.

Thank God my in-laws managed well into Los Angeles without issues. I had them booked in the Hyatt Regency at the airport for I believe 190 per room. I had told them to rent a car for a couple of hours to check out the city but they decided on crashing in the hotel and walking to Starbucks (or Coffee Bean).

The next morning at around 4 they got up to go to the airport for the SouthWest flight into San Jose. I had arrived in San Francisco the night before and stayed at the Courtyard Marriott at the Airport. They were "officially fully booked" for any upgrades.  The hotel was very nice and definitely comfortable for a nights sleep. The one thing to note is there is no shuttle late night.

In the early morning around 715 I got picked up by Extranomical tours for my tour to Yosemite, we left to San Jose airport to go pick up the In-Laws in our private 15 passenger coach bus. After picking them up we left to Pars Kosher Market to pick up some Bread/Dips/Cold Cuts and the like for Lunch/Breakfast. The trip to Yosemite took around 3.5 hours from the Market in San Jose.

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Below you can see the waterfall flowing even though the winter rains have not started yet:

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This is a small picture of the comfortable coach bus with excellent drivers!!

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There was a little mix up at the end of the trip as we had booked a night at the Crowne Plaza in Concord, however there is no kosher food in that area. Extranomical worked with us and hired an extra driver to drive us back to the hotel after supper at Sabra Grill in Downtown. Drivers can only drive for 10 hours, they have a timer attached to the car and he cannot legally go one minute past that time. Here is a really bad picture of the outside of Sabra

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Some pics of the Crowne Plaza hotel room:

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We had paid USD $2,200 for the tour for 8 people. It also included a guided tour of San Francisco the next day.




November 16, 2017, 01:22:17 PM
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Re: Calling all large families
Any cap to 10k per kid per year?
Is it churnable?

Seems like there is no limit....Pretty sure we can get elected to the BOE pretty quickly there as well.

November 24, 2017, 01:24:33 AM
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Re: Southwest tour with the....IN LAWS!!! Link for my FIL and Uncle singing through the Gondola:

https://youtu.be/jLgK0_2LtWo

November 26, 2017, 10:06:59 AM
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Re: Southwest tour with the....IN LAWS!!! Day 10:

Travel home...They had a afternoon flight with Southwest into Los Angeles to catch Alitalia back to Israel via Rome. My flight was at night with Spirit to Newark. I know...I know Spirit  :o :o but I did pay to upgrade to a big seat and took seat 1A It was plenty comfy to sleep most of the trip. Based on my memory this flight should take 5+ hours we ended up doing it in under 4 hours we landed an hour+ early! Usually that would be amazing but my ride was just waking up to get me when we landed so there was a nice wait until they showed up :(.

Day 11-12-13

Spent shabbos with my family...check out all the new building in crazy Lakewood.

For my flight home I booked Swiss Business via Zurich. I thought it would be cool to take an 11 hour layover to see the spots. I landed and davened in the prayer room with a couple other people...in the middle w

e started feeling back in Israel as a few cousins came in to pray as well. BH there was a mechitzah  :P. I decided to partner up with someone to check out the city. We left the Airport took the train downtown (12 minute ride) Started to walk to Fein und Shein which was fantastic!! Pricing was surprisingly decent and portions were nice sizes as well. I thoroughly enjoyed both the walk there from the main station (Around 30 minute walk). After that I just took the trams all over the city to take in the sights before heading back to the airport to enjoy the lounge in Terminal E for a couple of hours. My main mistake (and the reason I cut short to go back to the airport) was the COLD, I was coming from the warm southwest and did not bring a coat. I survived with the Scarf-Head Cover you get from the Swiss Amenity kit.

I did have one hiccup with Swiss Kosher Meal (besides the taste) As I was eating my greens there was hidden glass in the food and when I crunched on it shattered in my mouth...They did write a report about it but I am still waiting to hear about some kind of compensation from them.

Thank you for reading!!

Pic of the tunnel between terminals in ZRH

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You can make out the Alps in the background here:

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Food from the restaurant

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Surprisingly we did not get a gate on arrival from Newark and we needed to take the bus transfer to the Terminal:

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December 01, 2017, 03:18:57 AM
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