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Title: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 12, 2017, 11:55:06 PM
Part 1: Planning and trip perp

Flights
I started planning this trip in October 2016 deciding where to go. Once I decided on Israel, I originally decided on Hong Kong and Bali as well. The original plan was to go to Israel for 3 full days (Thursday through Sunday), then Bali Monday-Thursday and end the trip in Hong Kong (HKG) Thursday through Monday. I’d been to HKG before in the winter without my wife, and decided it would be a good idea to take her so she could see it as well.

I originally found routing as follows:

LAX-ZRH-TLV on Swiss business, booked with 82.5k Air Canada (AC) miles + ~$44 + CAD$75 for the baby
TLV-HKG-DPS on Cathay business, booked with 40k American (AA) miles + ~$102 + $682 for the baby
DPS-HKG on Cathay economy (I know, I know, it was a drag, but it was booked this way on purpose as I’ll explain later), booked with 12.5k Avios + ~$46 + 1.25k Avios for the baby
HKG-ICN-LAX on Korean first, 80k Korean (KE) miles + ~$172 + 8k KE miles for the baby

(http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=color:blue,+tlv-hkg-dps,+color:green,hkg-icn-lax,+color:brown,+dps-hkg,+color:red,+lax-zrh-tlv&MS=bm&MR=1800&MX=720x360&PM=*)

We were all set. Except that in March my DW decided to want to spend a little more time in Israel. Lucky for me I was checking and the exact flight I chose opened up on the outbound a week earlier. I quickly paid the CAD$180 (~$133) change fee to Aeroplan and changed to outbound to a week earlier. For the return, I needed to come back earlier since we would be leaving a week earlier, so I decided to come back on a Friday. I know, there could be Shabbos issues, but it would be ok.

I kept the DPS-HKG segment on BA and changed the HKG-ICN-LAX segment to leave about 3 hours after we got to HKG on a redeye to ICN. From there is where KE really shines: I wanted the 11:30am flight back to LA so we’d be over the date line while it was still daytime out. However, there was only 1 seat available on that flight. The helpful agent booked that for my wife. For me, she put me on a waitlist for that flight, while keeping my seat on the 3pm flight we were originally booked on. She then put my wife tentatively on the 3pm flight in case the waitlist didn’t clear. Basically, we were both tentatively booked on both flights: the 11:30 am and the 3pm.

About 3.5 weeks before our flight, on June 12, I got confirmation that I was on the 11:30 am flight if I wanted to be. I quickly called Korean to confirm everything, and all was set. As it turned out, we were the only people in first class on the flight (besides a crew member), so we had the entire cabin to ourselves!

In the end our routing looked the same, but the dates worked out much better. We’d be in Israel for 10 days and Bali for ~3 before returning home. We also had an 8 hour layover in Zurich we needed to plan, but more on that later.

Food
As we’d be in Israel first, we just needed to pick up some food for Bali there. Israel wouldn’t be an issue, we just needed food for Bali. We bought some cup-of-soups and a few instant meals (like couscous and mashed potatoes) and brought along a lot of tuna packets from home. I also brought some oatmeal packets from home for breakfast and some Chewy bars for snacking on/dessert.

Hotels
The way the trip worked out, we’d be arriving in Israel at 3am. I didn’t book a hotel that night, but rather the next night (hoping we could check in early). We spent one night at the Crown Plaza on a free night before going to family friends for the weekend (Fri & Sat nights).

For the next week, we spent:
•   1 night at the Ritz in Hertzalia (used points)
•   2 nights at the Elama Arts Complex in Zichron Yaakov (used points)
•   4 nights at the Waldorf back in Yerushalayim (used 2 free nights and 2 nights on points)

We then spent the remaining time (in Bali) in a very nice AirBNB (thanks @Emkay!) where we paid cash.

Car
I decided to rent a car for the first week we’d be in Israel. I rented a mid-size car through Thifty/Albar (thanks @hocker!) for the week. The rest of the time we just walked around Yerushalayim and got a ride back to the airport on Sunday for cheap.

Driver
For our time in Bali we decided to hire a driver the whole time. We ended up hiring Bali Tours on recommendation from Emkay (thanks!!) for ~$120 for the entire time. He picked us up at the airport, took us around both days we were there, and then drove us back to the airport.

With everything set, we were about to embark on our trip!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 13, 2017, 12:01:03 PM
nice start
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 13, 2017, 03:26:53 PM
Alright! Nice intro. Can't wait to read more and see pics!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Dawie on July 13, 2017, 05:04:16 PM
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Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 13, 2017, 10:44:05 PM
nice start
Alright! Nice intro. Can't wait to read more and see pics!
8)
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 13, 2017, 10:47:22 PM
Part 2: Flight to Zurich, layover and flight to Israel

Our flight left LAX late, at around 7:20pm. We arrived at the airport at around 4:00pm, checked in, and made our way through the special security for people with babies and disability. We knew from last year to just go straight there. We were through security in about 20 minutes, and from there it was off to the Star Alliance Gold lounge. We spent our time outdoors on the terrace where our daughter (DD) collected rocks from the fountain and had a generally good time running around and plane watching.

I went to shower quickly, and then we were off to the gate. We boarded first, because of DD, at around 6:50pm, a bit late, but otherwise ok. We got settled in the bulkhead seats, but unfortunately, they didn’t have a bassinet for DD. Not that she would have used it: she didn’t stay in the bassinets on the Cathay flights for a more than a second, but it would have been nice to have the extra space.

We left by 8:00pm, and after we had a quick dinner, “we” went to sleep. By that I mean “I” went to sleep. DW decided to put DD to bed on the seat, flattened, but there wasn’t much room for her to sleep. While DD and I slept well for most of the flight, DW didn’t sleep much at all.

We landed in Zurich at around 3:00pm and were among the first ones off the plane. We landed in a deserted E terminal, where we made our way to the lounge. We were there for a few minutes, getting drinks, using the bathroom, etc. before continuing to the train station to get tickets to the city.

I had been in touch with the people we had stayed at last time we were in Zurich, and they offered us to come over and rest at their house. By the time we took the train to their house it was closer to 5:30pm. I should mention that the weather in Zurich couldn’t have been any more different than the last time we were there. While the last time it was overcast and around 60 F, this time it was clear, sunny and a warm 95 F!

We took the train to our friends’ house with the intention of possibly going out to dinner. When we got there, DW promptly wanted to go to sleep. Since I wasn’t tired at that point, I just stayed up with DD in the small apartment. There was no AC there (who’d put in AC when it’s so cool most of the year?) but the building remained tolerable. We schmoozed with our host for a while before she offered us some bread and tuna for dinner.

And boy did it hit the spot! She gave us a whole loaf of bread along with some tuna to make some sandwiches. By this time DW had gotten up and was a bit hungry, so I made us some sandwiches for an abbreviated dinner.

Now our flight was scheduled to leave at 10:40pm that evening. Our host figured we’d catch the 9:06pm train from the Enge station (the train comes twice an hour, at :06 and :36) and be at the airport 21 minutes later. Well unfortunately that didn’t happen.

I decided to go to mincha at 8:35pm. I went by myself because our host’s husband, while home, already davened. I was just planning on staying for mincha, but when they didn’t say aleinu and went right into maariv I couldn’t resist. I stayed for maaariv which was done just prior to 9:00pm (they're fast, what can I say). Now at this point I’d completely forgotten I was supposed to be at the train at 9:06pm, so I strolled back to their house.

When I got there at 9:10pm, our hostess was freaking out, to put it mildly. She may be American by birth, but that didn’t stop her from going all out panicked on us. She first said we'd miss our flight if we took the train and that we should take a local taxi service. She called someone she knew and asked when they could be there by. When they said 9:30, it was pointless to take them, so we just decided to take the train and call it a day. We did leave super early to go to the train station at around 9:20pm.

We waited for our train, said goodbye to our host (she waited with us) when it came, and were at the airport at 9:57pm, on the dot. All we needed to go now was to get to our gate. So we ran.

We first ran all the way up from the train station to the departures level, which was completely deserted. We headed straight towards the gate where we met our first hurdle: We didn’t have the stroller/car seat (Doona) tagged. I sprinted to the counter, got a tag, and sprinted back, where the stern woman looked at us, looked at our boarding passes, and simply said, “you’re late, you probably won’t make your flight.” We had 40 minutes to get to our plane, so I said we’ll take our chances and she waved us though.

Our next hurdle was security. We were the only ones there; they stayed open just for us. Unlike in LAX, here they needed to check every last piece of baby food we brought with us, as well as anything over 3oz in our bags. Since no one else was at security, we had everyone working for us. After a few agonizing minutes we were though, when all the people working at security proceeded to close up shop and go home for the night.

It was now 10:20.

We then walked until we came for immigration. They officer there had no clue what time our flight was, so he didn’t comment. Off to the train to take us back to the E gates. When we got down, the train was 1 minute away; wonderful! We took the train to the E gates, hurried up to the departures level got to the gate and…..got in line to board.

We got on the plane at 10:25pm, but then proceeded to wait for some connecting passengers another 30 minutes. At least we made it!

The flight to Tel Aviv was short, at just under 4 hours. I slept a bit, but just enough to be awake when before we knew it we were on final approach. I should mention that most of the other passengers were fine with us having a baby on the flight, except the couple seated directly behind us. He was Israeli, and tried to change his seat upon seeing us (we were there first FWIW), but they didn’t have any other 2 seats together. He was afraid the baby would cry the whole flight, and he wouldn’t be able to get his sleep. Lucky for him DD slept the entire time and only cried for a second before landing (at which point the passenger behind us got up and complained).

Before we knew it, we arrived into Tel Aviv at around 3:30am!

(Don't worry, there are loads of pictures coming, just none yet, sorry.)
Title: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: mmgfarb on July 14, 2017, 12:21:01 AM
Great start! Kudos for getting the second part out so soon.
How did you find LX J to be?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 14, 2017, 12:32:34 AM
Great start! Kudos for getting the second part out so soon.
How did you find LX J to be?
You're welcome. You should know I don't like to wait when it comes to getting TRs out.

 LX J is nice. The beds are comfortable and the service is good. It's nothing special, but I'd say it's a pretty mediocre business class. The part where they shine is they have normal business class on the way to Isreal.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: mmgfarb on July 14, 2017, 12:35:26 AM
You're welcome. You should know I don't like to wait when it comes to getting TRs out.

 LX J is nice. The beds are comfortable and the service is good. It's nothing special, but I'd say it's a pretty mediocre business class. The part where they shine is they have normal business class on the way to Isreal.
Yep, it's nice not to have to wait so long like some other people here, ahem, @SomethingFishy

Thanks, I think I'm going to go with LX for succos, the only other option that makes sense is TK but from what I've seen, LX is a better choice all around.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 14, 2017, 06:19:40 AM
Looking forward to the rest, although you did stress me out with the part about getting to the airport so late!  :P

LX J is nice. The beds are comfortable and the service is good. It's nothing special, but I'd say it's a pretty mediocre business class. The part where they shine is they have normal business class on the way to Isreal.

Didn't know that about J on their Israel leg...good little nugget of info!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 14, 2017, 07:09:43 PM
Part 3: Thursday: A day of Rest

We arrived in TLV, got off the plane and waited for our stroller. We were waiting with a few other families until after everyone else had gone before they brought out our Doona. The benefit of the long wait was that the arrivals hall was pretty empty at that point. We went through customs, got our bags, and were off to rent the car.

After a few minutes at the rental counter, we were on our way to Yerushalayim at 4:50am. The ride to Yerushalayim wasn’t that bad as the road was empty, so we just flew. DD was super tired, so she just fell asleep.

When we arrived at the Crowne Plaza at around 5:40am it was still too early to check in. They told us that the person in charge of early check in arrives at 7:00am and to wait until then, so we waited in the car while DD slept. At around 6:45 she woke up so we went to the lobby. DD was quite fussy, despite her just waking up from her nap. The front desk said that the person who can see if a room is available for early check in won’t arrive until 7:30 and asked us to wait a bit more.

At this point I was quite tired, but I needed to daven. I went to the hotel’s shul downstairs and davened there. Around 8:00am DW texted me while I was davening telling us the room was ready. I guess having a super fussy, whining baby in the lobby does have its benefits.

I finished davening and we went to our room. I will say that the hotel is a bit passed its prime; ok maybe a bit more than a little, but we were too tired to care. I showered and we all just crashed.

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Hotel bathroom

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Views from the room

We slept until 3:00 pm.

When we woke up we felt well rested and super hungry. Time to go to the Kotel and get something to eat. We decided to go to Mamila for parking and to eat at Café Rimon. We got to our car and lo and behold it was dead. Like super dead. I asked the concierge if they had a battery charger for the car, but they didn’t. The security guard in the front also didn’t have one, but said that taxis usually have one.

We spent the next 45 minutes trying to find a cab that had a charger. At around 30 minutes in DW was getting super hungry, so she decided to just flag down a cab. Meanwhile every car that entered the hotel’s premises didn’t have a charger. Finally, just as I was about to get in the cab and call it quits, the concierge found a lovely British chussid who had one and helped us out. We paid the cab 20 shekel for his time, he drove off all mad, we thanked everyone for their time and help, and got in our car and drove to Mamila.

By the time we parked and got up to the restaurant it was almost 5:30 pm. We had a lovely dinner at Café Rimon, and a nice meetup afterwards with a friend a few restaurants down.

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Our food at Café Rimon

We walked though Shaar Yafo to the kotel. Halfway through our walk DW decided to see if a family friend was home. She turned a few corners and knocked on their door. We said a quick hello and off we went to the kotel, right in time for mincha. I davened mincha (it was Yom Kippur Katan, though the minyan I davened at didn’t say the special tefilos for Yom Kippur Katan) before we left through the Armenian Quarter at DW’s insistence.

We drove back to the hotel and were so tried we went straight to bed.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 14, 2017, 07:13:14 PM
Part 4: Friday: Geula on Erev Shabbos

We woke up at a normal time (around 8:30 am) on Friday. The plan for today was to go to Geula, walk around, and meet my BIL & SIL for lunch. After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we checked out and headed to Geula (in a fully charged car this time!).

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Breakfast at the Crown Plaza

Driving around Geula was a bit tight, but we eventually found parking on a side street (it was paid parking though the app; more on that later). We walked 2 blocks to Geula and walked up and down the street. We were mainly window shopping here, as neither of us could decide what we wanted exactly. After going down Mea Shearim and all the way up Geula, we stopped by Mitz Pri to get a drink while we waited for my BIL & SIL.

We finally met up with them and walked to J2 pizza for lunch. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but DW and DD ate something. We offered to drive them back to their apartment in Machal, so we all walked back to the car after lunch. Lo and behold we got a parking ticket for not paying.

“Not a big deal,” said my BIL, “I can take care of it for you for nothing.”

Wow, thanks! A few minutes later, after texting one of his friends, we were all set. The total bill: 10 agurot.

We drove them back to their apartment and spent some time there. Our next stop was in Bayit V’Gan visiting more family. We drove there, spent about an hour there, and continued on to Har Nof at about 4:30 pm.

We got to our friends in Har Nof a good 2 hours before Shabbos. After settling down in their converted/illegal basement, we got ready for Shabbos. Their house was really spectacular, and it was nice to see them again. Too bad I missed some of their kids who were not there for Shabbos. We got ready for Shabbos, went to shul and came back to a delicious meal. DD went to sleep after I’d left for shul, and slept peacefully….until DD woke up sometime in the middle of the night screaming because she was getting a few new teeth.

Despite the mid-night wakeup, DW got me up for shul at 7:20 am, and continued sleeping until I got home from shul at 10:45am. It’s really hard to wake up in such a basement!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: yitrap on July 15, 2017, 11:28:26 PM
Sooooo how does one get in touch with said friend of BIL?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: rollingstone on July 15, 2017, 11:52:48 PM
Part 4: Friday: Geula on Erev Shabbos

We woke up at a normal time (around 8:30 am) on Friday. The plan for today was to go to Geula, walk around, and meet my BIL & SIL for lunch. After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we checked out and headed to Geula (in a fully charged car this time!).

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Breakfast at the Crown Plaza

Driving around Geula was a bit tight, but we eventually found parking on a side street (it was paid parking though the app; more on that later). We walked 2 blocks to Geula and walked up and down the street. We were mainly window shopping here, as neither of us could decide what we wanted exactly. After going down Mea Shearim and all the way up Geula, we stopped by Mitz Pri to get a drink while we waited for my BIL & SIL.

We finally met up with them and walked to J2 pizza for lunch. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but DW and DD ate something. We offered to drive them back to their apartment in Machal, so we all walked back to the car after lunch. Lo and behold we got a parking ticket for not paying.

“Not a big deal,” said my BIL, “I can take care of it for you for nothing.”

Wow, thanks! A few minutes later, after texting one of his friends, we were all set. The total bill: 10 agurot.

We drove them back to their apartment and spent some time there. Our next stop was in Bayit V’Gan visiting more family. We drove there, spent about an hour there, and continued on to Har Nof at about 4:30 pm.

We got to our friends in Har Nof a good 2 hours before Shabbos. After settling down in their converted/illegal basement, we got ready for Shabbos. Their house was really spectacular, and it was nice to see them again. Too bad I missed some of their kids who were not there for Shabbos. We got ready for Shabbos, went to shul and came back to a delicious meal. DD went to sleep after I’d left for shul, and slept peacefully….until DD woke up sometime in the middle of the night screaming because she was getting a few new teeth.

Despite the mid-night wakeup, DW got me up for shul at 7:20 am, and continued sleeping until I got home from shul at 10:45am. It’s really hard to wake up in such a basement!
If you care to pay Israeli tickets, from what i heard the 10 agurot payment option doesn't work anymore. (They'll bill you for the rest)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 17, 2017, 11:59:13 PM
Shabbos: At friends in Har Nof

Shabbos morning started very early with a painful, 2:00 am scream from our daughter: she was getting 3 new teeth. After giving her some Tylenol and putting her back to sleep, we all slept soundly. Somehow DW was up and woke me up in time for shachris at 8:00am.

Shachris was nice, but packed. When it was over we headed back to our hosts house and were headed out to lunch. My first order of business was to wake up DW and DD who were still sleeping soundly at 10:45! I woke them up and we were off to my wife’s cousin for lunch, just down the block.

We had a lovely lunch with her family, and we all enjoyed a lot. We got back to our host’s house and took an afternoon nap. Before long it was time for mincha and seuda shishis. After mincha we got back to their house and the front gate was locked. Without missing a beat, our host took off his jacket and climbed over the wall to open the door from the inside. As one does.

After maariv we just hung around their house while our hosts got ready for an upcoming family wedding (they were making a tiered wedding “cake” which was just pieces of Styrofoam covered in fondant). Our hostess needed to go to her son’s house that night to watch his new baby overnight, so we just said goodbye to her before she left.

DW has having trouble putting DD to bed, but eventually she got her to sleep somewhere around midnight.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 18, 2017, 12:02:31 AM
Sunday: Ritzalia

Sunday morning after shachris our host told me he was going to kollel to learn and that I could just go back to their house. I got there to find the place very quiet as everyone was sleeping. I had breakfast.

Eventually their girls work up and went about their day, and DW and DD got up as well. With no one home, we packed up and headed out, our first stop being Yesh supermarket in Har Nof. We stocked up on some snacks and some instant soups for the Bali part of our trip. We were almost ready to go back to the car when DW saw a woman selling head coverings for a fraction of the price they charge in the US, so she got some.

All stocked up and ready to go, we got back in the car and drove to the Ritz in Hertzalia. We arrived a bit early, around 2:15 pm, and unfortunately our room was not ready. We were told we could spend some time in the vicinity and check in at 3:00 pm.

We went to the mall below the hotel and went to the supermarket for food for lunch. We at in the food court before walking around the mall for a bit. We even walked around outside for a bit before the heat got to us and we went back inside. By this point it was 3:00 pm and time to check in. Or so we thought.

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Eating in the mall

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Supermarket in the mall

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Outside of the Ritz

DW and DD went to the lobby while I moved the car to the hotel’s parking lot. I wanted to check in but the associate said our room was still not ready. They said we could go to the roof bar and pool and relax there with free drinks courtesy of the hotel. We did exactly that.

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View from the roof

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Main pool

After DD splashed around in the kids pool for a bit and we were sipping our nice cool drinks, we were told our room was ready, around 3:30 pm.

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Kids Pool. Does anyone know the couple in the lounge chairs?

We went straight to the room, and what do you know, they set up for my birthday! I had told them that it was my birthday before I arrived, but I didn’t think even for a second that they were setting up anything (more along the lines at the Waldorf, but more on that later).

They decorated the bed, sent up a few desserts with the words “Mazal Tov” written on it, had a bunch of balloons tied nearby and gave me a card. This is more than I could have asked for and it was very much appreciated.

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My birthday surprise

After settling in to the room, it was time to drive to Benei Brak to visit another family friend.

Views of the room:
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There was little traffic on the way there, and we were outside their apartment in less than 30 minutes.

We visited with them for a while and had dinner at their suggestion two doors down at a small, heimish place. I know Benei Brak isn’t known for their restaurants, but this place was especially heimish. My wife loved it, while I thought the food was ok, but the guy working there was just a riot!

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Our food at the restaurant, Misadat Muchan U’Mezuman

After dinner we drove back to the hotel just in time for sunset and went to bed. We all slept very well.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 18, 2017, 12:04:48 AM
Monday: Rosh HaNikra, and an Arab Carnival in Acco

I personally had been waiting for the breakfast at the Ritz for a long time. I’d heard so many good things about it, and to sum it up: it’s totally worth it! We got down to breakfast around 9:30am after davening in the hotel room.

The restaurant was a bit crowded, but we got a table pretty quickly. I spoke to the maître d’ to confirm our 25% off (I had asked the hotel if they could waive the fee for breakfast on account of not having the room ready on time, but they said they could only do 25% off) which he did.

Breafast at the Ritz:
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We spent the first few minutes looking at the food before ordering some fresh-squeezed orange juice form the waiter and taking food from the buffet. After eating all we could from the buffet, my wife asked for take-out containers to be able to fill as well, which she was eventually given. We filled them with even more food for lunch and were out of there by 10:30am.

We packed up our stuff and had the hotel take everything down to the car for us. Our stay was indeed excellent.

Our first stop for the day was Rosh HaNikra. We drove up along highway 4 through Haifa. The Haifa section of the highway was a bit crowded, but I didn’t want to pay the toll to go around. We got to Rosh HaNikra around 1pm.

The first thing we noticed after waiting in line for tickets, was the amount of very nicely dressed Arabs that were there. It was the first day of Eid, and they were all out in their Yom Tov clothes. We went down to the grottos and walked around. It was quite hot, so it was quite a relief when we got in the shade at the beginning and a real bummer when we finished up. We relaxed at the bottom for a few minutes before going back to the car to eat lunch.

The Grottos:
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Official Boarder fence:
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After a relaxing lunch in the car we headed to Acco. When I got to the parking lot we were going to use it was jammed. In fact, the police had blocked off the entrance to Acco right near the Weitzman and David Pinkas Street. That should have been a hint that it was crowded, but we didn’t stop and went to look for parking. The lot we chose was jammed, and nearly everyone was Muslim which I didn’t realize. After waiting there for 10-15 minutes squeezing in around all the cars to try to find a spot, we gave up and went down the block to the lot right before Yehoshafat St. We pulled in, were told we’d have to wait, waited about 5 minutes and left, deciding just to leave for the day.

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My only picture of Acco: the walls of the city

It was a bit disappointing, but DD was getting anxious so back down Weitzman it was. Just as we were no more than 2 blocks away we saw a car pulling out and pulled in. We walked down Weitzman to town, and the close we got the more we noticed that we were the only Jews around. No, it wasn’t scary, but it was something to notice. The closer we got to Acco the louder the Muslim music became and the clearer the street party for Eid appeared. After walking just one block in to the party, DW decided that we were not going to go any further.

Sadly, we turned around at that point and walked to the Gan HaMetsuda Festival Gardens so that I could use the bathroom. While I found the bathroom all right, they wanted 3 shekels to use them, so I turned around and went to the ticket booth. I was schmoozing with the lady there for a bit about being a Jew during Eid (she was not a fan to say the least), and she eventually gave me a pass to use the restroom for free.

We quickly got back to our car and headed to our hotel, the Elma Arts Complex, in Zichron Yaakov.

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Elma Arts Complex Hotel

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Our Room

After checking in at the hotel, we headed out to dinner at the one kosher place in town right on the Midrachov.

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Misadat Nili

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Our food

Dinner was really good and quick. After dinner, I went to daven Mincha down the block at the shul, while DW and DD walked around.

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Midrachov at sunset

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Cong. Ohel Yaakov, Zichron

It was quite nice being out there around sunset time, but alas it was time for DDs bedtime. We headed back to the hotel for our first night in Zichron.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: 3yummyboys on July 18, 2017, 06:42:04 AM
I love how there were about triple the photos of breakfast at the ritz than the actual hotel!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: 12HRS on July 18, 2017, 07:12:23 AM
I love how there were about triple the photos of breakfast at the ritz than the actual hotel!

Taking pictures of the important stuff.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 18, 2017, 08:58:59 AM
I love how there were about triple the photos of breakfast at the ritz than the actual hotel!
I only really started taking more hotel pics at the Ritz, but breakfast is important .
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 18, 2017, 02:51:01 PM
Great new segments! Rosh Hanikra looks really cool - on my list for a future trip. Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Moshe123 on July 18, 2017, 03:01:52 PM
Note to everyone. This is how you do a TR.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 18, 2017, 11:46:10 PM
Great new segments! Rosh Hanikra looks really cool - on my list for a future trip. Keep 'em coming!
Thanks!

Note to everyone. This is how you do a TR.
Aww, thank you!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 18, 2017, 11:48:38 PM
Tzfat and Caesarea

While Tuesday was our only full day in Zichron, and we decided to visit my cousin in Tzfat. We started the day with breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. While most rooms have breakfast included, when booking with SPG points (as a Gold member) you do not get a free breakfast. I spoke with the mashgiach before our trip to confirm the kashrus of the food and he said basically everything was kosher.

Pictures of breakfast at the Elma:
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We had breakfast from the buffet, though I was a tad disappointed having just been at the Ritz’s breakfast. We got ready to go and were in the car by 11:30 am.

We arrived at my cousin’s house in Tzfat at around 1:00 pm. Both DW and DD slept in the car on the way there.  Apparently, my cousin and her husband normally have a late start to their day, as they were just finishing up breakfast when we came. After schmoozing at her house for a while we eventually headed out to a rather late lunch at around 3:00 pm.

My cousin and her husband decided to join us for the day, while her kids were all busy. My cousin’s husband drove us to the center of town, parked and we all walked down to a restaurant. The main street was quite deserted, as it was Tuesday and besides for the big cities, Tuesdays are a quasi-weekend with many people off and businesses closed. We eventually got to the restaurant, and my wife and I ate lunch (my cousin and her husband just got a coffee and a pastry).

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Tzfat

Lunch in Tzfat:
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After lunch, we decided to walk around the old town which was thankfully covered. We walked around there, my wife bought a necklace, and we met a friend of my cousin in one of the (open) shops. From there we decided to walk back most of the way while my cousin’s husband went to get the car. We ended up at a nice park for 10 minutes before he showed up and we went back to their house.

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Park we were at

We picked up our car here, said our goodbyes and drove back to Zichron. Because of our very late lunch we weren’t hungry for dinner so we just put DD to sleep and went to bed.

Wednesday started almost the same as Tuesday. We went to the breakfast buffet (for a charge), played at the pool for a bit, and left the hotel at around 11:30 am.

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Pool in the Elma

After stopping for gas, we went straight to Caesarea, a 15-minute drive away. When we arrived, there were loads of spots in the parking lot and basically no line to get in. When we got to the front of the line to pay I told the woman we’d like a pass for everything. She printed our tickets and we were in.

I brought the baby carrier and was carrying our daughter around everywhere. We walked around the area when my wife saw a sign for a movie. We walked there only to find our tickets didn’t in fact cover everything and it would be an extra fee to see the 10-minute movie. Despite the fact that the room was air conditioned, we decided to skip the movie and head to the famous Amphitheater.

Some random picutes of Caesarea:
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When we got to the ticket check spot we showed our tickets and were told we needed our receipt as well. After showing that we went in. We walked to the amphitheater and looked around a bit before heading back along the water. We didn’t mind one bit walking in the “splash zone” along the water, as it was quite hot out.

More Pictures…
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By the time we got back to the walls heading out of that area, my wife wanted to go back to the movie since we had our receipt and apparently it was good (both the movie and the amphitheater section cost extra). We were told once again that our tickets didn’t include the movie and in the words on the person there, “I don’t know how you got in if you didn’t pay.”

We were enjoying sitting in front of the air conditioning, me taking a break from carrying DD and DW just cooling off, when a large group of Americans walked in and DD went straight for them. After entertaining the group for a bit, and us just sitting there pathetically not going in, the woman working there decided to let us just go in anyway.

It’s a good thing we didn’t end up paying. After about 2 minutes of sitting in the video, DD decided she didn’t like the dark and started whining. Out we went. I offered DW to sit in the rest of the movie about the area, but she didn’t want to, preferring to just go.

We walked out, ate lunch in the car, and were off to Yerushalayim by 1:45 pm. When we arrived in Yerushalayim around 3:00pm, after DW and DD had slept in the car, we first went to the street they named after my wife’s Yerushalmi great-great-grandfather. We filled up the car and drove to the hotel, the Waldorf Astoria.

After dropping DW and DD off at the hotel, I went around the block to return the car. While I first found the car rental office to return the vehicle, they told me that this was not the spot you return cars. I started following the guy’s directions, but after a short while of realizing they were leading nowhere, I went back to the office to ask where to return the car.

Turns out I was going to the wrong area. The correct area to return the car was in an underground parking lot a few blocks away. Once in there were loads of signs for the rental return, and I eventually found it and returned the car.

After a short walk back to the WA, we were off to our room.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Once we were settled in we decided to go out for dinner at Luciana Restaurant in the Mamilla mall. We had a bit of trouble finding it exactly (you enter an indoor part of the mall right near Fox), but we eventually made it upstairs to Luciana. While the restaurant definitely wasn’t cheap (it was the most expensive meal we had in Israel!), the food was absolutely fantastic!! I was literally making sure every last piece of food we got was consumed it was that good.

Dinner at Luciana:
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Inside of the restaurant

After dinner, we walked back to the hotel and got ready for bed. DW took a nice, relaxing bath after DD was asleep while I was on my computer for a bit, and then we went to bed.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Suave on July 19, 2017, 12:19:07 AM
Amazing TR. Thanks for putting the effort in.

Following intently.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: ar on July 19, 2017, 12:24:31 AM
Same here, great TR. Thanks!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 19, 2017, 12:35:09 AM
Amazing TR. Thanks for putting the effort in.

Following intently.
Same here, great TR. Thanks!
You're welcome, guys!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: 12HRS on July 19, 2017, 12:39:33 AM
Your making my trip in a month so much easier!

Did they upgrade you at the waldorf? Kid slept in a crib?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 19, 2017, 12:40:41 AM
Your making my trip in a month so much easier!

Did they upgrade you at the waldorf? Kid slept in a crib?
I'm glad I can help. Yes and yes.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: 12HRS on July 19, 2017, 12:46:15 AM
I'm glad I can help. Yes and yes.

What room was that I assume the junior suite?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 19, 2017, 12:54:13 AM
What room was that I assume the junior suite?
It was room 227. It was a junior suite I guess. I was a Platinum member at Hilton when I booked, so they probably upgraded me.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: skyguy918 on July 19, 2017, 01:01:13 AM
Name of the restaurant in tzfas? Was it good?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 19, 2017, 01:02:23 AM
Name of the restaurant in tzfas? Was it good?
It was quite good. I don't remember the name off hand, but I can look it up.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: TimT on July 19, 2017, 01:17:01 AM
Great job as always, Yehoshua! And thanks for keep on keepin on. That's gotta be tough although it's way more an enjoyable read this way.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: saw50st8 on July 19, 2017, 07:36:34 AM
Love the TR. The food looks incredible.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 19, 2017, 10:13:44 AM
Love the TR. The food looks incredible.

+1! So how much was breakfast at the Ritz and the Art Complex hotel?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: jj1000 on July 19, 2017, 10:14:55 AM
Awesome job! Can't wait for more :)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: cholent on July 19, 2017, 10:28:43 AM
I'll just join the chorus, I'm really enjoying the trip report! Getting me excited for my trip to EY next month
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 19, 2017, 09:18:18 PM
Great job as always, Yehoshua! And thanks for keep on keepin on. That's gotta be tough although it's way more an enjoyable read this way.

Love the TR. The food looks incredible.
Thanks!
+1! So how much was breakfast at the Ritz and the Art Complex hotel?
At the Elma it was $68.73 all in, as charged on my card. IIFC it was around 65 NIS a person including the SPG discount. The Ritz was free.

Awesome job! Can't wait for more :)

I'll just join the chorus, I'm really enjoying the trip report! Getting me excited for my trip to EY next month
Thanks!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 19, 2017, 09:19:51 PM
Music Museum, Geula and the Kotel

For our first morning we were super excited to try the free breakfast. We were down stairs at the breakfast buffet as soon as I got back from the Great Synagogue at around 9:00 am.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

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Our first stop for the day was at the new(-ish) music museum in Kikar HaMusica. It on was a lovely pedestrian-only street with umbrellas overhead for shade.

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Umbrella-covered street

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Music Museum

It was a small museum of 2 floors, though it was done in a very nice way. Each visitor got a tablet and a pair of wireless headphones to go along with it. There were QR codes all over the museum, by each exhibit, that you scanned with the tablet. The code that you scanned had either a video that played or a list of instruments that you were looking at. If you clicked on the instrument you could read about it and hear a sample of someone playing it. You can imagine my surprise when I heard a modern American song playing as the sample music on one of the instruments!

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Music Museum

Finally, at the end of the museum they have a 3D Beis HaMikdash experience. While I’m not one who likes 3D things, especially if it involves putting on goggles which this did, DW was a big fan and really enjoyed herself. DD was not on her best behavior at the museum, so we may have done it a bit quicker than had she not been there, or had she been better behaved, but it was still a fun way to spend 2 hours.

After the music museum, we decided to walk to Geula now that I finally decided what I needed there. Up Yaffo and down Strauss, and before we knew it we were in Geula. I went to get the few things I wanted and we headed back to the hotel. On the way, we decided to stop for lunch at Ma’afe Ne’eman on the corner of King George and Yaffo. We each got a salad bowl which came with a roll.

After a nice, light lunch at the bakery we headed back to the hotel for a bit to relax and cool down. Since we were leaving Israel on Sunday, we decided that a visit to the Kotel was in order since we didn’t want to go on Friday or Shabbos. We walked through Mamilla and through Shaar Yaffo to the Kotel. I davened Mincha there then we headed back.

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Aaron at the Kotel

We met up with my wife’s cousin for a few minutes on the way back, as he was in the Old City anyway for the summer. We stopped at Holy Bagel to pick up food for a light dinner. Once we got our food, we walked out of the Old City and back to our hotel, bidding DW’s cousin goodbye at the Old City walls.

We had an exhausting day of walking, so once we got back to the hotel we just had a light dinner of bagels and I went back to the great Synagogue for Maariv. When I got back, DD was sound asleep, so we just relaxed for the rest of the evening before turning in for the night.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: moisheyb on July 20, 2017, 01:55:14 AM
Great TR so far. So I'm going to be the first to ask whose food was better the ritz or waldorf?
The presentation at the waldorf is outstanding, but the actual food is so so.

Also next time behind the music muesum there's 2 restaurants that are amazing pocolino and a French bakery style place both amazing dairy options.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 08:58:14 AM
Great TR so far. So I'm going to be the first to ask whose food was better the ritz or waldorf?
The presentation at the waldorf is outstanding, but the actual food is so so.

Also next time behind the music muesum there's 2 restaurants that are amazing pocolino and a French bakery style place both amazing dairy options.
It's a tough call between the two. Everything I had at the Waldorf was great (except for a pretzel on the last day), do it's hard for me to stay.

I knew about the two restaurants behind the museum, but we weren't the slightest bit hungry when we were there, and DD was quite fussy when we were leaving. They'll have to wait for another time.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 20, 2017, 10:20:01 AM
Nice segment. Boy, this TR is made up of a lot of food. :P Really making me look forward to staying at a Kosher hotel one day.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 10:38:00 AM
Nice segment. Boy, this TR is made up of a lot of food. :P Really making me look forward to staying at a Kosher hotel one day.
Maybe I just took photos of more food than other things? lol

Yup, there really is nothing like staying in a hotel where the food in included. It's really something that's unique to Israel and a few properties elsewhere in the world.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: aygart on July 20, 2017, 10:53:24 AM
Love the trip report!

Where is the picture of the "No photography" sign at Rosh Hanikra? Without it you are not Yotzei!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 11:15:26 AM
Love the trip report!

Where is the picture of the "No photography" sign at Rosh Hanikra? Without it you are not Yotzei!
Thanks! I honestly didn't see such a sign. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right places...
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: davidmal on July 20, 2017, 01:16:26 PM
While I reviewed your trip I gave you several like. I enjoyed reading and seeing it immensely!
I must say 1/2 of the pictures are food. You could have saved a lot of money and miles and just went to W. Pico!

All joking aside. Fantastic TR, pictures, schedule and all!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 01:19:03 PM
While I reviewed your trip I gave you several like. I enjoyed reading and seeing it immensely!
I must say 1/2 of the pictures are food. You could have saved a lot of money and miles and just went to W. Pico!

All joking aside. Fantastic TR, pictures, schedule and all!
Haha, I have loads more pics, I'm just sharing the one's I have without DW or DD in them. Thanks, I'm glad your're enjoying.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: shmebeble on July 20, 2017, 01:19:40 PM
Haha, I have loads more pics, I'm just sharing the one's I have without DW or DD in them. Thanks, I'm glad your're enjoying.
so give us some more of you ;)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: davidmal on July 20, 2017, 01:20:55 PM
Haha, I have loads more pics, I'm just sharing the one's I have without DW or DD in them. Thanks, I'm glad your're enjoying.
I know. Ps. I think we eat more in israel then we do in the states.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: shwarmabob on July 20, 2017, 04:42:22 PM
very nice TR! it made me really hungry and wanting to visit EY
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: davidmal on July 20, 2017, 05:51:08 PM
very nice TR! it made me really hungry and wanting to visit EY
lol his mission was accomplished!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 05:52:10 PM
very nice TR! it made me really hungry and wanting to visit EY
Thanks!

lol his mission was accomplished!
:)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 10:31:06 PM
Machane Yehuda on Erev Shabbos

Friday started out without many plans. I went to the Great Synagogue for Shachris at 8am once again, and then we went to breakfast at the hotel. The plan was to eat the Friday night meal in our room and Shabbos day at my brother-in-law’s apartment in Machal.

We decided to walk to the shuk, Machane Yehuda. We loaded DD into the baby carrier and were off. With a nice stroll down Yaffo, we eventually arrived at Machane Yehuda around 11:30am. We slowly made our way through all the stalls, pushing our way amongst all the people there.

By this point, DD had fallen asleep in the baby carrier. We were looking for two things: food for Friday night, and some candy for my BIL for the next day. We first stopped to purchase some challah rolls from one stall that thankfully accepted credit card. I mean, when you get 6 rolls for under $4.50 that’s a good deal to me!

Our next stop was at a super crowded candy stall to buy a tray as a gift for Shabbos. My wife got the last tray they had and filled it up for a decent price. Our other goal was to find food for Shabbos. We looked at most of the stalls as we walked up and down the different alleyways of the market, but alas we didn’t end up finding anything worth getting.

We walked back to the WA at that point. We first stopped in a supermarket to get a dip for that evening. Our next stop was at Ma’afe Ne’eman once again to get two salads for Shabbos. We then stopped at Re:bar for a smoothie which was quite refreshing on such a hot day. We finally made it back to the hotel at around 1:15pm.

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Future home of the Museum of Tolerance, Israel

Besides going out to look for some more dips and food for Shabbos a few hours later, we didn’t do that much else on our last full weekday in Israel. We hung around the hotel, got ready for Shabbos, and eventually went to daven at the shul in the hotel around 7:40pm.

I should mention the ordeal with the Shabbos key. All rooms come with a manual key to be used on Shabbos which you get from the front desk before. The first time I went down to get the key they said ours was missing and to come back later. An hour or two later when I showed back up they said they’d need to get an extra key from somewhere else. Finally, on the third attempt, I got them to get the key on the spot from the other location, though they did caution that it was the “extra” key and they didn’t have another. With the Shabbos key in hand, it was time for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 20, 2017, 10:32:01 PM
Shabbos in Yerushalayim
Before shabbos started it was time to put DD to sleep. After we did, my wife went down to the lobby to light. The place to light is just in the middle of the main staircases right in front of our room, which was rather convenient.

I went to daven Mincha/Maariv, after DW came back up from lighting, in the hotel’s basement. It was a very nice davening and lasted about an hour (I’m mentioning the time on purpose). I went back up to the room to get a cup in which I’d get grape juice, and was able to get some from the hotel in the restaurant.

I brought the grape juice upstairs, and we had our meal. It basically consisted of lots of rolls (remember the salads came with rolls too, but they were mezonos), salad and dip. This was enough for us, and we were both very full. We had the chocolates they put in the room every night for dessert. We had eaten dinner in the small room as soon as you walk in which had a door we could close so the light didn’t bother our sleeping DD. I had also set the Shabbos clock in the room to have the entry way lights and bathroom lights go off that night and on again the following evening.

We finished up an hour after we started and went to bed.

The next morning I was up early to go to the Great Synagogue for shachris at 7:55 am. My thinking was that this way we’d—or more accurately I’d—be able to eat breakfast at the hotel after shachris, and the minyan at 8:30 am at the hotel would be too late.

I walked to shul and got there right around 7:55 am. The speed at which they said Pesukei D’zimra was astonishing; they were done by 8:10 am! At that pace, I figured, they’d be done by 9:30 am at the latest! Boy, was I wrong.

There were four men who got up and stood on either side of the chazzan with a choir leader in front of them. Thus began the very, very drawn out davening that the Great Synagogue is known for. We eventually made it to leining at 9:30 am, which once again moved at a normal pace, and we were done by 10:00 am.

Once they chazzan started mussaf and the choir started singing each and every word of Av HaRachamin out loud, I lost it. It was going so painfully slow, that had I stayed for the rest of davening they wouldn’t have finished until around noon! I davened mussaf by myself and went back to the WA for an abridged breakfast.

When I got back to the hotel DW and DD were already at breakfast. While there was definitely less food on Shabbos than there was during the week, there was still plenty to eat. There were bottles of grape juice to make Kiddush, which I did, and then we enjoyed a light breakfast of mainly fruit and pastries.

At around 11:00am we started our hot, hot walk to my BIL’s house. We decided to bring the stroller over the baby carrier, since I didn’t want to hold the baby carrier on my back in the heat. We took it very slow, and a mere 45 minutes later we arrived, very sweaty, at my BIL’s house. My SIL was home, but we basically just sat in front of the AC for a good while until we were nice and cool.

We had lunch, which was very good, and there was another guest there as well. After lunch, we just hung around a bit until a friend came over to visit. We visited a bit which very nice while DD was up and quite fussy. Since she didn’t nap that afternoon, by 5:00 she was getting quite fussy, so we decided to walk back and have her sleep on the way.

The walk back was a lot cooler than the walk there. Maybe it was because there was more shade, maybe because it was later in the day, I’m not sure, but we were back in our room by 5:45 pm.

It was a long day for DD without a nap, so we decided to just to get her ready for bed early. We fed her and put her to bed around 6:00 pm.

We were relaxing a bit, when I ran into friends from LA in the hotel. I knew they were staying in the hotel Saturday night, but they’d apparently walked over from the Herbert Samuel (where they had been staying) to the WA to take advantage of the hotel and see if they could check in early, which they could.

We were schmoozing with them in the small vestibule of our room with the door closed when it was time for me to go to Mincha, again at the hotel. After mincha we ate seuda shlihis in our room with the some of the leftovers we had from Friday. It was finally time to go to maariv and make havdala at the same area that candle lighting was set up in the day before.

We were some of the first ones down to make havdala; we ran down, made havdala and returned the manual key to the front desk (and got them to make us new keys for the last day). We didn’t have many plans for Motzei Shabbos, so we just kept it low key and hung around the hotel for our last night in Israel.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: aygart on July 21, 2017, 12:08:14 AM
As an aside, you could have davened next door in Heichal Shlomo.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 21, 2017, 12:23:22 AM
As an aside, you could have davened next door in Heichal Shlomo.
Now you tell me.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: shiframeir on July 21, 2017, 12:35:59 AM
Now you tell me.
Great TR esp the pics of the Elma (did u feel it was worth it/any issues?). For next time, the best non-shleppy minyan in the area (if u wont shlep further to the Gra in Shaarei Chessed) is to daven in the Leonardo Plaza, their mashgiach/Gabbai is the best and makes sure everything moves at a good pace so people make breakfast etc.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 21, 2017, 12:54:07 AM
Great TR esp the pics of the Elma (did u feel it was worth it/any issues?). For next time, the best non-shleppy minyan in the area (if u wont shlep further to the Gra in Shaarei Chessed) is to daven in the Leonardo Plaza, their mashgiach/Gabbai is the best and makes sure everything moves at a good pace so people make breakfast etc.
Glad you enjoyed! We did enjoy the Elma a lot, and were really happy with the location. It turned out to be quite a relaxing environment.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Proisrael on July 21, 2017, 02:22:25 AM
The highlight of my morning is reading this TR. Thank you!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 21, 2017, 04:02:49 AM
I'm glad you had lots to eat at all those breakfasts, because that Friday night dinner sounds pretty unsatisfying. :P ;D
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Hjay on July 21, 2017, 04:13:37 AM
Amazing TR. really enjoying!!

Thanks!At the Elma it was $68.73 all in, as charged on my card. IIFC it was around 65 NIS a person including the SPG discount. The Ritz was free.

I remember you saying they were only giving you 25% discount on breakfast in the ritz, did that change?

Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 21, 2017, 09:12:56 AM
The highlight of my morning is reading this TR. Thank you!
Lol, glad to provide entertainment.
I'm glad you had lots to eat at all those breakfasts, because that Friday night dinner sounds pretty unsatisfying. ;D
We were full. What can I say?
Amazing TR. really enjoying!!

I remember you saying they were only giving you 25% discount on breakfast in the ritz, did that change?
The Ritz didn't end up changing us for anything, at least as of now.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 23, 2017, 12:45:59 AM
Flights to Hong Kong and Bali
Sunday started much the same as the other days we were at the WA. I went to shul at 8:00 am and met DW and DD at breakfast. After a final breakfast (at which the soft pretzels were quite stale), we went upstairs to pack a bit.

We then went back down stairs to the restaurant to meet up our friends from LA. It was nice seeing both of them (he’d been sleeping on Shabbos) as well as their baby. We didn’t have that much time, but DW got to spend a bit longer than I did since I needed to check out.

At 11:00 am I had a car service pick us up and take us to the airport for 170 Shekel. The driver, a frum man, arrived on time, loaded our things into the car and off we went. We didn’t encounter much traffic and arrived at the airport around 11:45 am.

The check-in hall had a huge line for the counters we needed, but we quickly found the business class line and were through to check-in in a few minutes. The check-in took a really long time, as the agent at first assumed we were Israeli and was asking for our visa to travel to Indonesia. Eventually we were all set.

We walked to security (we couldn’t find a business class line) and immigration. At immigration they were encouraging people to use the automated system, even those people like us who were waiting in line to speak to a person.

I figured I’d go and try the machine, and after my great experience, I had DW go as well. We waited for the person at the counter for DD since she was in her car seat and we didn’t want to take her out of her car seat. Around the corner we went, and as we were about to go through the gates, we couldn’t find DW’s ticket.

At first she became very mad with me, saying how I must have lost it somewhere, and how could I do that. She then proceeded to have me—then her—go through my entire bag to find it. She went back to speak to the agent about what to do if she lost the paper, and he said it would be a whole mess and would take quite a while to sort out.

As DW gets back to me, exasperated, we all walk back to go begin the long process we’d have to go through, we lo and behold there’s DW’s ticket sitting on the floor right where we’d been standing when we were at the window for DD’s customs! We picked up the paper and were off.

Because of the long time it took them to check us in, the wait at security and the whole mix up at customs we were running a bit late. We decided to skip the lounge and head straight for the gate. We got to the gate about 15 minutes before the actually started boarding. Lucky for us there was a kids’ play area right nearby that we let DD run around in to get some of her energy out. Before we knew it, it was time for boarding and we got on the plane.

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Our flight to HKG

We got on the plane and were directed left towards business class. We were seated in the middle section in the 2nd row while the 1st row remained empty the entire flight. The rest of business class was full.

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Lots of leg room on CX’s new A350

It took a bit to get settled, but once we were everything went smoothly. We left a few minutes late, at around 2:15 pm, but the reset of the flight was smooth. As it turns out, the dean of her seminary was on the flight a few rows behind us, so she introduced me to him. We took turns eating lunch while the other person held DD, who was just OK for the flight. They let us bring the Doona on the plane and put it in an empty seat, but DD was not allowed to go in it.

I slept well during the flight. After the meal when it was time to sleep, I did just that: went to sleep. DW and DD slept well too, but upon landing had a hard time. When we were landing (in HKG in the summer), the rough air was a bit too much for DW. I held DD while DW puked her guts out into the provided bag.

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Dinner on CX

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Breakfast on CX

Once we got off the plane in HKG we went through security and made our way to The Wing lounge to rest. Turns out the business class part of The Wing lounge, while they might have nice showers, didn’t have a nice area to wait. We were both very tired, so we schlepped all the way to The Pier Business Class lounge. Once there, we went to the very end, to the quiet room, and just slept.

Well more specifically, DW & DD slept. I went to shower. After my shower, I davened and lied down on another recliner for about 45 minutes. About 10 minutes before we needed to leave the lounge I woke up DW & DD so they could get ready to go. Our gate, number 33, was a few minutes from the lounge, and by the time we got there, they were about to start boarding.
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Our flight to Bali

The plane we were on to Bali was not as nice as the plane to Hong Kong. The seats were almost lie flat, and there were 3 seats in the middle section. We were on the window section with just two seats, which ended up being fine. They did take DD’s car seat away to be returned in DPS.

The flight was short and sweet. DD was in a great mood for the flight spent much of the flight in our laps and on my seat. Before we knew it, we were landing in Bali. After a short taxi to the gate, we were among the first off of the plane, only to have to wait until nearly everyone was gone to get our car seat.

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Food on the way to Bali

We then walked to the customs hall, where we proceeded to wait for about an hour until we finally got through to get our checked bag. We waited again to go through customs though oddly we didn’t see the line for things to declare, so we just went through the regular lane. I was bringing in tuna packets which I declared on the customs form, but ultimately no one was there to give us any problems and we went right through.

The next thing we needed to do was find our guide. I’d hired someone to pick us up at the airport, drive us around for 2 days, and drive us back to the airport all for a grand total of US$115. Right when you exit customs there are loads of people holding up signs for people who they’re going to meet. It was a bit overwhelming, at first, so we just walked around behind them to try to find our guy. I was texting the owner of the company, who said the guide was there. After a bit of back and forth and a lot of hashgacha, I ran into him. His name was Wayan (surprise) and he took us straight to his car.

He had a great attitude, spoke English very well, and was a pleasure to deal with. We sat in a bit of traffic leaving the airport, and even more once we got on our way because it was around 5 pm and rush hour.

I mentioned about an hour in that I needed to stop to get cash at an ATM. Around that time Wayan must have wanted a cigarette, so he pulled over and I took out some cash. He spoke to the owner of the Airbnb we were going to in order to find out exactly where it was. The owner told him, and about one hour and 45 minutes after we left the airport we arrived at our Airbnb.

The owners of the Airbnb, a Norwegian married to a Balinese woman, were actually visiting from Norway for 3 weeks, so she met us at the car and showed us around the place. We got settled, had dinner, and went got ready to go to bed.

Our place in Bali:
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All of a sudden, all the lights went off. Not only was DD scared, but it was pitch black! Within 30 seconds of the lights going out, there was a knock on the front door. It was the owner with a lit candle she was giving us to light all the other candles around their place. No sooner did we light all the candles and get a romantic mood going than the electricity came back on.

Apparently, this was the first time in years that they’d lost all power, but at least it was only for 10 minutes or so. We finished getting ready for bed and went to sleep. It was a long and exhausting two days, but we were finally in Bali.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 24, 2017, 01:54:03 AM
Just curious, why did you go with an AirBnB? To have a kitchen?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 24, 2017, 08:46:41 AM
Just curious, why did you go with an AirBnB? To have a kitchen?
That, it's more space, dry cheap, in the right location, and hotels charge more (points and dollars) for less space.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 24, 2017, 10:22:39 PM
Day 1 in Bali: Coffee Factory, Batik, Silver Market and the Monkey Forest

Our first day in Bali started out at around 8:00am. We’d all gotten to bed on the early side, and as Bali is only 5 hours ahead of Israel, it’s only half the jet lag compared to going to Israel from LA. I woke up, davened and got ready for the day.

We had oatmeal packets we’d brought from LA in small, plastic bowls for breakfast. Once I opened the front door, our hostess also provided us with our requested fruit plate, which was a nice addition to our meal.

As we didn’t know when we’d be up, we asked Wayan to come at 11:00 am, as we likely wouldn’t be ready before then. We decided to do the Coffee plantation, a few of the markets, and the Monkey Forest. If we were still in the mood of continuing, we’d also do the rice terraces, but as it turns out we saved those for tomorrow.

We left at 10:45am, as Wayan had come early and we were ready to go. Our first stop was the chocolate factory, Pod. I had mentioned that I’d wanted to see the cacao growing, and this is where they took us. This was a bit of letdown for me, as we didn’t end up going somewhere where I could buy cocoa powder, rather we went to a factory with a self-guided tour.

After driving for 1:15, we arrived at Pod. We went in and one of the people took us on a “tour.” The reason I put it in quotes is because she just basically showed us a few different cacao pods in different stages of processing. The pods are for demonstration purposes, not for actual use, so it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. We were able to walk along the outside of the building watching them make the chocolate on the inside, but besides reading the signs as to what was happening, there wasn’t anything else going on.

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Pod

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People making chocolate

The people at Pod were extremely nice, and were sorry we couldn’t taste anything (nothing was Kosher, as expected). I inquired about buying cocoa powder, but they don’t sell any. Back in the car we went to our next stop: The Batik factory.

Now when I’d reserved the tour, I thought I was specific about what we wanted to see and what we didn’t want to see. Wayan was just driving us to where he assumed we’d want to go based on the conversation I had before we arrived, so I don’t fault him for anything.

Anyway, after nearly an hour of driving we were there. By this time we were hungry, so we took DD out of the car so she could walk around. We all ate on the side while the people waited for us to be finished before starting our “tour.” Once we were ready to start, the whole “tour” lasted about 10 minutes. It was basically a row outside with a few props to show people what Batik is, as well as a woman actually making it.

In short, Batik is intricately designed fabric, where the patterns are made out of wax, then melted off. The effect is a cool pattern on the fabric. For more info, look on Wikipedia.

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A Batik stamp, one of the methods used to make the Batik patterns

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Examples of different types of Batik

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Woman weaving at Batik

After we finished at the Batik factory, we headed over to the silver market that I’d seen driving to the Batik place. It was just a few doors down.

This place was slightly more interesting. We were met by a guide who took us to the work room of all the people working at the factory in the silver department (the gold department is not open to the public for security reasons, understandably).  We got to see how they made and refined, by hand, many of the pieces they sell. From bending the silver into patterns to adding gems, it was all done here.

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Stairs at the silver place

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Working on the silver

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Their signature moths

After seeing how they made and refined the products, it was time to go into the (nicely air-conditioned) show room. Our guide showed us around for a bit, and DW ended up getting a pair of earrings for under $24, which I thought was a good deal. Sure, I may have been able to get them cheaper elsewhere, but it was cheap enough for me there so I bought them.

From the silver market we headed to the Monkey Forest about 40 minutes away. Wayan dropped us off and showed us where he’d be waiting. The entrance fee (around IDR 50k/person) we paid in cash and in we went. This place was amazing. DD really enjoyed seeing all the monkeys and nearly petting them (there are signs warning against touching them).

We spent about 1:20 there, walking on many of the trails looking for more moneys. It was pretty cool, but after 1:20 DD and DW had had enough, so we left. We drove back through the main part of town, looking at all the shops and “touristy” things that we were avoiding. We were quite tired this point, so despite it only being around 5:15 pm, we headed back for the day and decided to save the Rice Terraces for the next day.

Monkey Forest:
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We arrived back at our place, and while DD and DW were relaxing and going in the pool, I decided to go to the supermarket for some veggies. The owner of the Airbnb offered to take me, so together we set out on the 25-minute drive during rush hour.

I spent about 15 minutes in the supermarket looking at all the vegetables they had, as well as searching the rest of the store for anything kosher. Spoiler alert: they didn’t have anything I could find besides things that don’t need a hechsher. Most of the products are made in Indonesia and are just not kosher.

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Though I was not in the mood to shop for sheitels, but if you were you could always get some at the supermarket

We headed back to our place, and I prepared more noodles for dinner. While I was gone, DW took DD in the pool for a minute, but they both ended up only spending a few minutes in the water. After a nice (and simple) dinner, we bathed DD and put her to bed.

Despite not doing a ton of stuff that day and the day getting off to (in my mind) not such a great start, we had a lovely time and wanted to rest up for our next and final day in Bali.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: cholent on July 24, 2017, 10:57:38 PM
Sorry part of your day didn't work out, but I'm still enjoying reading about it! Thanks for continuing to post and not leaving the tr hanging like so many others
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 24, 2017, 10:59:53 PM
Sorry part of your day didn't work out, but I'm still enjoying reading about it! Thanks for continuing to post and not leaving the tr hanging like so many others
You're welcome. Almost done...
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Moshe123 on July 24, 2017, 11:26:19 PM
It's amazing, Yehoshua!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 25, 2017, 10:23:41 PM
It's amazing, Yehoshua!

+1 Monkey forest looked really cool!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 25, 2017, 11:41:37 PM
Day 2 in Bali: Rice terraces and the Bali Zoo

For our second day in Bali we planned to take it a bit easier and opted for just 2 stops: The rice terraces and the zoo. We woke up a bit earlier than the day before, got ready and were out the door to go by 10:15 am. Once again, our hosts provided us with fresh fruit in the morning, though we didn’t eat a ton of it before heading out.

Our first stop was the rice terraces. We were visiting in the beginning of July, so it was the off season for rice: none was growing. That didn’t stop us from enjoying it though. We arrived at the rice terraces 35 minutes after leaving our Airbnb, which was quite close.

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Seen in the parking lot near the rice terraces

Once there, we parked and went down to pay the nominal entrance fee. We then proceeded to walk about 5 minutes down the main street to where the entrance was located. There was no one to take our tickets when we got there; I think it’s mainly on the honor system. Our guide told us where to meet him on the way back, and off we were.

I’d always wanted to walk down the rice terraces to see them from the bottom, but DW wasn’t such a fan of walking. DD was in the backpack carrier, so she didn’t care either way. We started walking down the mountain. While it’s not the easiest of paths (it’s not paved and there are no escalators), we made it about 75% of the way down.

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Views of the rice terraces

At that point DW had had enough, and I didn’t want to push her any more. We stopped under an overhang/rest area where a small shop was set up selling cold beverages. We admired the surrounding area, took a few pictures and then began the climb up.

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The daunting climb up

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Once back on the street, we decided to look for some souvenirs at the many stalls we passed on the way there.  We ended up buying a shot glass and a dress for DD, both of which averaged out to a good price. We made it back to the car, found Wayan, and were off to the Zoo.

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Bali zoo

About an hour after we left the rice terraces we arrived at the zoo. Once again Wayan explained that he’d wait near the car and we’d see him when we were done. We got our tickets for the zoo (which were about ~$25/person) and then sat down right outside the zoo to eat lunch, as no food is allowed in.

After eating lunch we were ready to go. We’d brought the Doona this time so DW could go in if she wanted to, she just didn’t want to. They took the obligatory photo of us holding some colorful birds, but here they actually took it with your camera in addition to the zoo’s camera. Sweet!

We ended up exploring the zoo backwards. The path that loops around the entire zoo went one way and we were going the other way. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but the worst part was some of the signs were angled the wrong way for us. Ultimately it wasn’t the biggest deal, but most people view the zoo the other way.

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DD loved the zoo! At every new animal she would just stop and look at it before either reaching for it or just walking on. I’d say the highlight of the zoo for her was the petting zoo. Here, unlike in the US, the petting zoo was just open to the public, without having any zoo employees around. Among the animals they had in the petting zoo were some kangaroos, goats, and a lamb.

DD had a great time sticking her hand out to all the animals and looking at all of them up close and personal. This exhibit wasn’t extremely large, but the animals were all (either on sedatives or just) extremely calm and friendly. I’d say it was probably her highlight of the trip to Bali!

After walking around the main path we took the bus to the elephant exhibit. Most people going here are paying to go on the elephants and ride them around the path. We weren’t. We just went to see them and to explore the area. Lucky for us it was feeding time for one of the elephants just as we were arriving.

We got to feed the elephant some food (for free!) and pet its trunk. It was a bit close for such a large animal for DD, but DW and I both enjoyed it a lot. We only spent 20 minutes or so in the elephant area before heading back and out of the zoo.

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Feeding the elephant

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Elephant saddled up for a ride

We met Wayan in the parking lot where he was talking with lots of other guides. The drive back to our place was pretty quick at only about 30 minutes, and that includes stopping for a religious procession. We made up with Wayan that he’d pick us up the following day to take us to the airport at 11:00 am and bid him good night.

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Religious procession blocking traffic

We had more cup-of-soups and vegetables for dinner and put DD to sleep. We relaxed for some time, as well as packed up a bit before turning in for the night. I know it sounds boring, but the Bali Zoo was one of the highlights of our trip to Bali and I’d highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: mgarfin on July 25, 2017, 11:59:14 PM
Nice TR

What is the reason you went all the way to Bali?
What is unique about this place, beaches?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2017, 01:01:49 AM
Nice TR

What is the reason you went all the way to Bali?
What is unique about this place, beaches?
Thanks. Because it's pretty. We didn't go to any beaches.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Luvtotravel on July 26, 2017, 01:35:45 AM
im really enjoying your TR and nice to see how much you can accomplish even with a little tagalong. though i would like to point out that your DW would probably appreciate DD to be in the Doona instead of herself...
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 26, 2017, 12:57:57 PM
Nice TR

What is the reason you went all the way to Bali?
What is unique about this place, beaches?

I went to Bali with my family as a kid and not only is it beautiful but they have a really cool Hindu culture.  Not sure why the Muslim raiders didn't continue on to their island along with the rest of Indonesia or how they were able to repel them but they have maintained a very beautiful old culture and history.  I always tell people that want to visit India (especially with kids) to maybe just go here, get beautiful beaches, kind people, and still get to see all the cows running around like in India, but without all the extreme poverty, vaccines and other headaches that an India trip entails. 

Yehoshua chose to AirBnB this trip (which seems like a perfect choice for his family) but there are INSANELY awesome points properties here. I think the DDF crowd tends toward Thailand simply because of Chabad and kosher food but Bali is definitely as cool of a destination.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2017, 01:04:14 PM
The main reason I went with Airbnb as opposed to hotels was because of price. While the hotels in Nusa Dua do offer some great cash deals, we really wanted to be in Ubud. There's a few hotels there, but we weren't interested in spending the cash/points to stay in a 1 room place when for the same price we could have an entire house all to ourselves with a great, private swimming pool (which I'll speak more about in the final segment coming (hopefully) tonight.

Everything else you said about Bali is true though, form the Hindu culture to the friendly people. I'm not either sure how the Muslims didn't get a hold in Bali, but I'm sure glad they didn't.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 26, 2017, 04:29:47 PM
The main reason I went with Airbnb as opposed to hotels was because of price. While the hotels in Nusa Dua do offer some great cash deals, we really wanted to be in Ubud. There's a few hotels there, but we weren't interested in spending the cash/points to stay in a 1 room place when for the same price we could have an entire house all to ourselves with a great, private swimming pool (which I'll speak more about in the final segment coming (hopefully) tonight.

Everything else you said about Bali is true though, form the Hindu culture to the friendly people. I'm not either sure how the Muslims didn't get a hold in Bali, but I'm sure glad they didn't.

I totally get it about not doing a hotel room with kids and yes, yeay to the Balinese for not becoming Muslim...lol...seriously, now I want to do some research as to how they historically managed to do that.  When we were in the Maldives (that used to be Buddhist) one of the lifeguards was schmoozing with my husband and was totally honest when my husband asked how all these islands in the middle of the Indian ocean became Muslim and he said that Barbary pirates (from Tripoli, think Marine fight song) kept taking people as slaves and stealing all our women but said they'd stop if we'd convert so our king decided we should do that...and the rest is history....
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2017, 04:42:06 PM
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Awesome...
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: skyguy918 on July 26, 2017, 04:44:40 PM
I went to Bali with my family as a kid and not only is it beautiful but they have a really cool Hindu culture.  Not sure why the Muslim raiders didn't continue on to their island along with the rest of Indonesia or how they were able to repel them but they have maintained a very beautiful old culture and history.  I always tell people that want to visit India (especially with kids) to maybe just go here, get beautiful beaches, kind people, and still get to see all the cows running around like in India, but without all the extreme poverty, vaccines and other headaches that an India trip entails. 

Yehoshua chose to AirBnB this trip (which seems like a perfect choice for his family) but there are INSANELY awesome points properties here. I think the DDF crowd tends toward Thailand simply because of Chabad and kosher food but Bali is definitely as cool of a destination.
I totally get it about not doing a hotel room with kids and yes, yeay to the Balinese for not becoming Muslim...lol...seriously, now I want to do some research as to how they historically managed to do that.  When we were in the Maldives (that used to be Buddhist) one of the lifeguards was schmoozing with my husband and was totally honest when my husband asked how all these islands in the middle of the Indian ocean became Muslim and he said that Barbary pirates (from Tripoli, think Marine fight song) kept taking people as slaves and stealing all our women but said they'd stop if we'd convert so our king decided we should do that...and the rest is history....
Wikipedia seems to indicate that none of the Muslim countries of that region became Muslim by force:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_Maldives#History
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Indonesia#Spread_of_Islam_.281200.E2.80.931600.29

It's actually pretty interesting to see the variation in religion between the various islands of Indonesia:

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Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2017, 04:54:48 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4206/35739552291_d2c4e5ab92_b.jpg)Awesome...
What's your comment?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2017, 04:55:26 PM
Wikipedia seems to indicate that none of the Muslim countries of that region became Muslim by force:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_Maldives#History
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Indonesia#Spread_of_Islam_.281200.E2.80.931600.29

It's actually pretty interesting to see the variation in religion between the various islands of Indonesia:

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Yup, I showed that map to people who asked, "isn't Indonesia a Muslim country?"  :)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2017, 05:20:55 PM
What's your comment?
you missed it go back....
Awesome...
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2017, 05:38:21 PM
you missed it go back....
I did indeed.  :)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 26, 2017, 07:29:48 PM
Wikipedia seems to indicate that none of the Muslim countries of that region became Muslim by force


Do those pages also say "Islam is the religion of Peace" and "Jihad is the internal struggle with ourselves?"  :P
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Proisrael on July 27, 2017, 06:47:23 AM
What happened to the final installment? My morning was not the same! :P
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: 3yummyboys on July 27, 2017, 08:06:17 AM
What happened to the final installment? My morning was not the same! :P

lol I had the same thought! This has been my reading material when I'm up in the middle of the night with my baby!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 27, 2017, 09:12:07 AM
What happened to the final installment? My morning was not the same!
lol I had the same thought! This has been my reading material when I'm up in the middle of the night with my baby!
Sorry guy, it's written  I was just busy last night and need to choose pics; it's a long segment.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 27, 2017, 02:54:35 PM
Last day in Bali & flights back home: DPS-HKG-ICN-LAX

Our flight left in the late afternoon back to HKG, around 4:10 pm. For our last morning in Bali we decided to just stick to the Airbnb so DW and DD could go swimming in the pool. After we woke up and got ready, that’s exactly what they did.

While swimming in the pool seemed like a good idea, it was in fact a bit chilly for DW to be in the water, and DD wasn’t interested in swimming either for that matter. They both spent about 30 minutes in and out of the water while I watched before coming out and showering.

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While we didn’t use it, this is the outdoor shower

We had made up with Wayan to pick us up to go back to the airport at around 11 am. While DW bathed DD quickly and showered herself, I packed up. By the time they were ready to go it was around 11:00 am. We didn’t see our Norwegian hosts when we left, but bid goodbye to those around us.

A short 1:20 minutes later we arrived at the airport. I paid Wayan and we were off.  Inside the (not so air conditioned) terminal we had to first pass through a security check where all bags were screened. When we got to the Cathay check-in counter there was no one in line, though a queue started forming after us.

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Sign in the bathroom at DPS airport

We were in economy on this leg, but I decided to try my luck with checking our bag all the way though to LAX. Sure enough it worked! I showed them my (paper) itinerary for the connecting flights in HKG and ICN on Korean Air, and after a while she was able to check the bag all the way to LAX. She even put a “first class” sticker on the bag and allowed us to carry all our carry-ons with us, despite us being in economy on the way to HKG. Score!

We proceeded though security to the terminal and up to the lounge. While the lounge was just a contract lounge used by tons of airlines, we got in with my Priority Pass, courtesy of the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.

The first thing we did was have lunch, some leftover soups. We took turns eating at the table and looking after DD. We spent some time in the kids room with her before another family came in with their kids and DD was able to socialize a bit.

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I guess this is how you say seltzer in Indonesian

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Some pictures of the lounge in DPS; it was quite crowded when I went so no good pictures

Before we knew it, it was time to go to the gate. Once at the gate we had all our bags searched again (not sure why), as it was the only way to get into the gate. Shortly after we arrived boarding began with people with disabilities and kids, in other words us.

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Our flight

We boarded the plane and settled in. I checked on my phone and the seat next to us was blocked, presumably because we had an infant with us. While they airline made us check the car seat for the flight, having the extra seat really helped. The airline even gave us a bassinet to use, though we mainly used it for storage and DD didn’t want to lie down.

We left a few minutes late and had a pretty smooth flight. The salmon meals were good, though there was not as many side dishes as in first or busienss.

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Meal on Cathay, coach

Before we knew it we were landing in HKG. We got off the plane and were waiting for our luggage along with a family that as traveling from Bali to Hong Kong to Vancouver to a smaller town in BC with 2 small kids. When the crew came off the plane and we were still waiting there we knew we’d need help. I spoke to some one and a short time later they brought us our Doona and the other family their stroller.

Since everyone was way ahead of us and it was now almost 10:00pm in HKG, we were through the health check in a matter of minutes looking for the Korean Air transit desk. While it took a while to find, there was no line at the desk when we arrived. After waiting for a while for the agent to fix the broken boarding pass printer, we got our new boarding passes and headed to transit security.

We had a while before our next flight, so after security we headed to the lounge. While I’ve only ever been to The Wing and The Pier lounges in HKG, this was my first time at another lounge. The lounge itself was pretty basic. We parked our stuff down in a pretty much empty area and I went to shower. The shower rooms were empty, and the shower was fine. We waited until it was about 50 minutes before our flight (which was at 12:45 am) to head to the gate, at around 11:55 pm.

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Redeye flight to Seoul

We got to the gate and boarded relatively easily. Once on the plane, we headed to our seats, 1A and 1K in the very nose of the 747! While I’d have loved to be in these seats on a daytime flight where I didn’t just want to sleep, that was not the case. At ~3 long, this was a relatively short redeye flight that definitely left us quite tired. They don’t provide amenity kits on the short flights, but the flight attendant did have an eye mask for me.

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Korean First Class, 747

We left relatively on time and took off a few minutes later. A few seconds after takeoff I reclined into a bed and was sound asleep in a matter of minutes. After what felt like 10 minutes but in reality was the entire flight with just 10 minutes to go, we were landing in Incheon. We landed on time at 5:25 am on Friday. We were all a bit tired, but we got off the plane and groggily headed to the transit area.

They wanted DW to remove DD from the Doona, but she didn’t and they ended up being ok with it. They understood that we were coming off a redeye flight and were not in the best moods. We found the Korean Air First lounge a few minutes later and went up. It was quite empty when we first arrived they barely had any food out (not that it was kosher). We did see they had a few flavors of Haagen Dazs in the freezer, but that’d have to wait.

I first needed to daven, which I did in a conference-type room. I say that because there was not a long table like your western conference room, but rather a lot of chairs in a U around a low table. After I davened it was time to shower, first DW than me. While DW was showering I took advantage of the free luggage tags they offer and requested some for all of us.

We had a bit of time in the lounge—around 5 hours total—so after a while we went on a walk in the terminal, leaving our bags in the lockers. As we were getting ready to leave, the lounge associate informed us our luggage tags were ready. Boy are they nice!

We walked around a bit, watching the terminal fill up. By this time it was around 8:00 am, the middle of rush hour. We walked down the terminal looking at all the shops. We let DD walk as well as push the Doona, though that didn’t end well. We stopped by a piano that was playing itself and watching it for a bit before returning to the terminal.

We got back to the lounge with a bit more time to kill. At this point we were kind of hungry again, so we had some bread from our bag and some fresh vegetables form the lounge. DW even had a Haagen Dasz ice cream.

Around an hour later at 10:00, about 1:30 minutes prior to departure of our next flight, we were getting antsy, so we just decided to take a leisurely walk to the gate. We got to the gate about 15 minutes before they started boarding our flight, so we just sat tight.

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Our flight to LAX

We boarded first (because of the baby, not because we were in first class), and they let us keep the Doona in another seat. We got to our seats, and before we knew it we were ready to go. It was cool being the only passengers (there was one crew) in First Class and having the entire cabin to ourselves.

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One of our 7 seats, Korean Air F

Shortly after take-off we put DD to bed in the seat next to DW, and I joined DW for lunch in her suite. It was cool eating together, the first time we’d eaten facing each other on a plane. We had a lovely meal, though it got quite turbulent at the end. I didn’t have a seat belt on, being seated across form DW, though when the flight attendants were asked to take their seats because of the weather I got a bit nervous and decided to go back to my seat. I quickly jumped over to my seat and buckled up.

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Korean Air Lunch; Mains: Spinach and Muhroom in puff pastry & a savory pancake

At this point we just wanted to go to sleep. Since it was just us, we asked them to turn off the lights and make our beds, which they gladly did for us, as soon as the turbulence stopped and they were able to get up. I kind of felt bad for the flight attendants on this flight.

They were so b-o-r-e-d, all three of them. Either way, they turned off the lights and we both slept; DW for 3:30 and I slept 5:00. When we woke up it was pitch black outside.

Either way, since DD and DW were up before I got up, she just let DD excitedly explore the cabin. Once I was up and I had them turn on the lights (there’s no point to keeping them off if we’re up, right?) we decided to have breakfast.

Since DD was up at this time, we ate breakfast in shifts, first me then DW. Before we knew it, it was getting light outside and another Friday was dawning. We flew down the coast to some of the amazing views I was treated to last time I flew in from Asia, and before we knew it we landed in LAX at 7:15 am, Friday.

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”Breakfast” including vegetables and soul (fish)

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Sunrise #2 of Friday

We were out of the plane in no time, and made the long walk to customs. One interesting thing to note, was there was no picture of the president when we were going down the escalator to customs like there was last time. I guess LAX is not a Trump fan.

We were through customs in a matter of minutes, and met by my father waiting to take us home. It was a long 2 days of travel to get home, and sure, we could have done it a bit quicker, but in the end we were happy with Korean Air and all our other flights. A mere 18 days after we left, we were home again, ready to rejuvenate and recuperate for our next big adventure.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: moisheyb on July 27, 2017, 04:08:51 PM
Wow very nice! Great TR in a timely manner
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: 3yummyboys on July 27, 2017, 04:16:42 PM
Sorry guy, it's written  I was just busy last night and need to choose pics; it's a long segment.

I was debating if I should wait to finish reading till tonight, but I couldn't resist! Awesome finish to a great TR! Thanks for taking the time and effort !

Can you post a link to the air bnb place you stayed?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 27, 2017, 04:21:27 PM
Wow very nice! Great TR in a timely manner
Thanks!

I was debating if I should wait to finish reading till tonight, but I couldn't resist! Awesome finish to a great TR! Thanks for taking the time and effort !

Can you post a link to the air bnb place you stayed?
You're most welcome! Here (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11149548) is the link to the Airbnb place we stayed in.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: shmebeble on July 27, 2017, 04:25:06 PM
Thanks!
You're most welcome! Here (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11149548) is the link to the Airbnb place we stayed in.
did the airbnb feel safe? I know that is subjective.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 27, 2017, 04:39:39 PM
did the airbnb feel safe? I know that is subjective.
Extremely! It was inside a compound with people working there really late and very early. They may have been there overnight, but I'm not sure.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: shmuels2 on July 27, 2017, 04:45:57 PM
Great TR, and great to know that Korean charges 10% of mileage for infant!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Moshe123 on July 28, 2017, 12:09:28 AM
Super!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 28, 2017, 12:13:50 AM
Super!

Yes, totally great all around!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 28, 2017, 12:38:37 AM
Great TR, and great to know that Korean charges 10% of mileage for infant!
Super!
Yes, totally great all around!
Thanks!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Hjay on July 28, 2017, 01:35:05 AM
Great TR! Amazing how fast you churned it out!

Meant to ask you this earlier, I've been to the ritz already & now deciding if I should check out Elma but from your pix it would seem like its not worth spending that much points on it if there's a much nicer hotel (ritz) for just a few points more not to far away, what do u say?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Something Fishy on July 28, 2017, 01:40:04 AM
Great TR! Amazing Horrible how fast you churned it out!

FTFY.

He's making me look bad :-X.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 28, 2017, 08:59:23 AM
Great TR! Amazing how fast you churned it out!

Meant to ask you this earlier, I've been to the ritz already & now deciding if I should check out Elma but from your pix it would seem like its not worth spending that much points on it if there's a much nicer hotel (ritz) for just a few points more not to far away, what do u say?
That depends on where you want to stay. We loved the Elma and would stay there again.
FTFY.

He's making me look bad :-X.
You know that wasn't my point. You spend more time editing your pics before posting, while I just do minor edits with the majority unedited.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: @Yehuda on July 30, 2017, 10:24:57 AM
Great last few segments! No pics of the pool in Bali? The Korean flights looked awesome!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 30, 2017, 10:32:21 AM
Great last few segments! No pics of the pool in Bali? The Korean flights looked awesome!
Thanks! I have some, but they're with people in them. The KE flight was awesome!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Denverite on July 30, 2017, 10:27:54 PM
FTFY.

He's making me look bad :-X.

So do you wanna redeem yourself and do another private island installment?  :P  Yehoshua is totally correct that everyone would be really happy with unedited photos in another installment. :)
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Proisrael on July 31, 2017, 03:25:56 AM
Phenomenal TR!! Just curious at what point was it getting dark? Was it not Friday night at a certain point?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on July 31, 2017, 08:58:07 AM
Phenomenal TR!! Just curious at what point was it getting dark? Was it not Friday night at a certain point?
Thanks! Friday night started after we passed the date line by quite a few hundred miles. That's the benefit of a morning flight leaving ICN and why we specifically took this flight as opposed to the 3pm flight.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: sb on August 02, 2017, 03:14:14 PM
Hi, I wanted to ask you about the Hotel in Zichron Yaakov, did you have any problems with your kid being in the room? SPG told us that there may be a problem if we have kids in the room, because it's officially only for 2 people.

Also, how much was the breakfast at the hotel?

and, do you know the specific hechsher for that restaurant "nilli"?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 02, 2017, 03:21:44 PM
Hi, I wanted to ask you about the Hotel in Zichron Yaakov, did you have any problems with your kid being in the room? SPG told us that there may be a problem if we have kids in the room, because it's officially only for 2 people.

Also, how much was the breakfast at the hotel?

and, do you know the specific hechsher for that restaurant "nilli"?
We didn't have any problems with a kid in the room. I even told them in advance that I was bringing a kid. The breakfast was good. See pics above. The teuda for the restaurant is attached.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: sb on August 02, 2017, 03:26:05 PM
nice, thanks for the reply,
and thanks for the awesome TR- got some great ideas for attractions in the area.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 02, 2017, 03:34:02 PM
nice, thanks for the reply,
and thanks for the awesome TR- got some great ideas for attractions in the area.
Glad to help!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: davidmal on August 03, 2017, 01:46:23 PM

Love it!
Great Job.
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on August 03, 2017, 01:49:02 PM
Love it!
Great Job.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: julienbortz on November 02, 2017, 04:25:17 PM
Does anyone know if the ICN-TLV 777 on Korean (KE957) has the Kosmo Suites and not the Kosmo Sleeper? Thanks!
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on November 02, 2017, 06:01:03 PM
Does anyone know if the ICN-TLV 777 on Korean (KE957) has the Kosmo Suites and not the Kosmo Sleeper? Thanks!
Wrong place to post. Why not check EF?
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: EJB on November 02, 2017, 08:03:28 PM
Wrong place to post. Why not check EF?

When I flew it last Jan it was Kosmo 1.0 suites
Title: Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days
Post by: Yehoshua on November 02, 2017, 08:48:38 PM
When I flew it last Jan it was Kosmo 1.0 suites
Same as I flew in July.