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Re: A Week in London for 2 Nice and to the point TR .
December 23, 2016, 10:29:46 AM
Sam 28 Vancouver / LA / palm springs TR Aug 2016 Vancouver / LA /palm springs TR Aug 2016

I was looking for first class tickets for me my wife and 2 kids age 2 and 9 but was only able to find business class tickets. About 1 week before traveling I booked 4 tickets on BA web site with Cathay Pacific. Cost of ticket was 37,500k BA miles and $5.00 for each ticket. 

AUG 21 DAY 1

We arrived to JFK 2 hours before our flight. Check in was fast, there was almost no line by security. We went into the BA lounge; it was not bad at all. Our flight was supposed to leave at 9:45 but it was delayed till 10:30. We finally boarded our Cathay Pacific business class, the service was great Our seats were great too.  We managed to sleep a little but the flight went fast. I did not eat the kosher meal but it looked pretty decent. We landed at 1:10am!

I was supposed to pick up a car by Avis but for some reason it took a while for the airplane to bring our car seat. When I got to the Avis counter it was closed, was told by someone I missed them with 2 minutes.

Pictures of the plane


Big one in here seat


Food I did not eat

Since we did not have a car we had no choice but to take a cab to our hotel. The way took 25 minutes and they charged $30.00 CAN flat rate.

We arrived at our hotel at 2:30am. Check in was quick. I couldnít fall asleep since we were still on NYC time but the kids slept and it was a great start for our vacation.
We stayed in Westin Grand Vancouver, since they were the only one available with points. We got upgraded to a one bedroom corner suite with a balcony. The view was very nice but the room was small but it worked out because we had two rooms. They gave us a big refrigerator and they gave great service.   

Hotel cost was 12k spg per night we stayed there for 4 night the total cost was 46k spg .

Aug 22 day 2

We woke up bright and early on NYC time. The weather was absolutely beautiful. I davened and ate a good breakfast that we bought along on our balcony it was so nice. I was searching for a car in the area but none were available or for $120 a day. So I went to the airport by train for $2.75. The way took about 25 minutes. I got my car went back to hotel to pick up my family.

We couldnít decide what to do cuz we were all tired and wanted to take it easy.

We went to Stanley Park, rented bikes and biked the path. The views were amazing, itís really stunning there. We spent there about 4 hours. Then the little one got tired so I dropped off my wife and the little one to the hotel and me and my 9 year old went to Canada Place. The view up there is breathtaking.  We did fly over Canada, itís a must to do, itís interesting and fun. The whole thing took about 45 minutes and  And we called it a day!

Pictures of Stanley park

U can take this round the park for a 1 hour tour we did not do it .

Pictures of Fly over Canada

At 7 oíclock we went to eat at Maple Grill. It was very very busy but they got us a table in 5 minutes. The food was good but nothing special. The price is ok, it took very long for waiter to take our order and then ages till we got our food. They have a few parking spots behind the restaurant or you have to park on the street and pay a meter.

Pictures of food

Soup for kid


We made early night, we were all exhausted but wow what a great day.
Since it was out daughterís birthday they sent us up some stuff it was not kosher but it was nice of them.

Picture of birthday chocolate


To be continued

June 08, 2017, 11:09:34 AM
Re: Sam 28 Vancouver / LA / palm springs TR Aug 2016 Aug 25 day 5 last day in Vancouver

I bought tickets with WestJet from YVR to LAX. It was $133.00 each. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 7:45 pm. The way took only about 2 hours 15 minutes. For some reason they did not charge us for our suitcases and 2 boxes of food.

So for the last day in Vancouver upon wakeup we ate breakfast in our hotel room. The weather was beautiful. We really wanted to go to Island Victoria but it was too risky. We went to the Harbor where all the boats leave to the islands, and decided to go to Bowen Island.  Itís a 30 minute ferry ride with beautiful views on the water. Our ferry was supposed to leave at 12:10. We had 35 minutes to kill till our boat will depart so we went around the shops outside the harbor, thereís a nice park with a playground and lots of stores. The view around the harbor is beautiful.

There isnít much to do on the Island. We took a nice walk on a trail and headed back to our ferry. But it was worth it cuz the water is so nice the mountains round and round was spectacular to see.  If you have the time to go to Island Victoria itís a must. Even just for the amazing views from the boat.

When we got back was about 3:30 so we went straight to the airport. Meanwhile I called Sabras and ordered 2 pizza pies to go. So it would be ready when we got there. The store is about 15 minutes from the airport. The pizzas were yum!

Picture of the day

Saying goodbye from the plane to Vancouver 

Then off to the airport to lax

AUG 25 11 pm we arrived in LAX .

August 26 - Friday
We stayed at Sheraton by the airport. In the morning I went to Avis to pick up my car. We drove into Los Angeles to get a good breakfast. We ate by Pico Cafť, the food was very good. Then we went to buy some groceries for Shabbos.

About 12:30 we headed out to my most favorite place called Palm Springs. I have been there a few times already and will go back as much as I can.

It was 120 degrees when we got there but I still love that place. We rented a house for the weekend and ended up staying till Tuesday. It was really really hot everyday. All we did was relax in the pool from morning to night. It was truly amazing .

Pic of the food in pico cafť la

Tuna melt

Pictures of palm springs house, pool view

On Tuesday morning we left Palm Springs at about 8:30 heading to Disneyland. We were in the park by 11AM. We were there all day till 10pm. The kids had the time of their life and so did the adults.That night we stayed in Sheraton at the airport.

Wednesday Morning I returned my car and headed to the airport. Our flight was 11am back to NYC.

Overall we had a great fun vacation. We will for sure go back to Vancouver.   

I hope this trip report is not too long and that you enjoyed reading it!

June 25, 2017, 02:20:10 PM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Can anyone suggest (from your experience) a good place to stay for shabbos in the swiss alps? I know there are a few options, kosher hotels in Davos, Arosa etc. Just trying to see what the best option would be...

I was in Crans montana I relay enjoyed it

May 23, 2018, 05:11:47 PM
Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017 Cancun TR FEB 2017

Me and my wife decided to go to Cancun for a long weekend. I checked online tickets with Ba points about 3 weeks before. The only thing available was in business for 25k per way. So I went ahead and booked that.

2 days before we were set to travel our babysitter canceled on us. We had no choice but to take along our toddler. I wanted to book a ticket for her in business but there was nothing available only in economy. I couldnít book economy because she canít travel alone at the age of two.

So I called up BA spent more than an hour on the phone till they finally booked me the ticket.

I had a friend with his wife on the same flight and they were booked in economy class so my plan was we will change seats in the airport.

I arrive to the airport to check in and they tell me we canít let you on to the flight, why we booked separately, we asked to change seats with my friend they didnít let so we asked for economy seats for us they kept saying they cannot do it. After holding is up for an hour at AA check in counter they gave us 3 economy seats. They gave us a very hard time and it was very upsetting they didnít let my friend take our seat.

Our flight was February 22 with American Airlines. The flight was great service was ok, we landed 7:30pm.

At the airport when we walked through customs we got the green light, but we look like Jews they still made us open one of our suitcases. We had luck because the one they asked for was the one without food. Other suitcase was full of food, dairy,  etc.

We had ordered a driver; he took us to our hotel for $20.00 usd.

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, since Iím a platinum member I got upgraded to a beautiful ocean front room with a balcony. Their service was fantastic! Our baby got a big crib with a cute bag full of toys and lotions for the baby.

The reason we stayed at the Ritz was because the Hyatt was sold out.

We loved every second at the Ritz and wished we couldíve stayed longer. But I couldnít stay there for Shabbos. I wanted to be walking distance to Chabad as we ate there. So for Shabbos we stayed at Intercontinental President hotel. We got a nice suite ocean front no balcony. This hotel is about a 12-minute walk to Chabad.

So on the first night we sat on our porch enjoyed the weather, strolled around the hotel which was amazing and went to bed.

Some picture of the hotel and our room.

Nice welcome note on the bed with slippers

Welcome gift not kosher

Our porch

The pool from our room view


View from the other side of my room

View from the hallway

 Daughter enjoying the pool



June 27, 2018, 04:10:49 PM
Re: Maui Trip Report December 2018 - one week in paradise Thanks for the TR and the pictures it looks amazing .
December 16, 2018, 12:14:14 PM
Re: Sam 28 Cancun TR FEB 2017
I'm booked at the ritz and I see the ziva is available. what would u say is the better choice?

I would say the Ritz

January 19, 2019, 10:30:31 PM
Sam 28 Greece TR May 2018 Greece TR May 1 2018

We decide to go to Israel for Lag baomer from NYC.

On our way back we will stop in Santorini Greece for a few days.

Trip planning

2 weeks before our trip I was looking for some advice on Dan Deals but there was not much information on the Greece thread. So it was little hard doing my own homework.

First I had to decide in which area to stay and decided on Oia. Then to decide which hotel to choose in Oia, so many hotels came up and most of them had good reviews.

Finally I booked La Perla Villas. It had very good reviews, from the pictures I saw the hotel has beautiful views. Part of the amenities were that they have a big refrigerator so I can keep my kosher food in it.

I booked tickets from TLV to ATH to JTR.

There are not many flights from Tlv to JTR. You have  morning flights or you have to stay overnight in ATH.

Our flight was with Aegean Air it leaves 5:10 am with a stop in Ath and arrives 11:10 am total of 2 tickets were $280.00.

I booked a car on Priceline with Avis. Total cost for 3 days was $140.00

I ordered food from Chabad of Athens. It wasnít cheap but was worth it. They shipped it with a ferry and our hotel concierge picked it up at the dock and delivered to our room. When we arrived to the hotel all the food was there. Every single dish breakfast and dinner was delicious.

My coming home flight I used  200k Alaska points, flew with Emirates business class that  leaves 5:20 pm from Ath.

Since we were in Israel we emailed the hotel we were meant to stay if they can send someone pick up our food from the port. They emailed back what kind of food r u bringing, you canít bring any food to our hotel as you will not have where to keep it.
We emailed back and forth about the issue, I sent them pictures where it says on their website large refrigerator in the room. But to no avail. They will not allow us to bring in food and they made us cancel our reservation. To make a long story short we had nowhere to stay and had to start looking for a place all over again.

It was not easy as most places were booked or way too expensive. I finally found a nice place called Hyperion Oia Suites, we had the best time there, the view was amazing and the hotel was beautiful.


We woke up at 2:00 am after sleeping just 2 hours to go the airport to catch our 5:10 am flight to Athens. When we arrived to TLV airport the lines to security before check in were very long. After waiting about 30 minutes in line I realized that my hand luggage is not mine. I guess when we came out of the rental shuttle our suitcases got mixed up and someone took mine. I had my tefillin in there and my laptop and lots of food for our trip. Help! What do we do now? So I went to security and told them what happened. They told me to open that suitcase and see if I find the name of the passenger. Luckily there was some medication in the suitcase (and some dirty laundry). The security operator paged this persons name on the loudspeakers to come to security.

This older couple shows up and says they already checked in their luggage and since itís a short flight for them they checked in the hand luggage too. His flight was 6:20 am. The fun begins. Security did not let him check his hand luggage or remove our suitcase from the checked bags for security purposes. The only thing we can do is make both of us miss our flights. Once the flight leaves they will return that persons luggage and our hand luggage.

We begged and begged. Then finally they said ok they will let the guy check his hand luggage they will remove our luggage but we can only get it back once that flight leaves. That means we are missing our flight.

So we miss our flight and wait patiently for security to bring us our hand luggage. I did not want to book another flight before I have my luggage. It was too risky. At 7am I got my hand luggage. We were so tired and couldnít think straight what to do next.

Lesson learnt always double check your luggage at all times!

04/30/18 7:00 AM

We have our luggage and what do we do. There were no normal tickets out of Israel to Athens. We were ready to cancel our trip but no refund for food hotel and car and plane to come home it wasnít worth it.   We saw a ticket but it was too close to check in we couldnít book it online so we went to the ticket desk. We booked a flight with Pegasus air from Israel to Turkey from Turkey to Athens and from Athens to Santorini. Instead of Arriving 10 am we arrived 11pm.

We flew with Pegasus Airlines paid for the total of the new tickets $380.00

The plane left at 10:35 Am TLV to SAW.  Our stop over there was 4 hours. From there we flew to Athens with a stop of 1 hour. Once we arrived to Ath we ran to the gate to Santorini. It was the last flight of the day so we had to make it. Flight was 7:50pm with Olympic air. 

Overall it was a long day. The flights were ok. The service was great.  Hashem wanted us to be there a day later so we take it with open hands.

Our flight that day

Arriving in ATH nice views

Arriving in JTR small airport u can see the airport from the sky

The plane ride from Ath to Jtr only took 30 minutes. Itís a small airport. We got our luggage and we were out 15 minutes later. When you come out there is a counter for car rental. There was no line I had the keys in 10 minutes. 

When I picked up the car he asked if I have an international license, I said no he said its ok I can rent you a car but if you get stopped by a police you will get a 1000 euro fine. The entire time in  Greece I didnít see any police.

It was 9:15pm by the time we left the airport. The way to our hotel in Oia took 30 minutes. Itís a beautiful scenic route but at night its pitch dark. The roads are very curvy so you have to drive very slow.

Once I got closer to the hotel, they told me where I have to park and the concierge was waiting for me there to take my luggage. From parking to the hotel is a 5 minute walk.

The guy was extremely nice and helpful. He showed us everything. He kept on asking if we need anything. He gave us his personal cell number so we can call him with any information we want.
We got to our suite, the look of it was amazing. Like in a cave. A huge box with all our food was there waiting for us. The private Jacuzzi overlooking the water was very tempting. Se we quickly warmed up some food and relaxed in the Jacuzzi and called it a night.

We were very happy and relaxed that we finally made it to Greece.

Our Food in the box waiting for us 

February 24, 2019, 05:39:41 PM
Re: Sam 28 Greece TR May 2018 05/01/18 first full day in Oia

Our first view out of our window wow





We woke up at 8am. The good thing was that since we came from Israel we were on the same time zone. I open up the window shades and wow the view was out of this world. Dark blue water with a beautiful blue sky. It was so relaxing so breathtaking. We sat onto the porch with coffee and just soaked in the view.

We sat in the pool before breakfast. Then we ate breakfast that Chabad sent us. Some hard boiled eggs, salad, delicious fresh rolls and muffin. Chabad also sent containers corn flakes and a bottle of milk for everyday lunch which we very much enjoyed. The hotel also prepared breakfast, delicious cut cup fruits and freshly squeezed orange juice. They set it up for us beautifully. The night before we had to tell them what time breakfast should be there.

Then our host came over and we sat over a map and he told us exactly where to go and what to do there. We didnít want to do to much because the main reason we came was to enjoy and relax. He told us where to see beautiful beaches and when to be back for sunset.

Our breakfast from our hotel and chabad




Our 5 min wallk to my car looked like that


At 12:30 we left our hotel to see the island. We made a few stops along the way. We just could not get enough of this view. The first stop was the Red Beach. We took a little hike there took in the view and left.

Picture on our way around the island



Red Beach




February 25, 2019, 04:17:30 PM
Re: From the Parthenon to the Eiffel Tower to the Canals, a week across Europe thanks for sharing nice TR and picture's.
March 03, 2019, 03:39:35 PM
Re: Fin Del Mundo - the unofficial DDF Exclusive TR Nice TR keep it coming
March 15, 2019, 11:44:03 AM
Sam 28 Austria Saalbach - Hinterglemm Alpen Karawanserai TR Austria Saalbach - Hinterglemm Alpen Karawanserai TR

Aug 13/18 part one 

   We wanted a vacation with kosher food and nice weather. We chose Austria and got a nice hotel with great food. We were debating between Switzerland and Austria but Austria weather was nicer.
   When we looked at the weather it showed rain everyday but in the seven days we were there it only rained the day we arrived.

We booked a one way with United points for 30k. We flew with Lufthansa. Flight left 9:50pm and we landed in MUC 10:20am.
We took along our 2 kids and could only find economy seats. The flight was good and fast. Once we landed I picked up my car with Avis. They gave me a nice BMW.
And now we are on our way to Alpen Karawanserai. The trip takes about 2 hours and  45 minutes. We made it in 2.5 hours. Itís a very long ride after a flight with no sleep. The kids slept most of the trip to the hotel. The views were amazing beautiful. The first half of the way there is no speed limit so I got to test my car how fast it can go.

Flight of the night

pictures of the way



As you see it was cloudy but still nice.
We arrived at out hotel about 2 pm. Since it was the last week they were open for the season the hotel was only half full. They gave me an upgraded room, a connecting room so the kids slept in a separate room.

After check in we wanted to lay down for a bit but the kids were too excited and only wanted to see everything already. So about 4:30 we went out for a walk and took in our surroundings. It was really nice. We were back for supper, which was everyday from 6-8.

Pictures of our walk near the hotel first day




The food was delicious, and enough. We ate and davened and made it an early night.

First night supper pictures





Menu for the day

For the kids



January 21, 2020, 04:17:30 PM
Re: Sam 28 Austria Saalbach - Hinterglemm Alpen Karawanserai TR Aug 15, our first full day

The minyan in the morning was 8AM. Then breakfast was available till 10:30.

We woke up around 9:30 only to find the kids still deep asleep. We rushed down to eat breakfast and bought up breakfast for the kids, so when they wake up they have a good hearty breakfast.

We spoke to the concierge as to where to go. They were great in helping us plan out our days and telling us exactly where to go and how to get there. They gave us a Joker card, one per person. All chairlifts in the area were free and some attractions were free or discounted. Make sure to keep it in your trip bag because you must have it with you. 

For the first day we wanted to take it easy and the weather was a bit cloudy so this is what we did.

We left our hotel at  about 11:15. We went to a place called Der Talschluss here is a link to their site
The address the give you to put in the gps takes you somewhere else. The way was supposed to take 20 minutes from the hotel and it took us an hour. When you get near the place the gps kept sending us somewhere else. If you go remember when you see the big parking lot thatís where you have to park. The main attraction is up on a hill so you park on the bottom.
There are two ways to get up on the mountain. Either you can walk up or take a bus. The walk is about 45 minutes. At first we started walking but the kids got tired, so we went back down and took the bus. The bus runs every ten minutes. It costs money but if you have the Joker card its free.

Pictures of the way up and train ride



Pictures of the place

Suspension Bridge

This park is a fun place for bigger kids. It has a big climbing adventure with lots of zip lining. The suspension bridge shakes when you walk onto it. It has amazing views. We were there about three hours. The weather wasnít the nicest that day so thatís why we did this the first day. The other days we had beautiful blue skies.
From there we went to a place called Glemmy Ralley Karts. Itís a place where you can rent ATVs or go karts. They let my 10 year old drive a small ATV by herself and they let me drive a big ATV with my 4 year old as a passenger. We were there for an hour and called it a day.

Kid on the Atv

Bigger Atv

We went back to the hotel to rest a bit. Then we took the kids swimming, the hotel has two large pools. Then we ate supper. And after supper every night we went out on a long relaxing walk while the kids stayed behind in the hotel playing with the rest of the kids.


In the hotel kids enjoying the trampoline


Our 2 rooms in the hotel



Kids room


View from kids room


Supper night 2






The area in which the hotel is, is beautiful. At the side of the road it has a running water in the entire area and mountains all around, its stunning. If you want to stay in the hotel area and not drive around you can. There is plenty to do there. A few chairlifts, mountain biking, mountain climbing, hiking. On top of the mountain there are playgrounds for the kids chairs for everyone to sit around and enjoy the breathtaking views.  But we chose to go sightseeing every day and explore many sites.

January 22, 2020, 10:50:47 AM
Re: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Singapore and Maldives TR Nice TR keep it coming.  But please pictures.
February 09, 2020, 08:58:55 AM
Re: Panama Forever in our Hearts Thanks for the write up and the pictures it sound like u had a nice time .
February 25, 2020, 04:32:09 PM
Re: circling the globe thanks for the write up I like the way  u wrote it .
April 28, 2020, 01:46:55 PM
SAM28 DUBAI/ Uman / Budapest Kerestir TR.
Dubai TR 02/19
I dreamed about going to Dubai for four years. Twice I had tickets but always had to cancel and finally this time it happened and I went with my dear wife.


Part of going to Dubai was trying to get a flight with EK first class. I was looking to leave on Motze Shabbos or Sunday morning. But I could only find one available first class ticket, so I ended up booking business class for us.

Our EK flight we booked with Alaska points 82.5K each.

Flight # EK204 leaving JFK 10:40 am arriving DXB 8:10 am it was the A380

We checked in, there were no lines and headed straight to the lounge. Once we were there you board the aircraft from the lounge. It was a nice lounge and the service was great.

The A380 top floor they have first class and the rest is business class.

The flight was amazing. The service was great. The have a lounge with a bar in back of the top floor. They make you good drinks. It was a long flight, we couldnít sleep much because it was a day flight and when we landed in Dubai it was the next morning.

Check in in JFK



Flight for the day/night





The bar on the flight




Our kosher meal which I did not eat



When we arrived at DXB we had no issues. I did wear a cap but I still looked Jewish. We went through customs with no problems, and we had kosher milk and meat.
After getting out of customs I bought sim cards in the airport. I was told it isnít easy to find itís near the Dubai Bank.

I ordered an Uber. It was there in 2 minutes. Most of the Uber cars in Dubai are black Lexus. It was amazing how nice the Uber drivers are and itís so cheap there. They all speak English. I would not rent a car there it saves you time and money.

Our Uber


On our way to our hotel getting a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa


When we looked at hotels we didnít know which area we want to stay. In the end we booked Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Itís a beautiful hotel in a real nice area with the beach to relax. We paid with Hilton points.

I used 240K Hilton points for a 3-night stay.

The hotel, the view and the service were all amazing. If Iíd have more time to just sit and relax in the hotel I would but it wasnít an option.

June 15, 2020, 03:36:13 PM
Re: SAM28 DUBAI/ Uman / Budapest Kerestir TR. Monday morning:  First day

We got to the hotel around 10am. Till we were checked in was 11. They gave us some issues because it was booked under someone else Hilton account but my name was on the reservation. In the end they let us in.

Check in



Some picture of our room and hotel








When we arrived we were so tired, even though we wanted to go out and do something we couldnít. I took a shower, davened and went to bed.
They gave us a microwave and a big refrigerator in our room all our food had place.

We got up at about four oíclock. We sat outside at the pool and the beach. The weather was 75 degrees sunset was beautiful with some good drinks. Then we went back to bed and called it a night.

June 16, 2020, 10:05:31 AM
Re: SAM28 DUBAI/ Uman / Budapest Kerestir TR. Day 2 Feb 12

We woke up bright and early. It was cloudy and a little rainy. We had booked a morning boat for two hours that takes you around all the sites of the main attractions in Dubai. They cancelled us due to the weather.

So we booked an ATV in the desserts by the company Big Real Adventures.

I donít remember the price we paid. They came to pick us up from the hotel at 10am. The way to the dessert took about 50 minutes. Once we were there it wasnít raining anymore but it was real cloudy.

When you get there they make you sign some papers. You get a T shirt with a Helmet and they teach you how to drive the ATV. It was a group of 6 ATV with a guide in front and in back.

The ride is about 2.5 hours. They stop 3 times in middle for a break to drink and to take pictures. Wow it was such fun,I loved every minute. The sand was good that day they told us because of the weather. They also took pictures of us and emailed it to us later.

The guides and the jeeps






When we were done with our tour the weather became really nice. So instead of going back to the hotel we asked our driver to take us to Dubai Miracle Garden.

That place is amazing. Everything is made out of flowers and trees. You just walk around this nice park and take in the beautiful view. Itís a relaxing place.
We were there for 1.5 hours.

Pictures of Dubai Miracle Garden









From there we took a car to Mall of the Emirates. We spent there some time. We saw a lot of expensive cars outside the mall. Then we went back to our hotel.




The skating in the mall



Every time we came back to our room it was made differently. They put down a nice note, chocolate.

Picture of the room and note



We relaxed outside at the pool and called it a night.

View of the Burj AL Arab in front of our hotel.


Sunset that night from our hotel



June 18, 2020, 10:11:49 AM
Re: SAM28 DUBAI/ Uman / Budapest Kerestir TR. First half of the day we spent relaxing and sitting by the beach under the sun.

Some pictures of the morning by the beach /pool


They give you some cold water by the beach with ice




As per Dansdeals we booked a lunch online at Burj Al Arab for 1:30pm. So that we can go in and see the only 7-star hotel in the world. It cost us $750 for 2. We hoped we would be able to cancel once there. We hoped for the best.

We took an Uber from our hotel. Once you get to the front of the hotel I showed them my reservation. Then you cross a small bridge. We walked in took some pictures. Everything is made of gold. Itís really nice.

We went up 1 flight of stairs which takes you to a private glass elevator that takes you straight up to the restaurant.
We took a video but they told us youíre not allowed to take pictures or videos in the elevator. The views are gorgeous.

Once we got there they greet you by the door and gave us our seat. We looked around took some pictures. When we were seated we told them we canít eat the food, we thought its only for drinks. We asked them if we can still cancel our reservation they said sure and refunded the Credit card. We told them were sorry they were really nice. They asked us if we want a picture of us we said sure. Then we went down and checked out their pools and the beach at the hotel.

The hotel is stunning and so is the views. Iíd say itís a must to visit if youíre in Dubai.
Overall we spent there about 2 hours.

Some picture of it


Some nice rides waiting outside






On our way up

In the elevator



The entrance to the Bar


The view from inside not the best pictures





The outsides of the hotel


The pool and beach



Here u see the bar from the outside how it looks up there



From there we went back to our hotel sat by the beach and relaxed a little. We booked a 5pm ticket to go up Burj Khalifa.

The Burj is located in the Dubai Mall. Once we got there we went into the mall to pick up our tickets we bought online.
The line to go up was about 20 minutes. When it was finally moving you first went into a room where they served coffee and showed a video how the building was built. It took another 15 minutes till we got to the elevator.

We bought tickets to go till the 148th floor. The first elevator takes you to the 124th floor. You go out and take another elevator to 148th floor.

It was sunset time! The place was full of people. We walked around, took some pictures and went down to the 124th floor.

On the 124th floor we watched the view as the sun set, was gorgeous. We took photographer pictures and we bought it. We also took photographer pictures on the 148th floor but that was very expensive.

We got to the mall





Waiting for the first elevator it shows outside what floor it is




Sun going down not the best picture




Night view



Then we went down. Outside of the mall we watched a beautiful light water show. We walked around in the mall for some time.
Then headed back to the hotel for the night.

The water show outside


Some picture of the mall




June 19, 2020, 12:23:22 PM
Re: SAM28 DUBAI/ Uman / Budapest Kerestir TR. Sunday morning

We left to the airport around 9am. We took a flight to Budapest with UIA for $75.00. Flight time was less than an hour.
We rented a car in Budapest. We were heading to Reb Shayala Kerestir. Then we decided to visit the jewish quarters of Budapest. We wanted to get some food but first we walked around a little. We saw the shul, the jewish shops. We got some good food at a small restaurant.

Pictures of the jewish area and stores and the shul 







Here we bought yummy pizza



We went into a sforim store. We had a nice talk with the guy over there about yiddishkeit in Budapest.


From there we left to Kerestir. The way takes about 2 hours. When we arrived there we went in to Reb Shayalas house. It was around 7pm then. They offered us some food but we didnít accept. We just looked around took some pictures, said some tehillim in his room, and drove up to his gravesite.



He sent someone up to open the cemetery for us because no one was there. We spent there about an hour and left to a hotel we booked a few min from there.

 Itís called Andrassy Rezidencia wine and spa




It was a beautiful hotel but we only had time for a nap. Our flight back to NYC was 6:30AM. So we ordered a wakeup call for 1AM

July 20, 2020, 04:53:00 PM
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August 25, 2020, 10:14:28 AM
Sam28 St Moritz Switzerland kosher Grand Hotel Kempinski weekend My St Moritz Switzerland kosher Grand Hotel Kempinski weekend.

Introduction: We had a bar mitzvah in London on Sunday night so we thought letís make a little trip out of it and go somewhere for the weekend. We went to Switzerland and then to London on Sunday. 

For a very long time we heard great things about the summer program in Kempinski hotel and we couldnít wait to try it. We went the first day of the 9 days. Itís the quietest time of the season. They are very expensive but we figured just for the weekend we will try it out and see what they have to offer for this price.

We booked them for three nights. The charge per night is $850. We were there from Thursday till Sunday morning.


Day of Travel

We booked Swiss Business class flight# LX19 from EWR to ZRH we left 9:55PM and arrived at 11:40AM.

The flight was great; it wasnít our first time with them. We had a few jewish families in business class with us, and the flight went very fast. Once we landed we had to wait for our suitcase over an hour due to technical issues.

Our flight

Our seat


By the time we got to the car rental was 1pm. It took about 10 minutes to get a car and we were on our way!

The way from the airport till our hotel in St. Moritz is 2 hours and 40 minutes. The weather was gorgeous, the views are beautiful. We made a stop to buy
some drinks, then stopped again to make some more pictures. We couldnít just take it all in at once.

Pictures on the way to the hotel






We got to our hotel about 4pm. When you check in you get some lemon mint water. The hotel is beautiful and the nicest in St. Moritz. They told us where and when davening is, where the meals are served and the timing. They also have their own little market with kosher food and every day you get $20.00 per person of spending money.  They had a few kind of snacks, chocolate, candies, cookies, drinks, ice cream.

At check-in they gave us this.


Hotel upstairs and room


Not the best room pictures but it was a big room

Since we were only there till Sunday and wanted to make the most of our stay we right away headed to the concierge and started planning our outing.
Whichever way you look outside the hotel, the view is indescribable. There is a lake 5 minutes from the hotel that has a walkway with these huge mountains all around it, it was stunning. The walk around the lake takes about an hour and 30 minutes. There are chairlifts all over.

As per the front desk we drove with our car about 10 minutes to a mountain thatís called Muottas Muragl. Once we got there we bought tickets to the funicular. That was a 10 minute ride up to the top of the mountain which is 8,050ft high. The views were stunning. You can take a hike, they have nice playgrounds and benches to sit and relax. We hiked relaxed and took in the view it was gorgeous. Then we went back to the hotel for our first supper of the weekend.

There were only about 10 couples for the weekend. It was quiet and empty and very relaxing.

We got back about 7:30. Supper was good but I didnít like the meat they made. So they offered to make something else and it was really good.  But again I was not impressed with their food compared to other hotels who charge much less.
For each meal they have a buffet of all kinds of salads, and they give a menu with that meal. They serve a full 6 coarse meal.

Pictures of the food. Hotel and the day.

Outside our hotel



Going up







The store upstairs .


September 01, 2020, 05:04:18 PM
Re: Sam28 St Moritz Switzerland kosher Grand Hotel Kempinski weekend
Wow! Stunning views! I really miss  Switzerland  now :)

Thanks i miss it to.

September 03, 2020, 01:12:35 PM
Re: Sam28 St Moritz Switzerland kosher Grand Hotel Kempinski weekend Friday morning

I woke up at 8am and was still so  tired but they needed me for minyan.  It was rosh chodesh Av so I decided to join the minyan. I came down at 8:30 everyone was sitting and waiting for me.

The concierge said that about 1pm it will start raining so if we want to do anything we should do it in the morning.

So after davening we had a good breakfast. We bought some nosh from the little market and went out for a few hours.
Right outside of our hotel was a chairlift. We took that up to a mountain then walked 25 minutes over to a funicular. You get off on top and take another chairlift even higher up.

We spent some time up there enjoying the beautiful views. The way down we took a different route, we ended up in the town of St Moritz. We walked around some nice shops a nice little lake, we walked back till the hotel.
We met some yidden on our walk who were staying in different places, many rented apartments.

We got back to the hotel around 2pm it was raining. So we decided to get some rest. When we woke up it was sunny again. We got ready for Shabbos.

Pictures of the day

View of our window in the morning


Part of the store they have of kosher product


First chair lift up




The hiking trail


The funicular all the way up



Our hotel from up the hill


Some snow



Our way down


Town of St Moritz



Shabbos was late, around 9pm. But we davened about 7:30.

By 8:40 we were done davening and went to a nice ballroom to eat the seudah. Everyone got their own table with a name card and in the center was a huge table with all kinds of salads, fruits, nuts, drinks and some wine. They served a full meal it was good and the ambiance was very nice.

Shabbos morning, we davened at 9am. After davening theres a big Kiddush outside the shul in the lobby then there was a break till 1pm.

Most people take that time to go out for a walk. It was 70 degrees sunny. We walked around the lake for about 2 hours and then came back to the seudah.

The meal by day was a full 6 coarse meal. The food was good. Then we went for a long nap. When we woke up was still light outside so we went for a walk in a different direction for different views. Then was davening, shalesh seudahs and maariv. After havdala was almost 11pm so we spent some time in the hotel and called it a night.

October 20, 2020, 01:31:01 PM
Re: Sam28 St Moritz Switzerland kosher Grand Hotel Kempinski weekend
Sunday our flight to London was at 3:30pm. The way to ZRH takes about 3 hours so we didnít have much time to do anything.

We got up at 8, davened had a good breakfast and we were checked out by 9:45am. When we left we still wanted to check out the beautiful lake nearby. So we made a stop took pictures, took in the view once more and left to the airport.

Some picture of the day





The way to the airport was very enjoyable. The views of the mountains were gorgeous. Overall I would say Switzerland cannot be described in words. Iíve been there before and will be back IYH!

Some pictures of the way to the airport




My experience from this kosher program: The man in charge is MR Wagner from London. He is a very nice guy! I spoke to him a lot throughout the time I was there. He tries very hard for you to have a nice stay and good food. But for some reason I felt $870.00 a night for what you get is overpriced. It was a great experience since I was only there for the weekend.

November 09, 2020, 05:41:27 PM
Re: Sam28 St Moritz Switzerland kosher Grand Hotel Kempinski weekend
Great TR!!

Although I've already been to Switzerland a number of times both winter and summer, every time I see a TR it makes me dream of going all over again.  And at this point it's really a dream...  Have not traveled international in close to a year :(.

Thanks . i feel the same way .

November 10, 2020, 05:20:08 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread
How many days should I budget for Maui if preceded by 7-10 days at TBI? I wasn't planning on island hopping, but with $39 interisland flights is a shame not to visit.

Any must have ideas (or what not worth doing) considering where I am coming from? For example, I didnít plan on doing snorkeling at Molokini since will do on the TBI.

Thinking about a 3-4 day trip:
Haleakala (Sunset) + area
Hana + area - I like to take things slow, so maybe 2 days.
West - Lahaina, Acid war/blowhole, olivine, black rock, banyan; ĎIao needle
Hyatt Andaz/ Residence Club Kāʻanapali - lazy day before evening flight

U need  at least 4 days i would say 5 full days

December 02, 2020, 03:53:19 PM
Re: Maui Master Thread
Are you going to post a TR? I would love to read it.

yes i hope it wont take long this time most time the pictures takes time but i don't have so many good pictures so hope to have it done soon

December 02, 2020, 04:01:40 PM
Re: SAM28 DUBAI/ Uman / Budapest Kerestir TR. Our first flight of the day

We got a few hours of sleep. The way to the airport was empty. It was terribly foggy you couldnít see anything in front of you. But we got to the airport on time. We flew LF business with a stop in Fra for 2 hours. It was a great flight.

Our 2nd 747 upstairs



Dubai is a nice place for a good vacation. I hope to still go back again since we didnít cover everything we had in mind too! But we had a great time!!!

I hope this TR will help u in the future

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