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Re: Zelle Payments and for everyone else who does not want to click on the link
"clearXchange, also known as Zelle". (
It means its the same company.

May 23, 2017, 08:08:39 AM
Amex Lower Interest See attachment, did anyone else that offer, does this do anything your credit rating.
July 18, 2017, 08:26:34 AM
Re: Best way to park a number
I'm going to be out of the country for several months at a time this year. Obviously, I don't want to pay for months I won't be using the phone, but I don't want the hassle of porting myself around when arriving in the States.

I'm part of an AT&T Business Unlimited plan and use an iPhone SE. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

August 23, 2017, 03:09:52 PM
Re: Trip to Rome Also this really belongs in:
September 07, 2017, 06:58:11 AM
Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
THANKS everyone.

So I'm assuming, and correct me if I'm wrong, that if I set up Waze correctly and follow Waze, I should be ok for everything on my itenerery EXCEPT Meoras Hamachpela.

What is the best way to go for a family of 4 (two adults, two kids)?

Depending where else you're going besides for those two places. There are other roads in Israel that are dangerous to drive on...

September 14, 2017, 05:07:59 PM
New Points Hotel Jerusalem: TRYP By WYNDHAM FYI:

New points hotel on King Gerge, right near Rechavia:

All Wyndham rewards are only 15,000 points a night.
Brand New , just finished a few weeks ago.

October 19, 2017, 09:54:00 AM
Re: Cheapest Way TLV to Jerusalem? Can you admin of wiki add option to Train רכבת:

Bus 110 from Shmuel Hanavi and Bar Ilan goes to outside Modin Train Station, Modin Train takes 15 minutes to airport.

November 26, 2017, 02:45:24 PM
Re: How to get a free US phone# in Israel You might need a forwarding number but that can be to any US number once you have it setup you can disable the forwarding and have the call sent directly to your US virtual number.
April 30, 2018, 01:15:22 PM
Re: Rome Master Thread
Hi I've been reading this thread on Rome here, took a looooooong time :)
Fellow DD travelers, wondering if i can pick your brain......

We're a couple that will be visiting Rome for  our first time ,  staying in the Ghetto, we will be there from Sunday 1030am - Thursday  230am,so almost 4 days and 3 nights. (We also hope to go visit Florence for a day via train. We heard its beautiful,  A) is it worthwhile , timewise? B) are there tours that are recommended to see  the shuls and other stuff?)

Our favorite parts of past cities visited has been the Jewish aspects: shuls, museums, history, etc.... both past and present.

In Rome it seems we will do: 1-Jewish Ghetto  with a jewish tour 2- ancient Rome ,using  maybe a general tour??)(colosseum, pantheon, forum)  3- vatican - many seem to say without a tour its  not worth it, so i'm leaning towards a Jewish tour to get that perspective.

So I'd love advice:
A)What am i missing that i should be sure not to miss, both in terms of sites and museums?
B) what things would you pair in the same day and what not to?
C) if you can do your trip over, what would you do differently?
D) Top Meat restaurants & top authentic Italian places?
E) any general advice,.
Thank you!!

First of about Florence, while there are tours, there is a great "tourist office" across the street from the main train station ( if your interested I can try to give you exact directions on how to get there) and if you only want to be there for a few hours they will be happy to give you a map and tell what you need to see. I was very impressed that they were not trying to sell us stuff and they gave a us a free tourist map and drew for a nice route of things to see.

Once your in Florence, Pisa ( Leaning Tower of Pisa is only a hour train ride away) if you go take the bus from the train station to the tower.

About Rome, David seems like the best tour guide, while expensive he is the best!

As far as the Coliseum we were very happy doing the free Rick Steves Audio Tour we really got lot of information from it and it was interesting.
We also did the Walk Through Rome Tour with RS which basically took us on a 2 hour walking tour of the main parts of city - we were really impressed with both audio tours and it was FREE.   

May 14, 2018, 06:14:02 PM
Re: Three-month free trial of CLEAR

Review is a little old, but to sum it up. Its only really worth it if you live a city that has Clear Kiosks and will consistently be flying through only those cities. One cool perk is that once you sign up for the free trial even after you cancel you use the Clear Kiosks at non airport locations such Citi Field or Yankee Stadium for free.

May 22, 2018, 06:53:04 PM
Re: In which place is it easier to spend Shabbaos
I’m planning a trip to go to Italy in end of the summer and I'm trying to figure out where is would easier to make shabbos in Rome or Venice please keep in mind meals and walking and hotel stay

Venice for sure. The whole point of the city is to walk around and enjoy the sights.  All you really need is a Shabbos, Sunday in Venice or to really get everything in a long Friday and then a Shabbos, Sunday.
Also you can either stay by the hotels like the Carnival ( 2 min walk to the Jewish Ghetto) or some other fancier ones which are around a 20- 30 walk or I personally stayed by a good airbnb which was a also a 2 min walk to the Jewish Ghetto.

For meals they have a bunch of options including Chabad. 

May 23, 2018, 08:21:53 AM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
You're right, that might be the best idea for @jose34 .

If for some reason that doesn't work for him, there's also the option of using a winch from a balcony or the top of a stairwell of either of those locations is in a good position for that.

I saw someone on a top floor in a building that has a stairwell with a big hollow space in the middle and they installed a winch on the ceiling to bring groceries up from the ground floor. Granted, @jose34 probably won't want to do that for a 1-day job....

Thanks for ideas, the idea in the picture is probably a little too expensive, how much is it?. Day Laborers for a few hours might be a good idea but the idea that I had, was when I ordered a freezer the delivery  company had some kind of machine ran on a track and climbed the stairs with guide of the operator it had like 2 small forks that stuck out that the the freezer on it.

June 07, 2018, 02:05:13 PM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition) ok great, is way to reach them?
June 07, 2018, 06:15:58 PM
Re: Cheapest Way TLV to Jerusalem?
Trip Report J-Lem to Airport and Back

Train Trip Pics:

   I took the train to try it out and some questions I had before I went was, Is it easy to get into the train station, how deep is platform and do you really have to go so far down, Is it doable with a luggage and/or kids, How long does the ride really take from leaving  Yerushalyim to arriving in the airport, Is the ride scenic, Is the ride smooth, Ultimately I wanted to know is it a good alternative to taking a tender ( shared taxi) from the airport and is using this train a good alternative to taking buses if I want to go to Tel Aviv or points farther?

    To start off, there is an underground tunnel from right outside the Central Bus Station in which you can walk through. The tunnel goes under the street and under the light rail tracks and leads you straight in to the main level of Navon Train Station. The Navon Station starts off a level below ground ( -1). This the level where any non-ticketed or non-security screened passengers can go.  It also the level in which you buy train tickets, (you can also buy at ticketing area). For the first three months any train tickets you “buy” at the train station are free but specifically if you buy it at the Navon train station.  Meaning that if you want to go Haifa just purchase a round trip ticket and you can go from Yerushalyim to Haifa for free – with a stop train change in the airport. 
   There was small line for security checks, after the security checks you go down the escalator to the ticketing level, if you already “bought” your ticket then you go through the electric turnstiles in which you put your Rav Kav on the machine and the electric gates open up.  Then down three escalators, yes, three!  By the last escalator there are big huge metal doors, probably its door to the bomb shelter,  that’s where the bomb shelter starts! After the three escalators you walk down a small hallway and then there is a separation if you want to go platforms 1 & 2 or 3 & 4. Currently only platforms 1 & 2 are open. In order to get the platform you need to make a left and go down another smaller escalator and then finally you arrive at the platform level!

        The train was already there when I got down there. I was probably around  8 minutes early.  The train itself was a regular Israel Railways train. There was a really small gap in between platform and train, plus one or 2 steps to get on to train. They had a few seats right when you got on and then you were able to go up or down. The top was pretty full, I assume the bottom had more room but there the train overall had lots of people on it.  There a small amount of space put suitcases in each rail car. Don’t how to describe so see picture. There are bathrooms are the train which are nice for anyone who has come from long plane ride and made sure to keep hydrated. 
             The ride is mainly in tunnels and some bridges and not that scenic. It does give a nice view of some random landscape however the most notable is bridge is the one that anyone that has been to Yerushalyim in the past 5 years have seen them building, the bridge that is along the new Highway One bridge. The bridge does offer so nice views and you ride on the bridge around 3 minutes after the Navon Train Station and the last nice view is approaching the airport you get pass by Terminal One, a view of parked airplanes and the Hertz Rental Car parking lot. 
   The ride itself took the 23 minutes, from the time we left Yershalyim till we arrived I got off the train in the airport. You arrive where all the trains arrive in the airport, a level below the arrivals.  I however turned right back around and went right back on the train. The ride back also took exactly 23 minutes. The ride back was also emptier and there less people on the train.

   Arriving back in Yerushalyim at the Navon Train Station I wanted to answer my questions about it is easy to use the train with strollers and/or suitcases so I made sure to find the elevators.  The first elevator takes you from the platform to the platform split level ( you can either go to platform 1&2 or 3&4 on this level), then you need still to walk the small hallway and then instead of the 3 escalators you need can take an elevator all the way up the ticketing level, then from the elevator you need to switch elevator leave the “ticketing area” and go up another level to -1 level and from there you can take an elevator to street level. Meaning navigating four elevators.
   Overall the experience was nice and it was fun to be able to go back and forth from Yershulayim to the Airport in less than an hour.  I would definitely take the train to the airport if I was by myself and also with someone else ( aka. a wife or a friend) however If I had suitcases and a stroller I would think twice about doing it but its not crazy especially if you leave yourself enough time and you know exactly where all the elevators are and plan accordingly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

October 03, 2018, 05:39:59 PM
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October 21, 2018, 04:29:10 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread

So you dont have to be busy with putting in the RAM afterwards since RAM is kind of complicated to figure out which ones are compatible with each other.

December 10, 2018, 06:02:58 PM
Re: Silvercar Master Thread
Anyone have any idea what silvercars cancellation policy is?

Its free like every rental car agency is.

December 10, 2018, 06:04:29 PM
Re: Banff Master Thread
Just a small selection (I'll post many more in my TR in the Wyoming thread when I finally get around to it):

(Click on any picture for full-res.)

Schwabacher Landing Sunrise:

Some 20 minutes later:

Oxbow Bend Sunrise:

Mt. Moran and Pelican at sunrise:

A shachris like no other:

Milky Way over Jackson Lake:

Star Trails and aurora over Jackson Lake:

Hendrick Pond sunrise:

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone and double rainbow from Uncle Tom's trail:

Minerva Terraces hot springs at sunset:

Pronghorn Antelope:

Bison on Antelope Flats:

Bison and calf:

Pelican at Oxbow Bend:

Foraging Moose:

These pics are crazy amazing!
Are these pictures "free", can I download them and use them for my background on my computer etc....?

December 23, 2018, 06:19:37 PM
Re: Israel Hotels Master Thread
IHG is definitely a good option. There's a couple of Wyndham's too. And Marriott has a few hotels but just in the Tel Aviv/Herzliya neighborhood, and 1 in Zichron Yaakov.

ETA: Going to try to add a wiki of all the points hotels in Israel. Can't believe it hasn't been wikified yet!

Crowne Plaza Haifa

February 05, 2019, 08:07:33 AM
Re: Seattle Trip Report Part 2:

SEATTLE – I was trying to find award availability on Alaska Air thorough BA since mid- June no availability came forth though. I kept on holding out and in the end I broke and around the week before with no availability I ended up purchasing a BWI- ORD – SEA for $250 person. I bought these tickets since the timing worked out nicely for me. Leaving BWI in the early afternoon and getting in at night.

In BWI we visited The Club Lounge which is small but it’s actually nice and has some good kosher snacking options plus it had a nice selection of drinks.

Boeing 737-9 from BWI – ORD was very squashy with a very little leg room

Boeing 757-3 from ORD – SEA had more leg room but we also got exit row seats due to a family wanting to sit together. The United flight attendants
handled the situation very professionally and I was impressed.

IN ORD the plane was loaded with passengers and then they made an announcement that due to wildfires in Canada they needed to space out arrivals in SEA, so they drove to a remote part of the airport and we waited for an hour, as a nice gesture United offered free Direct TV to everyone during that hour “delay”.

I reserved a SilverCar  in which they told me if I arrived after 11:00 PM I would have to pick up the car tomorrow.  I was supposed to land at 10:04 PM  but in the end we landed at 10:50, I immediately texted SilverCar and they confirmed they would stay open for me.

Silver Car Rental

SilverCar then preceded to text me information in how to get to them. After getting my bags I walked out to the Courtesy Vehicles and Taxi Pickup up and got picked up by Jiffies Shuttle van service a few minutes later. I was the last stop after they dropped off four other people in the same parking lot. Jiffies  is a private parking lot and I think Silver Car rents space from them so hence Silver Car uses them for their pickups and drop-offs. When we got there the car was ready for us and the worker gave us and a quick intro and we were on our way.
We paid $193 for three days, not including my bonus for using the Dans Deal referral code 

We were staying by someone we knew in Seward Park area of Seattle, this is the main Jewish area, the drive from the Airport to Seward Park area at 12:00 at night was really confusing and we got lost multiple times trying to find our way. The confusing part was staying on the I-5 like five minutes out of the airport, the road has some interesting forks and we went in like three circles till we figured out how to go the correct way! Eventually we found ourselves on I- 5 N and we got off a few exits later and managed to make it to the house were we were staying.

 In the morning, I went to davning in the main Ashkenazi shul, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadas on  S Morgan St. a few blocks away from us. They had 2 minyanim 6:40 and 7:40. There was also a Sefardi shul that has an earlier davinnig Then we headed out to downtown to explore the city.
We were looking at the one of the Underground Seattle Tours, they were 2 tour Bill Speidel's Underground Tour and Beneath The Streets. One focused more on the history and the other one seemed like it was more for entertainment not possible not so clean, We choose the more historic  tour (Beneath The Streets) and it was right tour for us, it lasted around a hour was very informative, the tour guide, Patti ( I think) although was not necessarily funny but she kept the tour moving and it was very interesting. While we are not so into tours this tour was actually good.

The tour walks around the “old” city blocks of Seattle and they describe how the city used to look like before they had a fire in the 1890’s,  and how they have a level of the city underground.

As side note they say it’s safer to make reservations for the tour but for us it was totally fine and we did not have to wait.
On our way back to the car we stopped by the UPS Park – a small man made walk through park with some park with grass, trees and a manmade waterfall. Supposedly this is where the place where UPS started.

After that we found our car and drove a few minutes to the Space Needle to some pictures. (Not sure why people would go all the way up, I think it costs around $35 to up there) then drove past the waterfront, the waterfront there some nice sights to see like the Ferris Wheel , the Aquarium, Century Link field and Safeco Field. We headed back up town and had a BBQ supper in Seward Park by the lake then davnined Mincha/ Marriv back at the Shul and called it a day.

Day two coming up!

February 11, 2019, 02:45:48 PM
Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
Why spend any time with a knife? Before Shabbos just open it and close it quickly.

Well what happens if you forget  to open it before Shabbos? :-\

March 06, 2019, 03:27:30 PM
Re: Enterprise Master Thread
You're contract is for 24 hours with a late grace period of up to 30 minutes. After that hourly charges apply until a second day rate kicks in. But regular CS number prob best bet, say there was crazy traffic or something.

For next time, you can try (I've only tried / needed once in the past (National- local branch)) with getting them to print the contract and give me the car, but change the "charges start at time" to a few hours after I left (to match 24 hours, when I would be back).

Interesting when I got the car I asked them about returning late but just talked to some random person and he told me there would be a late fee.
I should have made a bigger deal about it but I was in rush to leave the airport and get going on my trip.

October 30, 2019, 06:35:21 PM
Re: delta tlv to united states from $408 Roundtrip. dates that it works, not finding anything.
November 14, 2019, 03:37:17 AM
Re: Cancelled flight from Tel Aviv with a twist ( This wont really be of help but...)
Good Luck fighting with Aeroflot!

November 24, 2019, 02:22:33 PM
Re: Free luggage & carry on for Basic Economy with the United card?
Rookie question: if my wife has a United Explorer card & we book basic economy tickets entirely using Chase points (no cost to charge to the United card), is there any way to still get the free luggage & carry on?

Why dont you use youre United card to pay for taxes?

February 06, 2020, 07:45:14 AM
Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative Just got off the phone with the Marriott Bonvoy Gold phone number and and was asking some simple questions about how many nights I need for elite status.... answer I got was,"Well I can't do math in my head"!  :-\
February 12, 2020, 05:36:31 PM
Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19?

(For anyone unfamiliar, he is a Lakewood local who has been a pharmaceutical researcher and executive)

Can you summarize? Its a long video....  :-\

March 25, 2020, 04:34:11 PM
Re: any accountants out there that i can ask a question?
Can anyone advise...

25yr old American in college in Isreal no income in america...Can he receive the stimulus check & if yes, how?

He did not file taxes as he had no income.

Let him file taxes.

April 02, 2020, 07:39:37 AM
Re: What are we going to do Chol Hamoed?? [UPDATE: And with kids home from school?]
Are they doing Zoom instead of YouTube because they don’t want to post it for perpetuity? These Zoom things are silly, who in the US is ready to join with the family this morning at 10:15am the morning after a 3 day yomtov after Shachris and breakfast?

A Link to yesterdays videos.

April 13, 2020, 10:01:37 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shul Just when you thought things were getting better:  :(

Letter from Yitzchak Berkovits - Sanhedria Murchevet Israel


I have been davening on my rooftop (being mitztaref to a minyan down below) from where I get to see the goings on in the area.

The matzav is out of control. People are dreying around without masks, minyanim allegedly keeping to the rules but in reality are nothing more than “kosher style” without masks, krias haTorah is as usual and the two meters observed for Shmoneh Esrei at best. It seems as if people are under the misconception that the government’s decision to allow outdoor minyanim is an “all clear” sign and that the danger is ostensibly over.

Let’s face it, adhering to the rules in a minyan is not so practical and is just not happening.

Even if you believe your minyan is the exception, we must make a statement. We must not Chas V’Sholom turn into another .... . The mashchis has not been mavchin. It has attacked yereim ushleimim, manhigim and roshei yeshiva no less than any other part of the population, if not more. Who has the right to claim bitachon on the cheshbon of chalilah infecting others and endangering their lives?

I urge our kehilla and the entire Anglo community in Eretz Yisroel to go back to the mirpesset minyanim or davening b'yichidus. I am r”l in shloshim for my father hc”m and have yet to daven far amud once. I am sure that in today’s situation, urging the tzibbur to take things seriously is a greater zechus.

Nobody in this world knows if, when and how this is going to end. Gedolei Yisroel will have to determine how to maintain Talmud Torah for young and old without recklessly endangering the tzibbur. The danger of worldwide rifyon is more serious than the threat of Coronavirus, and we do not have the right to be mekil on either front.

For now, I would suggest that all of you are mischazek in your own davening (aren’t 9 and 10AM Shachris minyanim in public during an eis tzarah something of a chilul HaSHeM?) and maintain for yourselves sedorim in your regular learning as well as in sforim that inspire more Ahava and Yirah. And of course, take advantage of everyone homebound in strengthening the family bond.

And May HaSHeM Hear our tefillos and bring not only a yeshuah from the mageifeh, but the geulah sheleimah bimheira.

Yitzchak Berkovits

April 21, 2020, 05:13:00 AM
Re: Zoom DO Due to the current situation
Can't tell if joking or fell for oldest DDF trick...
Of course I'm joking! I know its a joke!

Just wondering why out of all all people on the DFF I was even mentioned. What made @jj1000  pick me?

April 30, 2020, 05:28:55 PM
Spoof your Face in Zoom
May 04, 2020, 11:10:01 AM
Re: gift ideas for kallah
J-E-W-E-L-R-Y ;D ;D
Believe it or not  all woman love Jewelry

May 06, 2020, 03:27:05 PM
Re: Internet Filters
I read through the last couple pages and the wiki, but i couldnt find any information on the differences between the various options. I would just like to know which filter to get, as the one i have currently is not very good. Which filters are the most customizable. Which can control other apps that can connect to the internet. If theyre are any significant differences. And which slow down the computer the least (although it seems that evreyones experience varies, perhaps make a poll).
Im sure im not the only one who would like this information, so please share your experiences. And if someone has a lot of information it would be a big help to update the wiki with it. TIA
Good experience with Techloq. Very customizable. Usage on Computer is pretty low.

May 09, 2020, 05:48:19 PM
Re: What grade do you give Trump so far for his handling of COVID-19?
You’re 100% right. The way they treat him is absolutely disgusting and disrespectful, and he gets flak for not allowing them to walk all over him? He might act rude but they’re even nastier towards him.
I can't agree more. The more I see of this stuff the better I think he is.

May 11, 2020, 07:37:04 PM
Re: Schwab Account Just a DP regarding Schwab.
If you transfer money into Schwab using the Schwab Transfer tab- (sometimes) they make you wait 4 days till you can take the money out.
If you transfer money to Schwab using an outside transfer source like the bank your transfering from the money is available right away.

May 12, 2020, 08:01:10 AM
Re: Looking for good washable dress pants
Like Dan says:


Sorry I did not realize it was part of a bigger thread!

June 16, 2020, 03:13:55 PM
Re: Internet Filters Just found out about this site and thought it was cool to anyone looking for cleaner YouTube experience. Just shows the video itself without any suggestions.
"From now on, anytime someone sends you a YouTube link, just replace "" with "", and you will see the same video, just in a cleaner atmosphere."


June 18, 2020, 09:11:50 AM
Re: Internet Filters Just found another cool thing about Techloq.
You can have different filters for diffrent times of the day. For example you can from 9- 11 you have a filter for only email and then from 11- 2 open everything etc.... 

June 23, 2020, 02:23:29 PM
Re: Internet Filters
I personally dont have, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews about Techloq. Expensive, but everyone says worth the price.
+1; as everyone here knows I became a huge fan and they are are working on adding features.

June 28, 2020, 12:14:01 PM
Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
Rumors of a new ex-ORD international long-haul route

ORD-TLV 3x a week
Oh that would make sense, once the LY route is not happening anytime soon.

July 06, 2020, 07:18:29 PM
Re: Passport expedite
But the schedule doesn’t have any openings. You mean to call them and push to get a slot opened?
Yeah, correct or maybe find someone you know there or something like that.
I had a friend who needed a passport for his baby... same idea... no appointments available.....he pushed a little and got an appointment the next day.
Make sure to send emails also, even though it says don't send more then once... You have an appointment already so they won't cancel.
Also push by both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They say there is no real communication between the two regarding these matters.

July 19, 2020, 04:59:03 PM
Re: Israel (Not) Reopening To Foreigners
Why is it more of a problem then what's been going on from after Pesach? The article makes it seems as if it's a new problem not a continuing one.
It kind of is. After Pesach they were just finishing the year so too finish a year not such a problem. Now you have whole new group of girls and guys that don't know what to do since they were planning on going to Israel....

July 28, 2020, 12:41:33 PM
Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread try posting here:
July 30, 2020, 05:58:04 PM
Denver Trip Report Thank you DDF for all the help for planning this trip!
I first want to while I am writing this TR for everyone to enjoy these trips are  more of personal experience for me and the pictures here are from that personal perspective as opposed to trying to capture the scenery or anything else.
Another disclaimer is that is that we try to  spend the least money possible while having a good time and of course trying to get a good idea of the area. I guess it helps that one of the things we like is nature since the cost to National Parks are minimal We also did a lot of driving like putting almost a 1000 miles on the car for the time we were in Denver.

Denver Trip Report:

Trip was from a Sunday afternoon – Wednesday Afternoon. Pesach Time (from a year or two ago).

Southwest Flight from East Coast

(We came with someone else who stayed at):
La Quinta – Denver Tech Center - $90 a night – good price, lower class than Hilton Double Tree but rooms clean and big, had a couch. Free breakfast. Not as classy but we would have been ok with staying there, just we had points they did not.

We stayed at:
Hilton Double Tree Denver Tech Center 
40,000 Points – Standard Awards Room – 3 Star.
Near the Southwest Side of Town -  7 Min drive from Aish Denver.

3 Star; nice big lobby and nice clean newish rooms, good location, but felt like was right in the middle between a lower class and higher class so worst of both worlds. But, hey I still got a nice hotel big room for free! For example, had a free breakfast but it was in the non-kosher restaurant. Rooms were nice but no amenities besides for the regular stuff. They also were unable to upgrade us to a bigger room because we were staying for three nights. They did agree to put our meats in the freezer! Small indoor pool in a very public area.

Car – Advantage Car Rental Car- New Ford Fusion Hybrid - $23 for 3 days, with a coupon from a website In general I find the closer the to rental date the cheaper the price is.
long wait, could not find my reservation at first, tried to rip me off by telling me I need more than a more powerful car to drive into mountains but once I did get the car it was a rock solid car that with no issues and I got a good deal.

Aish- Nice New building in a nice new part of town; Kiruv community.
Edos- more central part of town closer to shuls but no view of the mountains.

West Side- much older but main yeshiva community is there.

Day 1 North:

First Stop- Walmart, highway from airport, on the way to the Jewish Community  (need those Powerade’s – was not interested in taking the slightest risk at altitude sickness) and basic supplies (besides for Kosher Meat and Deli’s which we brought with us bought all the food we needed there ). 

Took care of some business in the Jewish Community.

Supper by West Side Jewish Community Park near Sloan’s Lake- more diverse with different kinds of people.

Day 2  North (of Denver):

Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour and Tea Tasting Boulder, CO Free- Interestingly enough,  there were no signs to it until you get to last turn right before the parking lot. Fun thing to do. Not that interesting but it is a fun chilled type of activity.

Tour- Able to see sorting room (don’t know exactly what that is. They were cleaning it when went).

Big Supply of Spices and Herbs from all over the world. Peppermint room where they keep the all Peppermint. Big strong smell. Sinus Cleaner. My eyes are tearing up just thinking about it. 


After/ Before Tea Tasting with all kinds hot and cold tea. (as been mentioned before here) all the tea’s are kosher so no problems tasting whatever tea you want.

Interesting photo ops with the Celestial Seasonings Teddy Beer and some other cute setup they have there.   

Next Stop:

Rocky Mountain National Park & Estes Park
We headed to Trail Ridge Rd but it closed at some point due to the snow on the road.  I think it was around 10,000 feet that it was closed at.

Sprague Lake- Spots for Bbq which used, partially covered in snow. Partially frozen lake with snow around it made a for nice walk also a place to pictures with gorgeous backgrounds. 
Headed back to Denver – drive around downtown and quick look at Coors Field.

EDOS for Mincha/Marriv.

Southwest or Westside is the way to go! Since Eastside is only place with no view of the mountains and if no view of mountains what Denver is.  ;D

Day 2 South( of Denver):

Pikes Peak
-  Was not sure if full mountain would be open due to snow but kept on checking the hotline  (719-385-7325) to see if mountain would open up and it finally did!  Elevation of Colorado Springs around 7,000 feet, Elevation on top of Pikes Peak  is > 14000 feet. Drive up Pikes Peak is a ½ hour with a 25- 30 degree temperature drop and a 7,000 foot elevation climb. Outdoor Temperature went from 65, 60 degrees to a 30. Br…..!
 Nice store on top-  cool view from top.
 Totally worth the drive!

Next Stop:

Garden of Gods
– Nice combination since Pikes Peak cost money Garden of Gods is free and Garden of the Gods is in the backdrop of Pikes Peak.
Nice through points where when you stand behind it, Pikes Peak is in the background. Perfect spot for pictures. Nice easy to walk paths and other stone formations! Option of horseback riding (which we did not do). 

Also- there is an  information center about the park + (on other side of the park) there is also a one of those stores where you find all kind of cool outdoor stuff.

Day 3: Denver, Snow Storm and head home!

Just an example of Denver weather. Tuesday weather was in low 70’s. Wednesday Morning- when I went out my car in the morning it was sleeting and 40 with a blizzard Warning!
We wanted one last thing to do before our flight.

United States Mint- Denver - (coin Tour) Free Tour Near the Courthouse and famous steps that say “One Mile above Sea Level” – perfect nice small trip. Tour was around an hour. History of US coins and explains basics of coin making and then you see the factory floor where they produce real money and you also get to see a nice chunk of gold. Probably would be boring for kids though.
Then we headed to the Airport where tons of flights were cancelled and ours was the last flight out for the next 24 hours. Curbside check-in! Offered to bump us, but no thank you!
UA Lounge in Denver – Big, some kosher food. We had an Israeli there finding out if things were kosher and then he was all proud to report back to us. Some of the chips were indeed kosher! Otherwise not too much else but better then spending time in the airport terminal.
One thing to note:
Beer Factories are not open on Tuesday and Wednesday and they say Budweiser Plant in Fort Collins better then Coors factory.
Happy to provide exact address for any shuls or places I visited.
Glad to answer any questions anyone may have.

August 12, 2020, 11:23:27 AM
Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself) National Mall

August 13, 2020, 12:07:13 PM
Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself) Only those from Baltimore will appreciate this:
Quarry on Greenspring Ave.

August 13, 2020, 12:11:56 PM
Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
Yes, you heard that right. A solo 4-week road trip from NYC to California and back, hitting as many National Parks as I can along the way.

I eat dairy out, so I won't be obsessing around where to get food. Sorry to disappoint. I'll post food pics if there's demand, or when eating at a hechshered establishment.

Let the trip commence!
Cool good for you. Looking forward to seeing how it goes and telling other people how you were brave enough to do it solo.   

August 20, 2020, 04:23:20 PM
Re: Mir Yeshiva opening in Bushkill Falls Inn and Conference Center I don't think this is the Mir, its seems like a different yeshiva learning the same thing as the Mir.
August 23, 2020, 06:14:11 PM
Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020 This TR almost reminds me of a few years ago when Dan and the crew did the Antarctica cruise, new exciting update everyday!
August 25, 2020, 12:06:31 PM