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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip Nice - but I cannot see any pics... Is it just my browser??
August 09, 2016, 09:56:16 PM
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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip
nice! i saw the fish pedi at the dead sea but was afraid to try. did u enjoy it?
I thought it was fun.  Tingly at first but very quick to get used to it.  My feet "felt" cleaner.  It was definitely something we would not have done at home... glad we tried it out...

August 10, 2016, 12:49:14 PM
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Re: Barry Lincoln's Summer 2016 Venice and Maldives Trip Reposted using Flickr... hopefully it works this time...

Venice
We landed in Venice around 11:30am, went through passport control and then to baggage claim.  We had checked a suitcase and our cooler, and took two carry-ons onboard, computer bag and another bag for my wife’s chatchkes.  It was a lot of luggage.  We ended up buying RT Alilaguna tickets from the airport to San Marcos for 54 euros (had some issues with my credit card and the ticket machine – ultimately changed some dollars to euros and used cash for two RT tickets).  After the 10+ minute walk from the terminal to the waterfront, we waited a few minutes and then boarded the boat for the trip to San Marcos.  Now, I’m all for saving money (water taxi was 100+ euros) but taking the Alilaguna was a mistake.  It was the hottest part of the day, there was little to no ventilation on the boat (read no A/C) and it was a 90+ minute ride.  It must’ve been 90+ degrees outside and probably 20+ degrees warmer in the boat.  They would only store our two largest bags, forcing us to find space for our carry-ons etc. on the seats next to us.  It was a rough 90 minutes, particularly after DL-Y.  If you’re traveling with few bags and its 60-70 degrees outside, the Alilaguna isn’t a bad option – would not recommend otherwise.


VCE-alilaguna
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

[Little side note here – had some issues with my memory card and lost several pictures from the flight and first few hours in Venice so no picture of the room or airplane]

Getting from the Alilaguna stop in San Marcos to the Westin was a royal pain but we made it (barely).  We checked into the Westin and it appeared that it was at or near capacity.  I asked about a Gold upgrade and the check-in agent made it sound as if we had already been upgraded to the Double Deluxe room.  Up to our room we went.  There was no real circulation in the hallways which made the hallway stink.  The A/C in our room was weak but we weren’t about to let than derail the trip.  After chilling in the room and checking our email over the hotel’s wifi, we got directions from the concierge and made our way to the Ghetto for some dinner.  The walk was about 30 minutes and took us through San Marcos square and the streets of Venice.


Venice: San Marcos Sq
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: San Marcos Sq
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: San Marcos Sq
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Canals
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Canals
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Poor guy carrying a ridiculous load of water
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

Needless to say, it was mega-HOT outside.  I stoped at a TIM mobile store to pickup a SIM card which for 35 euros you really can’t go wrong.  (35 euros gets you 100 minutes of talk time and 4GB of data which can be used over 30 days – you’ll need your passport to get the sim card)  It was worth it just for Google Maps – super easy to get lost in Venice.  Once at Gam Gam, we ordered some Israeli salads, schnitzel, grilled chicken, etc.  We sat inside thinking it would be cooler than outside – the difference was barely noticeable.  But it was nice to have fresh food.  It was a bit cooler on the way back to the hotel. Ad kan day 1.

Got a bit of a late start on Day 2.  Made our way back to the Ghetto for a tour of the Jewish community.  We toured several shuls that each date back several hundred years.  The level of detail in the shuls is truly exquisite.


Venice: The Ashkenazi Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: The Canton Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Canton Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Canton Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Levantine Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Levantine Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Levantine Shul
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

A tzedakah box in the wall…


Venice: Tzedakah box in the wall
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

We did a quick tour of the museum which was cool and then went to Ghimel Garden for lunch.  Sitting outside in the shade at Ghimel Garden was a pleasure.  Nice breeze and menu looked delicious.  My wife ordered eggplant parm (6/10) and I had a Mari Mote pizza (lox, mushrooms, etc.) (10/10).


Venice: Ghimel Garden Mari Mote Pizza
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

We then chilled around the new section of the Ghetto for a while.  This year is the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto and there was a production of The Merchant in Venice taking place that evening so there was a rather large police presence in the area.


Venice: Ghetto
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Ghetto
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Ghetto
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Ghetto
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Ghetto
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Ghetto
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

We went on a beautiful Gondola ride in the late afternoon taking us through some of the smaller canals and the finally onto the Grand Canal.


Venice: Gondola Ride (canals)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (canals)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (canals)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (canals)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (canals)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (canals)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (Grand Canal)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (Grand Canal)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (Grand Canal)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Gondola Ride (Grand Canal)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Grand Canal
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

Back to Gam Gam for dinner.  Not sure what the consensus is, but in our view the food at Gam Gam was mediocre (maybe we are just used to tri-state cuisine…)

Walking back after Gam Gam, we stopped at Dr. Kiss Fish for a very unusual experience.  Had read about DKF on a TR Yehoshua DDF and sounded intriguing.  It's a foot spa with unique fish that eat the dead skin from your feet.  Tickles a bit but you get used to it pretty quick.  After reading online about it, this type of foot spa is banned in 15 states because of hygienic reasons - the water isn't cleaned between customers... I feel bad for whoever dunked their feet after me...


Venice: Dr. Kiss Fish
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: Dr. Kiss Fish
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

Return to the Westin via San Marcos.  Sqaure was full of street vendors selling the light up mini-helicopters (may be hard to see in the pictures)


Venice: San Marcos Sq (night)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr


Venice: San Marcos Sq (night)
by Barry Lincoln, on Flickr

More on our last day in Venice to come...  then onto MLE...

August 10, 2016, 04:02:52 PM
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$6.78 Apple & Eve 100% Juice Variety Pack, 32 Count, 6.75 Oz Boxes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CFIDZZM/?tag=cl03f-20
August 29, 2016, 02:22:49 PM
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Re: Site Suggestions
Perhaps this?

http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=3708
Installed, thoughts?

August 29, 2016, 08:26:06 PM
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Re: Site Suggestions
Installed, thoughts?

Finally, no more +1s :D

August 29, 2016, 08:37:13 PM
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New Like feature -1
August 29, 2016, 09:23:36 PM
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Re: New Like feature
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=42386.0

It's obtrusive presence infiltrates every post.  I think it deserves it's own thread.

(In truth, I posted before I saw that thread.)

August 29, 2016, 09:30:01 PM
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Re: Site Suggestions
The background color for "Like" is distracting, maybe try something with less contrast?
Why not just change it from forums to Facebook

Let's add poking

August 29, 2016, 09:35:43 PM
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Re: New Like feature Now we won't just have post-padding, we'll have like-bait as well... Oh, and the color is fugly too...

On a serious note, why not thumbs-up/thumbs-down?

August 29, 2016, 10:26:30 PM
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