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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:26:31 AM »

Can anyone make a recommendation for a tour guide for Jewish Madrid and Toledo.  I have identified two Asher Bentolila and Shlomo Hanoka and the information about them is odd because they seem to be operating off of the same website.

Thank you!
We used Shlomo Hanoka and he was excellent.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:25:13 PM »
Trying to decide between Reserve Cut or Wall Street Grill for dinner. Which would you recommend and why?

Formerly known as  Gates of Zion/ Valley Stream Jewish Center.

Old ballroom was pretty dated and not that large either.  I wonder what they did to it.

- an Orthodox bucharian shul bought this former Conservative Synagogue

Trip Reports / Re: Greenwich, CT - 2 days
« on: August 16, 2019, 05:55:47 AM »
Thanks, great TR, looking forward to Day 2 !

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:07:08 PM »
We are trying to choose between Le Marais, Abigael's or Colbeh for dinner. Your choice, and why?

Where will the new Fountain Manor wedding hall be located?

Email response to my inquiry was: “322 north corona avenue valley stream”

Verizon at 498 Central Ave MOVED ONE BLOCK OVER TO 438 Central Ave (next door to Toddys). Grand Opening Promo FREE Screen Protector with Purchase limited time

Heard chateau de vin supposed to move to area of gourmet Glatt parking lot.
Would be great move for one (parking) stop shopping 

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: May 17, 2019, 07:43:06 AM »
There's only 1 active Shul - Comunidad Israelita de Barcelona and it barely had a Minyan during the week. I'd first check that they have a Minyan on Shabbos before planning my stay around it.
This may be helpful

Up In The Air / Avoiding Airfare Cancellation Fees
« on: May 17, 2019, 06:09:57 AM »
When canceling airline trip booked through Chase Sapphire Rewards is there any way to avoid the $150 per person, each way, cancellation fee? Canceling to attend a wedding, adjusting vacation schedule, no medical excuse.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Gibraltar Master Thread
« on: February 11, 2019, 10:04:10 PM »
Im planning on being in Gibraltar on Friday and shabbat in March,
Anyone can giude me on shabbat arrangement etc?
Hosted for meals or catered?
I Emailed Rabbi Hassid in advance and he invited us for Friday night and set us up with another family for Shabbos lunch.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:38:55 PM »
Anyone have any ideas for a quick 6.5 hour stop over in Madrid?
The Prado museum is amazing if you appreciate art. It’s about a half hour walk from the Palace to the Prado through the heart of the City, passing famous square where auto de fe were held.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hong Kong Master Thread
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:39:17 AM »
For now this is the plan. Makes sense?

Arrival 6:00 am
Take airport express to Kowloon
Try and make 7:15 Shachris
Daven eat breakfast at Mul Hayam
Leave luggage at hotel in Kowloon
Head to HKI (ferry)
Victoria Peak, cable car, downtown
Lunch at seven zero
Return to Kowloon
Ave of Stars, various hotel lobbies
Dinner at Mul Hayam
Light show
Ladies/night markets

What am I missing?
Check online whether Ave of Stars is still open as they were closed for construction.

Up In The Air / Strategies for Bidding on Upgrades
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:10:45 AM »
Booked Cathay Pacific V Class Economy JFK to YVR using CSR points. Cathay Pacific rules prohibit upgrading from V Class with money or miles, but permit me to bid on upgrade to Premium Economy.

Are there any good strategies for bidding?

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