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Cofix, one of my favorite places :)
+1 on that-you can't beat the whole 5 shekel thing :D

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:50:24 AM »
Nice write-up, did this drive a few years back, without close to as many stops, happy that I did it once, but wouldn't again, it's very long.
It is really long but does not feel that way when you break it up into a few days-If time would have allowed we would have done one more day to break up the last 13 hr drive and stopped somewhere in Virginia, etc.-There's always next time (or maybe not in this case ;D)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:44:03 AM »
Interesting. We just spent 4 full days in Paris and had an amazing time. Not a stitch of antisemitism or any scary situations. We found the city delightful, the people friendly, and plenty of Jews wearing a kipa and tzitzis in public (even thigh I wore a hat and had my tzitzis tucked in).  I'm not saying it's not a bad situation, just that I didn't experience any of it. Funny enough a situation broke out on a train I was on where a Muslim girl started yelling at a French man for not giving up his seat to her friend. Both girls are a lot younger than the man and while I don't understand French fluently I was able to tell after most of the train car got involved in the argument that someone called her a terrorist. At least it didn't involve the Jews at all.
+1-we also had a fantastic time visiting there and did not encounter any uncomfortable situations-I did not notice that the French people are exceptionally antisemitic- The problem is with the many Muslims there......

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Scotland Master Thread
« on: July 11, 2015, 03:20:37 PM »
Has anyone spent shabbos in Edinburgh?  Please message me or reply I have questions relating to shul's and food.  thanks!!
I looked into staying there when we went but did not find anything religious wise in terms of shuls or food at all-has anything changed in the last 2 years-there is a chabad there but i am not sure if they have a minyan and there is no kosher restaurants and barely any kosher food-(chabad has a friday night dinner but I think it is geared towards the large college there). Perhaps a better option is to stay in Glasgow for Shabbos as there is a fully functioning Chabad house there with a rest, etc.

Thanks for the tr! Staying in new hotels have their upsides and downsides-on the one hand it's new, clean and has that fresh feeling, on the other-the service and kinks still need ironing out!

 ;D ;D ;D This was awesome!! Could not stop laughing!!
Maybe you could open a booth at the next DDS ;D

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Prague Master Thread
« on: July 10, 2015, 05:00:02 AM »
Does Yakov Schwab still give the Jewish tours of Prague? If not, can someone recommend someone who does?
We used a lady named michaela efrati-she was fantastic IMO (pm for email)

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 04:21:17 PM »
Considering that he payed $500 for the car as opposed to $1100-1500, even after gas money he still saved them several hundred dollars.
thats correct -and we only had to buy one way tix down

Up In The Air / Re: Food on Planes
« on: July 09, 2015, 12:33:56 PM »
I'm wondering what they do with duty-fee liquids.
In most large airports the duty free store seals it in an electronically sealed bag that as long as not opened can be brought through security w/o an issue.

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 12:28:35 PM »
No S&S points? ;) At least for the last full-up...
Irrelevant as gas was all on in laws cc ;) ;D

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:27:26 AM »
Nice tr! Thanks for writing it up and finishing!
My Pleasure (maybe someone else we know could finish..ahem....ahem...just saying ;) ;D ;)
thanks for the tr.
And thanks for yours as well!!

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:26:30 AM »
Don't recall if you mentioned it, but how much was gas for the entire trip ?
It was a minivan and I filled up 4 times for $60 each=$240 total

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:25:45 AM »
thanks for the tr. how do you blur yourself out, photoshop?
Yup-just finished a course to get cert. in graphics 8)

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 07:18:30 AM »
Wednesday-Day 4

Our final day of the drive was going to be mostly driving-from Florence, SC all the way until EWR! Originally we were going to go I-95 straight (through Washington, Baltimore, etc.) and with leaving early enough we would hopefully miss most of the terrible afternoon DC traffic.  However,  we ended getting a bit of a late start (maybe it was the new hotel thing) so we instead figured that instead of going that route and sitting in traffic we may as well take the longer scenic route back which usually has not too much traffic. (We were not planning on any attractions in DC area anyhow as we live not too far away and that can be done anytime). The route we planned was up the coast through North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and FINALLY New Jersey. One of the really cool things along this drive (aside from it being really beautiful as opposed to boring I95) is the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel. It connects the Delmarva Peninsula with Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. They have a nice visitors center with a great lookout point at the beginning (or end if you are coming from the other side) and the whole idea of driving along a four lane road that keeps switching from a bridge to a tunnel for what seems like an eternity was pretty cool.

A couple more of those…

View from Tunnel Bridge Visitor’s Center

And Finally!!!!!

This day of driving took 13 hours and I must admit that at about 9 hours when I looked at the gps and it said there is 4 hours remaining (and it was already 9 pm) I turned to my wife and said-why in the world did we do this-BUT four hours later-returning the van at EWR, I was more than happy we did!!

If you plan on doing a drive like this and want more info please post questions here as I have lots more info of things that we did not do, etc. which others may be able to gain from! Hope you enjoyed!!

Trip Reports / Re: Roadtrip TR (w/ pics): Miami Beach to EWR
« on: July 09, 2015, 07:09:29 AM »
Nice TR. Do you have more tips of how to get keep a toddler so quiet for long drives?
+1 ?, I'm really curious about that
Firstly who said he was so quiet??? ;D ;D ;D Just kidding-firstly, each person has to know their own kid if they are able to handle something like this-In our case he happens to love the car. Also, it was similar to taking your kid on a long flight (like from Us to TLV)-you need to come prepared-we loaded up our laptop and kindle with lots of kids videos like thomas, nursery rhymes, etc..We bought a set of magnet cars and planes that magnet to the metal box they come in, lots of coloring books and crayons/markers, and of course-lots of patience!!  ;D(after all-you dumped them in this situation for your own enjoyment :P)

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