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Just Shmooze / Re: building a sukkah shlock
« on: September 20, 2015, 06:44:57 PM »
Looking for good suggestions on building a sukkah shlock.
I currently use tarps  but takes a long time to adjust.

pics would be helpful

I "was"  hoping there might be some viable suggestions   :P

Still keeping the faith

Just Shmooze / building a sukkah shlock
« on: September 18, 2015, 02:37:33 PM »
Looking for good suggestions on building a sukkah shlock.
I currently use tarps  but takes a long time to adjust.

pics would be helpful

On The Road / Re: Israeli Rental Overcharging
« on: September 07, 2015, 09:50:51 AM »

YES! I brought a tire gauge with me----the attendant said it was the first time he ever saw anyone bring one when they rented a car.

Same thing happened in Orlando-but there they have 30-40 cars to choose from.
I'd rather deal with these issues @ the time of the rental than on the road.

On The Road / Re: Israeli Rental Overcharging
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:47:01 AM »
Posting latest experience with Budget in Israel in august 2015
Took me 2 1/2 hrs to get my rental in Jerusalem.

First they told me the price for the rental was wrong  --upped it by $25-that took about 1 hr-nothing I could do

the rest of my time was going through the 2 cars they must have taken off the junk heap.
I turned down the first car because one tire had 15 psi (other 3 had osi the 20's)
the 2nd was slightly better-We took a zillion pics of both cars
and you have to look @ these cars 2 flights down in a dimly lit underground garage.

scratches/dents/holes in the seats.   
and we found out later the DC power port didn't work-so we couldn't charge the phone--(did eventually find a usb port in the rear)

YES! I brought a tire gauge with me----the attendant said it was the first time he ever saw anyone bring one when they rented a car.
Guess he doesn't check tires either

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: September 02, 2015, 07:41:15 AM »
is there a translated version available? doesn't translate with google

On The Road / Re: Car Rentals: What Did You Reserve, What Did You Get?
« on: August 27, 2015, 10:02:35 AM »

Company: Budget
Location:Jerusalem-King David
Dates: 8/16-8/19
Reserved: Hyundai i20
Received: Ford Focus
Price: $130 including liabilty
Coupon used: BCD code for 20 % off

Worst rental experience I've ever had-It took 2 1/2 hrs to get the car.
Confirmation I had was for $104 but they would not honor it-
then went through 2 different cars both off the junk heap -all beat up(dents/scratches/holes in the seats/no air in the tires) they didn't have anything else to give me.
Took pics of everything-I brought along a tire pressure gauge. 3 tires had 27psi the 4th had 15psi-so I refused the 1st car-the spare looked worse than any of the tires already on the car. Also they had to add fuel to the tank.
Thankful we made it back safely. 

Wish the tour guide would have told us (a former New Yorker)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: August 25, 2015, 10:16:28 PM »
I bought from them twice and had no problems


Just adding my experience to the chulent.

Have a Galaxy S4 from Verizon
I was able to use a T-mobile sim card in the US for phone and data
even before leaving the states. Signed up for their Simple Choice plan (requires a credit check for the free international data and texting)
 Their tech services walked me through the programming.
 In France and Israel I had 4G for the most part.

Just forgot to turn off the data before heading into PA controlled areas (Hebron)- as they have their own cell network.
Got a text message from T-Mobile stating I would be charged for roaming (I'll have to wait for the bill)

Hangouts worked well about 85% of the time

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: August 25, 2015, 02:49:59 PM »
Actually, I thought I rambled on too long.
BTW, thanks for your input in the planning.

The actual nuts and bolts of commuting was a key to a trip of this duration.

Which places were you thinking of near the tower?
Il Conte? I thought  that would be a large meal and would take a long time-also heard it was very expensive-
what was your experience? (sorry, if you posted it in your TR, it's all a blur right now)

Le Marais was a very nice experience culturally and we had a choice of many restaurants/bakeries  within a 3 min walk.

We missed out on eating falafel while in Israel the previous week  so L'as Du Falafel was nice but we ended up eating @ Tibs in Jerusalem---life is funny that way

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Paris Master Thread
« on: August 25, 2015, 11:05:21 AM »
I did read the wiki and a nice portion of this thread, but I would like to hear from someone who had a stop, or with experience on what and when is best to do.

A mini TR for a mini trip to Paris

Had a 14 hr stopover last week- here are some thoughts
Consider bringing food/snacks but having water for the entire day is a must.
We booked a 9:30 AM segway tour in advance.
 We decided not to go to the museums and skipped going into the Eiffel Tower.

Used a T-mobile data plan which worked well for the most part 

You have 1.5-2 hrs to spend in a museum or in the Eiffel Tower if you prefer (Louvre or D'Orsay)

Arrived @ CDG after 5 AM--davened at the airport (Talis/Tefillin was @ 5:40)
Took the airport monorail one stop to drop off our carryon at the Left Baggage area (across from the Sheraton Hotel) in Terminal 2E gate K and went down 2 flights down to purchase tics for the RER B line to Paris. We purchased a 1 day Visite pass (which includes unlimited RER /Metro access- this included our return trip back to the airport later that day)
Note- keep your train passes handy in case you need to use them to exit the train system (happened 2 or 3 times during the day) the walk inside the terminals took at least 10 min.

We skipped the Roissy bus since we weren't headed to a hotel and I didn't want to deal with rush hour traffic either to/from the airport--for this trip it worked out well.

Trains (RER/Metro) run every 5-10 min -a huge plus-I think we were on a train @ 6:30AM-both my wife and I took turns sleeping on the way into town.  We were told to be careful for thieves on the trains-so hold on to your belongings.

We headed to the Arc de Triomphe/Champs Elysees (Not on the segway tour)
(took RER B from CDG to Chatalet-Les Halles and transferred to the Metro line 1 to Charles de Gaulle-Etoille station) Lots of tour buses lined the area. We then walked to the Eiffel towel (45 min) for our 9:30 segway tour-(running late so we missed our breakfast stop  @ Charles Traiteur in the 16th Arr- 89 Avenue Raymond Poincaré --Métro: Victor Hugo)
The lines @ Eiffel Tower were beyond huge-
The segway tour meeting point was a 7 min walk from the tower. It was fun -we had a lively guide from Boston.
We saw the sites along the Seine (Louvre, D'Orsay, Concorde, Eiffel tower, etc) they have an option for a bike tour if you prefer-we decided to save our legs for the rest of the day
We were done about 1pm. Tons of tour buses throughout.
Then it was definitely time for lunch in Le Marais so onto the Metro (Metro #8 from Lamotte-Picquet with a change @ Invallides to the M#1 to St Paul station)-less than 30 min travel time.
We walked by Pitzman and the shul (guarded by the French military) till we got to Rue Des Rosiers
and we were in the mood for falafel and so were lots of other people.
We were in line @ L'as Du Falafel for a table for 15 min-the line for takeout was much longer.
14 Euro for a falafel and a soda-but it was very good for sure.

It was refreshing to see so many people come back to the area.
People wearing kipot was nice to see-my wife suggested (ordered) I put mine on (guess she didn't like the cap)
We chatted with a Chabad Shaliach originally from NY about his time in France. Of course, he was asking the men in line if they davened-he was in Paris for all the bad stuff. He said tourists have been returning to the area and he was hopeful for the future.

From there we walked a few stores to Damyel for a few Macarons (crumbled by the time we got back on the plane) and then to Korcarz for a slice of the Lemon Meringue (almost didn't get any before the kids devoured it back home).
The entire area looked like a movie set facade from Universal Studios.
What's a trip without going (window)shopping-so we headed to Galeries Lafayette  (Metro #1 from St Paul to Palais Royale and change to Metro #8 to Chaussée d'Antin)
No time for Au Printemp since it was time to head back to the airport -that was around 4:30pm
Took the RER E from Hauseman-St Lazare  to Magenta and walked(via walkway) to Gare Du Nord to RER B for the ride back to the airport.
 We were tired by the end of the day. We slept well on the flight home.

My wife commented how many Muslims we saw the entire day.
She got upset when airport security asked her to remove her hat but didn't ask any of the Muslim women to remove their head coverings (She didn't--told them if she had to then the other women should as well) I was asked to remove my kippah as well.

Up In The Air / Re: TAM first class
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:25:12 PM »
need to book flight erev yuntif....TAM seems to be cheapest. are their flights ever cancelled due to low occupancy since its a tag on flight?

On The Road / Re: Cheapest Way TLV to Jerusalem?
« on: August 10, 2015, 02:41:09 PM »
been skimming this thread....what is the cheapest way from TLV-jerusalem  (2 adults, 2 bags)
is nesher still the cheapest?
do you need to reserve beforehand?

On The Road / Re: Israel: Need help finding a rental car? Post here!
« on: July 30, 2015, 09:49:50 AM »
Just told that the Barclays Arrival+ (World MC) will not provide CDW coverage in Israel

I thought all World MC would--guess not

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