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We are planning a trip to Milan and nearby Lake Region and wonder if anyone can tell us about Shabbos hospitality with Chabad. How was it, where are they located, where did you stay, and how did you contact them? Also, which restaurants are best?

Heading to Milan from Israel for the weekend tomorrow morning (5/11/16). Spending first day in Milan Central (food, shopping), then heading to Como at night. Waking up in Como on Thursday with two (almost full - except travel for Shabbat) days to spend in the lake region. Was originally planning one day trip to Lake Lugano (Switzerland) as it is a 40 minute train from Como, and then on Friday, to do a boat tour of the Bellagio portion of the lake (with a stop in the town itself). Back to Milan on Friday afternoon for Shabbat where we will be staying at the Milan Marriott Hotel and being hosted for Shabbat meals by the Chabad house. Shabbat day we will simply walk around and see the main attractions (Duomo...) until Shabbat afternoon where we will be back to Chabad for meals. Saturday night all restaurants closed this time of year, so we will be getting kosher gellatto and then heading to MXP for a stay at Moxy Milan Malpensa for our Sunday flight at noon.
@ RafLiP How did this trip work out? How were the Chabad House meals?

We didn't do anything in Milan itself except sleep and eat (and walk along the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele near the PH)
we did 3 day trips - to Lake Como, to Stresa and the islands, and to Locarno
any questions about those places I'd be glad to answer
@ari9 Did you do the day trips by train or car? How long did the travel to each take? In retrospect, would it be better to sleep over in these places? I'm considering that but my main issue is kosher food outside of Milan. Thanks   

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:48:28 PM »
Nice try, but thereís a great difference between a misrepresentation of fact and of future intention; and, more importantly, the whole thing does not start because we are not talking about contract negotiations/representations but, rather, just a letter threatening suit if payment due is not made.

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:30:04 PM »
Lol. What field do you practice?
Business litigation.
And if you can cite chapter and verse of where itís illegal I will eat my SPG Amex Card (which is also not illegal).

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 09, 2018, 04:19:59 PM »
You're welcome. (And if you do decide to sue, PM me.)

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:27:18 PM »

I see that KOSHERWHERE.COM advertises kosher meal delivery in Europe. Have you tried this and, if so, what has been your experience?

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:08:14 PM »
Any lawyers that can answer, is it illegal to send a ITS letter, when I have no intention to sue?
No, it is not illegal.

General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:20:31 AM »
Assuming that one should make a "Kiddush" for a newborn daughter, does it have to be a Kiddush, or can it be a meal during the week, or does it even have to be a meal? Can I get an ice cream truck to come to my block for friends and families?

I heard that a reason for a kiddish even long after the name was given is so that people will give Brochos (e.g., she should be Zocheh to Torah/Ben Torah, Chupa and Maasim Tovim), which can be very meaningful even from plain people. Similar reason for Tikun at a Yahrzeit, for Brochos that the Neshama should have an Aliya. So supplying the ice cream might well get you the same Brochos from your friends and neighbors that a Kiddush would.

Just Shmooze / Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:08:02 AM »
From a friend thatís a belz chasid and is in Montreal for the trip. Itís all her family...
Avada miz zien de Baba mit de einiklich.

The only thing 2018 about it is the technology-enabled invasion of privacy.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Spain Master Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:55:50 PM »
Mini-Trip Report: We visited Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Gibraltar, Granada and Barcelona; and then Israel.
In Madrid, I recommend Pinati Restaurant, where we ate both nights that we were there. It opens for dinner at 7 pm, and the other restaurant, which did not seem to get great reviews, only opens at 8:30 pm. They are a few blocks from each other and close to the heavily guarded shul, where you will need a passport to enter. The Prado Museum is amazing if you appreciate art. Shlomo Hanoka gave us a great day tour from Madrid to Toledo, highlighting the Jewish history in a very meaningful way, and I highly recommend him as well.
They served us a nice kosher meal on board the Renfe train from Madrid to Seville, order in advance, on Preferente class, dining car.
Seville tour guide Moises Hassan was excellent, as was our stay there in the Hotel La Casas de la Juderia, in a junior suite. We happened to be there for the Seville Spring Fair, which was very festive and colorful. Tour guide and driver Abby Suissa (see Gibraltar thread) drove us from Seville to Gibraltar, gave us a tour of Gibraltar, where we spent Shabbos in the Sunborn Hotel. Afterwards, he drove us to Granada. The Alhambra Palace there is beautiful; I recommend a guided tour. We flew from Granada to Barcelona,where we visited Gaudi's colorful Parc Guell as well as La Pedera, a/k/a Casa Mila. The latter was very interesting, I recommend you take the audio tour which starts with an elevator ride to the roof, one of the main attractions, and then walks you down. We enjoyed walking around Barcelona, not so much La Rambla, which is a bit too Times Square touristy, but rather the Passieg de Garcia and nearby streets. We stayed at the Le Meridien right off La Rambla, which was very nice, and we ate at the nearby Restaurant Maccabi, an excellent restaurant with great food, and also took out from Shaq Shuq a few blocks away.         

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Gibraltar Master Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:17:07 PM »
His name is Rabbi Hassid
Post-trip: Thanks to Moish, we emailed Rabbi Hassid in advance and promptly received a warm invitation for Friday night seudah at his home, and he told us that he was setting us up in advance with an invitation for Shabbos lunch with another family, all of whom were wonderful and gracious hosts.   

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Gibraltar Master Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:12:29 PM »
Anybody know the current taxi rates from malaga airport to gib?
Don't know current rates, but I am just back from Gibraltar and highly recommend local guide/driver Abby Suissa, , , for transportation and tours in and around the Gibraltar area. Recommended to us by the excellent Seville tour guide Moises Hassan, he drove us from Seville to Gibraltar, gave us a wonderful tour of Gibraltar, up to the Rock, etc., and after our weekend stay in Gib, he drove us to Granada.

No. I don't know of any European city (besides Venice with an Eirev)
Gibraltar has one

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