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Trip Reports / “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:48:05 PM »
Having a baby a mere 2 weeks before the start of bein hazmanim, I pretty much wrote off any sort of trip. It was to be the first summer since we got married that we were going to simply stay put. However, being bitten by the travel bug as I am, as bein hazmanim progressed, the itch kept on getting stronger. We decided to make a go of it, and planned a “light” trip to Europe to see some of the cities we had missed in our travels. My travelling through Europe until this point had been focused on seeing countries. I had always wanted to see Prague & Vienna so we decided this would be the perfect opportunity. I searched around for flights and found a charter airline flying to Prague for $350 a ticket. Not too bad considering we decided to go a week before we actually left. And off we were, with our 5 year old, 2 year old, a new 3 week old baby.

Our flight on Friday morning was on Travel Service/SmartWings at 9:10am which got us into PRG at about 12:15pm. After eating some lunch, feeding the baby, renting the car etc., we hit the road at about 10 to 2. Driving was fairly easy, and we drove it in under 3.5 hrs plus a half hour for breaks, and we arrived in Vienna at around a quarter to 6. TIP: If you are ever considering doing some serious driving in Europe, it’s definitely worth your while to learn how to drive stick.

Something to remember, we picked up the car in the Czech Republic, and the car had a sticker on it from the CR. When you cross the border into Austria, you need to buy a sticker to put on your windshield to be able to drive there. Any gas station should sell them, and they cost around 10 Euro for 7 days IIRC.

Our first stop was at the kosher restaurant, Alef Alef. As far as Shabbos meals, this is pretty much the only option, and they require prepayment. To our horror though, they were closed when we got there around 6. As it was late, (shekia was around 8:45pm but davening is at 7 with the meal directly following) we rushed to the hotel, the Imperial.

As our plan was to be in Vienna for four nights, I broke one of my rules and booked 2 nights at the Imperial, and 2 nights at the Bristol, both Luxury Collection hotels. The Imperial, the nicest hotel in town, was too expensive to book for all the nights, even at the SPG C+P rate, and to stay at the Bristol all 4 nights also wasn’t an option, because after all, how can we go to Vienna and not stay at the Imperial? So we decided to do 2 and 2.

The Imperial definitely lives up to the hype. It’s truly a beautiful hotel, as the former palace of a prince. When the Queen of England visited Vienna, she was put up at the Imperial due to lack of nicer accommodations. The service was impeccable as well.

Up In The Air / skymiles explained
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:55:19 AM »
cant believe it hasnt been posted yet

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General Discussion / When did the friedeker rebbe arrive in the us?
« on: June 30, 2013, 08:11:34 AM »
someone is trying to sell me a letter from the friedeker rebbe, that he claims is the first letter he wrote in america. does anyone know when he arrived in america, and/or know by some chance what the first letter was about. (maybe its a known thing in chabad circles)

Up In The Air / Amex to SQ transfer trouble
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:15:45 PM »
has anybody transferred in the last week? usually works overnight, but my transfer didnt go through

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Kvish Hapeleh Near Amuka
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:29:23 PM »
has anyone been there. can anyone point it out on google maps. id like to stop by there tomorrow

General Discussion / meuchedet dentists in jerusalem
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:45:58 AM »
anyone know of and can recommend a good one for kids?

Up In The Air / Minimum Connection Time
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:45:02 PM »
is there a database somewhere with the accurate info for this?

General Discussion / rental rates in arzei habira
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:32:03 AM »
anyone know the prices of rentals in arzei for a typical 100-110 meter apmnt?

General Discussion / cool african webcam
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:50:50 PM »

Up In The Air / shul in TLV?
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:08:17 AM »
anyone know if theres a shul in ben gurion before security?

according to the website, "A synagogue is located in the Greeters' Hall next to Entrance 11 and in the little Rotunda in the Airside Building."

i cant quite decipher that

General Discussion / amazon sent 2 laptops
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:13:42 PM »
not sure if this has been discussed, but my mother ordered a laptop fom amazon and 2 arrived. the packing slip also only had the 1 laptop.
anyone have this before? does amazon generally realize their error?

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