The Rest of the Flight and First Night in TelAviv

Trip Start Dec 18, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rest of the flight was good.  No major problems except not a great deal of sleep
on the plane.  Interesting, the movie was "Four Christmasses." Let me see, a
plane that's 90% full of Jews and they show a Christmas film...go figure.  They
served us breakfast a couple of hours before landing.  A Kosher pastry or Egg
and Cheese breakfast sandwich...wonder why they didn't have bacon? (Just

We traveled 5795 miles in 9 hours and 54 minutes.

Landed to the great applause of all the kids.  After disembarking, we were
ushered to the Passport area.  It was mayhem.  4-5 lines for Israeli passports
and 10-12 lines for foreign ones.  The Passport area was so crowded because the
planes were stuffed due to delays due to snow storms in Europe that had backed
up all the flights.  And the lines were enormous.  I just needed a little
mustard to feel like a real sardine.  And some people did not use their
kindergarten manners, elbowing and pressing up against you.  Pretty
uncomfortable.  But we persevered and got to the passport window.  Lady was
overwhelmed, but I struck up a good conversation with her and she smiled, passed
us on and told us to enjoy our trip.

As soon as we got out of the Passport room, we were greeted by a welcome sign
with the word "Colee" on it.  Nice young man told us where to get our luggage,
which was already out on the carousel, and we were back to the greeting area to
meet the young lady who showed us to our cab to the hotel (we made her take our
picture in front of the "Welcome to Israel" sign first)...I'll try to download
it, but no guarantees. 

Nice elderly man drove us to our hotel.  He knew where Skokie,IL was...imagine
that!  Checked into our hotel, the Dan Panorama.  Nice hotel with a room facing
Mediterranean Sea.  Very nice.  Freshened up, got our phones and computers all
connected up and called home. 

It was a beautiful 70 degrees out , so we walked through the TelAviv
Market...everything from fruits, nuts, veggies, fish, clothing of all types,
jewelry, toys, name it, it was for sale this market.  Bought
nothing, but searched for an internet cafe (cheaper than being on line in your

Found a nice pizzaria restaurant with free WiFi.  Of course we felt obligated to
buy some, what did you have to eat on your first night in the Holy
Land?  Pizza!  Stopped by another bar/restaurant where Laura had a hot Sangria
and I had two of Israel's signature beer, Goldstar.  Came home, wrote this blog
and retired to bedlam!  It truly is neat being here!  More later.

Couple of strange things about this hotel.  Very European style. Small room. 
Twin beds.  Day bed for Laura.  The bathroom has an in-window blind that allows
people to see from the bathroom into the bedroom and vice versa.  Fortunately,
it does close completely for privacy, but just seemed very odd. More tomorrow.          

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Ray on

Really enjoying your updates and sounds like you are having a great time (Hang on to those passports). With all the flight cancelations around the world glad to hear you didn't have any backups.. Will be anxiously awaiting your next update.. Go have a beer!

Mike P on

Sounds like you are having a great time. I have shared the blog with Laura and the girls. We will monitor your adventures. Enjoy!

John H on

Also enjoying the updates. Glad to hear you did not experience any significant issues or delays in your travels thus far. I do have one question, how long were you in New Jersey? I am not exactly sure what a HOOKAH is in TelAviv, but I am pretty sure it has a different meaning in Jersey. I am impresed they were present in the market overseas. ;+)

Snowman on

Sounds just like you, 1 night and already eating pizza and beer! I hope you are doing well and having a good time.

Steve S. on

Thanks to Denny, I am reading your blogs as we drive to Tucson. Andrea and I are enjoying reading about your travels.

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