Tell Me About ISRAEL

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Tell Me About ISRAEL

Post by cummy » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:50 am

i am heading there in a few weeks. this is my first time. i know nothing. so, can you please share your wisdom about things such as foods (must eats and must avoids), customs, tipping, taxis especially to/from TLV, etiquette, prices, must buys, must sees, must stay away from, etc.

i will be based in tel aviv. i am trying to organize day trips out of tel aviv. so far it is looking like this. comments/suggestions?

day 1: walking tour of tel aviv.
day 2: jerusalem.
day 3: dead sea and masada.
day 4: nazareth and sea of galilee.
day 5: caesarea, acre and haifa.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:14 am

Food - shaksuka for breakfast /brunch. Fuck it keeps me going until evening. A versatile dish that varies according to who's making it. I wish I could pinpoint the amazing corned beef sandwich place on a map for you but each time I have to find it by wandering around following my nose. Some good local brewpubs.

Customs/immigration - thorough but generally very polite and even pleasant. Don't get stuck behind : groups of nuns, ultra orthodox Jews with large families, evangelical Christians. These all seem to get a more thorough grilling.

Tipping - I dunno, I did about like USA but others tell me 10% is fine.

Taxis from TLV - some dodgy ones but you takes your chances. There is a train from the airport but not really any hotels near the stations it stops at. It goes along the inland edge of central TA rather than downtown.

Etiquette - be nice, people are generally pretty friendly.

Prices - not cheap. think Australia and you won't go far wrong.

Must this/that - dunno, I'm there for business. Must eat, must drink. Train to Haifa is as far as I got out of TA, doing some work down in the dockyards area there. I liked Haifa a lot.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:23 am

My Uber (which uses taxi company) from downtown hotel to Airport last year.
7015001 is TLV code.
160 NIS = US$44 approx.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:27 am

Just looking at my other receipts, I see I got a taxi into TA from the "taxi controller" at the airport when I arrived.
Fixed fee: 140 NIS (in Feb 2017).
That's about as good value as you'll get and compares well with the Uber/taxi from town back to airport.

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Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:27 pm

So will you be spending more time in Tel Aviv than just those 5 days? It sounds like a lot to pack in. I really liked the Galilee region but if it's only 5 days, I'd split all 5 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, including a day trip from Jerusalem to float in the Dead Sea.
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Post by VinnyD » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:31 pm

What ktg said.

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Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:41 pm

I don't remember everything I had, but the best meals I had were in a Yemeni restaurant and a Moroccan restaurant. Best falafel I had was in a Druze town way up north. Yad Vashem is worth a visit.

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Post by polardude1 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:11 pm

Food - shaksuka for breakfast /brunch. Try Dr, Shakshuka in Jaffa. It's a funky place with great shakshuka


Yo don't need walking tours in TA or Jaffa. Just wander around. Yo can walk from Jaffa to N TA along the sea side promenade,

day 2: Jerusalem. Too much to do in one day. Spend some of it in the old city. Try and get a tour of the Western Wall tunnel. http://www.ibookisrael.com/tour/jerusal ... unnel-tour

Lunch a Hummas Lina in the old city an good carnivore dinner along Rehov Agrippa in Mahane Yahuda.

Try and drive up to the Northern Golan Heights. Stop for lunch i a Druse village- Massade or Majdel Shams


Haifa- a free tour of the Bahai Temple is a must. Acre is OK
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Post by cummy » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:28 pm

wow! thanks for the great info. i just googled shakshuka. i will have to try that - however, one without any heat in it. cummy cannot do spicy!

yes, i will be there for 5 full days. the itinerary surely looks busy, huh? that usually is my game plan for new cities. on trip 1, i pack it all in so i get a glimpse of the place/area. then, on subsequent visits i just target wherever interested me on the first visit. so, yes, ktp, on my next visit i will then only concentrate on tel aviv and jerusalem.

shortly i will google map the place names suggested by polardude.

thanks. תודה

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Post by polardude1 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:21 pm

There is now a new train line from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem that should take around 30 minutes. I missed it's opening by a few months.
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Post by Citizen Baba » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:25 pm

Isn't that where the Bible takes place?

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Post by cummy » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:38 am

jeeeezus!

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Post by polardude1 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:13 pm

A few other things you can do in old city of Jerusalem is walk along the walls to get nice panoramic views. The stairway is close to the Jaffa Gate.
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Post by veronica_inheels » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:02 am

cummy wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:38 am
jeeeezus!
born in bethleem ! very close to jerusalem. i went there.

try the best humus near the damascus gate in jerusalem.

jaffo is nice. walked from it to tel aviv, by the beach. was awesome early in the morning.
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Post by Andrea1 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:04 am

Yes, spend longer in Jerusalem. Think you'll love Tel Aviv atmosphere, though. Being on/next to the beach is wonderful. The walk to Jaffo is a must do. It's fun on the day that there's a street market going on in Jaffo, unless you want to avoid the crowds.

The Bahai Shrine was my first view of Israel - from the ferry from Greece to Haifa. I love it, it has a place in my heart. I like Haifa, too.

Refillable felafel stands are the best - my favourites used to be at the old Tel Aviv bus station but that is long gone.

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Post by polardude1 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:26 am

The Bahai Shrine was my first view of Israel - from the ferry from Greece to Haifa. I love it, it has a place in my heart. I like Haifa, too.
The tour is free and well worth it
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Post by Andrea1 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:09 pm

Yes, I made a point of visiting the Shrine, a daytrip from near Nahariya, just to do that. Which inspired me to visit the Bahai Shrine when I was in Delhi.

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Post by polardude1 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:20 am

Ive been to the ones in New Delhi and the northern Chicago suburbs
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Post by VinnyD » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:53 am

Citizen Baba wrote:
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Isn't that where the Bible takes place?
Not all of it by any means.

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Post by dBrother » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:55 am

GLimpet wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:27 am
Just looking at my other receipts, I see I got a taxi into TA from the "taxi controller" at the airport when I arrived.
Fixed fee: 140 NIS (in Feb 2017).
That's about as good value as you'll get and compares well with the Uber/taxi from town back to airport.
You realize when you get an uber taxi 25% of the fare goes straight to ubercorp yeah? So they're probably just adding on 33% on top of the regular fare to account for this when you instead on booking a cab through uber.
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Post by polardude1 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:31 am

GLimpet wrote: ↑Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:27 am
Just looking at my other receipts, I see I got a taxi into TA from the "taxi controller" at the airport when I arrived.
Fixed fee: 140 NIS (in Feb 2017).
That's about as good value as you'll get and compares well with the Uber/taxi from town back to airport.
Or you can get a train into the city and then a far cheaper taxi to your hotel
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Post by GLimpet » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:41 pm

dBrother wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:55 am
GLimpet wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:27 am
Just looking at my other receipts, I see I got a taxi into TA from the "taxi controller" at the airport when I arrived.
Fixed fee: 140 NIS (in Feb 2017).
That's about as good value as you'll get and compares well with the Uber/taxi from town back to airport.
You realize when you get an uber taxi 25% of the fare goes straight to ubercorp yeah? So they're probably just adding on 33% on top of the regular fare to account for this when you instead on booking a cab through uber.
Despite your assumptions, the main reasons business people take Uber are reliability, convenience and accounting.

I only took one in TA last time - it was to the station in order to get the train to Haifa or Herzliya in time.

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Post by cummy » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:37 pm

thanks for all of the great ideas and suggestions. now, what can you suggest about safety? things seem to be heating up on the israel/gaza border over the past few days. only 460 rockets have been fired into israel by militants since monday. yep, only 460...! can you guarantee me a safe and enjoyable time during my visit? pretty please? i want to try the shakshuka and nibble on some good hummus.

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Post by polardude1 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:17 am

If things erupt from Gaza, stay in TA and north, which you're doing anyway.
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Post by cummy » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:31 am

thanks, polardude.

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