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    Gotta love those translations.....

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 9, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The last line on the menu offer us for our tasting enjoyment -
    MOLD WINE....
    And a deal at only 24 NIS.
    But I do believe the establishment was speaking of "Mulled" wine.

    I will NOT reveal the location of the restaurant, suffice it to say that the service was better than the translation, but nothing special to write about, but just had to share this.

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    Shabbat

    by traveloturc Updated Sep 19, 2012

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    Favorite thing: One of its many unique qualities is that Jerusalem almost completely shuts down on Shabbat. This is a time of incredible quiet, like nothing you can experience in any other major city, when the observant Jews head for the Western Wall, synagogues and family gatherings, and less observant Jews enjoy their one day off from work, spend the day with their families, relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the city. A handful of restaurants stay open and people still roam the streets, but most activity ends mid-day Friday and doesn't pick up again until after dark on Saturday.İt can be difficult for non jewish foreigners...

    Shabbat trips

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    The wall

    by xaver Written Jan 7, 2012

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    Favorite thing: We reached the wall that separates Jerusalem fromPalestinian territories during our trip to Bethlem. The driver left us on the israelian side, we went through the wall and a palestinian guide were waiting for us on the other side as really a few palestinian are admitted to enter Jerusalem.

    Fondest memory: Passing through the wall was definitly an experience, in all the american movies when you get out of a prison, before going outside there is a big space where you walk to reach the final gate, that is the best description that I could find to let friends understand how you feel: in prison.

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    Dome of the rock

    by xaver Written Jan 7, 2012

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    Fondest memory: The dome of the rock in Jerusalem is a sort of comet star, when you get lost you look for a high place where to search for it and you find the direction, well at least this happened to us, specially because it's easy to get lost in the huge suk. Al Aqsa mosque is the third holy place for muslim prayers in the world after Mecca and Medina, unfortunatly we could not visit it because it was only opened from 7.30 am to 10 am and there always was a huge que, so, we decided to skip it, though as I said, it's impossible to skip the dome, definitly one of the most popular subject for pictures in the world.
    This and nothing else can be my fondest memory of Jerusalem.

    dome of the rock dome of the rock dome of the rock dome of the rock dome of the rock
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  • Tour Guide Recommendation

    by Jlummus Written Jun 23, 2011

    Favorite thing: If you are still in the market for an expert guide, recommend you try Suzanne Pomeranz (suztours@gmail.com). My companion and I just finished a four day guided tour with her and it was great and reasonably priced. Let me know if you want more info.

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  • Tour Guide Recommendation

    by Jlummus Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Favorite thing: We recently completed a four day guided tour of Jerusalem and used the very capable services of Ms. Suzanne Pomeranz (suztours@gmail.com) to plan and do the tour. She is an American mother tongue but very experienced guide and we were very pleased with her service and work with us throughout the process. From before we arrived until we left, she orchestrated the entire trip from the smallest details to fully meeting our expectations for the trip. We found that whether we were seeking insight to a wide range of attractions or trying to better understand Israeli politics, Suzanne was knowledgeable, willing to go into any level of detail and to encourage us to work hard to take advantage of our limited time in the city. We highly recommend her to any group or couple seeking to cover the waterfront as much as possible even if limited on time on the ground.

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    Jerusalem Freebies

    by gilabrand Updated Jul 8, 2010

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    Favorite thing: If you burned a hole in your pocket to get to Israel, here are a few suggestions for freebies around Jerusalem to keep your budget down:

    1) Yad Vashem – Holocaust museum on Mt. Herzl
    2) Rockefeller Museum – Archeology museum in East Jerusalem
    3) Round-the-clock entertainment on Ben Yehuda Street
    4) Knesset tours (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) – Bring your passport; call 02-6753538 in advance)
    5) Anna Ticho House on Harav Kook St. – Art exhibit and historic house (downtown Jerusalem)
    6) Mormon University on Mt. Scopus: Free concerts & tour (call 02- 6265621 to reserve a seat)
    7) Kikar Safra – Free tours of Jerusalem Municipality & scale model of Jerusalem, Kikar Safra, Jaffa Road
    8) Jerusalem Theater – Free concerts every Monday at 5 p.m.
    9) Guided city tours – Free, Hebrew and English, Saturday
    mornings at 10 a.m. (prompt!), leaving from Kikar Safra (for more information, call 02-531460 or 106 - The tour is 3 hours.
    10) Mahane Yehuda - Open market
    11) Mea Shearim – Ultra-orthodox neighborhood (modest dress!)
    12) Yellow Submarine - Free Jazz concerts on Tuesday nights, Talpiot industrial zone
    13) Jerusalem Botanical Gardens - Only if you get there before 7:30 in the morning, before the guard comes.

    Entrance to the Israel Museum is free on some holidays.

    And of course, the Old City of Jerusalem is the biggest freebie of them all.

    Mea Shearim - A living museum
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    Shabbat in Jerusalem

    by unaS Written Jun 26, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Shabbat is the Jewish holy day. It begins approximately 1 hour before sundown on Friday and continues until about 1 + hour after sundown on Saturday.

    In Jerusalem the Old City is open. You can certainly shop and eat there, visit the sites and forget Shabbat. You will need to walk or take a taxi to get there.

    In the western part of the city most everything is closed. There are some restaurants open on Hillel and Agron streets. Hotels serve their visitors as usual, but even hotel shops are closed.

    The Israel Museum is open on Shabbat, take a taxi to get there. The gift shop will probably be closed but I am not absolutely sure about that.

    Taxi rates do increase on Shabbat, using the number 2 level of rates rather than the number 1 level as on weekdays.

    Fondest memory: The peace and quiet of Shabbat

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    Need Some Sheqels?

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Israel Discount Bank is one of Israel's leading financial groups.

    The New Israeli Shekel / Sheqel is Israel’s currency. There are coins of 5, 10, 50 agorot (like cents), and 1, 5, 10, 20,50,100 & 200 shekels notes. The 200 Shekels notes are not easily traded, and one should try to avoid receiving them when exchanging money. Money can be exchanged at any of the street exchange bureaux, ATMs or any of Israel’s major banks.

    When exchanging money at a bank, you will be charged a fixed exchange fee, and if you choose to use an exchange place on the street, you will not be charged for the transaction, but will receive a lower rate than the banks supply.

    If you do choose to use the bank, try not to exchange money on Sundays. The reason is that while the Israeli banks are open on Sundays, there is no world currency trade on Sunday, and the banks charge a commission that is 10 times higher than on any other day of the week.

    There are many ATMs around Israel that are all connected to European and American banking systems. When using an ATM, you will be charged by your credit card provider, as well as an ATM fee. Your credit card provider will also determine what the exchange rate is, and it will usually be the highest rate possible for that date.

    Generally speaking, exchange places are always cheaper than the banks and ATMs, but if you choose to exchange money at a change spot, make sure to look at the rates of a few places before making your choice.

    Some Israeli businesses will accept Travelers’ cheques, although most of them won’t. If you insist on using travelers’ cheques, This leaves you with the alternative of cashing them at any of the Israeli post offices, which are the only commission – free way to cash travelers cheques in Israel. Cash can also be sent to post office branches using Western Union services.

    Israel Discount Bank
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    Modern architecture

    by Gili_S Written Mar 8, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The new part of the city of Jerusalem has been in constant development with the grow of population in Jerusalem. It is actually became the largest city in Israel.
    There are many interesting and unique architecture work in Jerusalem, some would say it is not suits the city, some would like it, take a look and have your own opinions.

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    The official site will take you for a virtual tour

    by Gili_S Updated Mar 8, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Check this official site, it's cool, it will take you to a virtual tour through the old city and you can see all what you always wish for.

    Fondest memory: Official site available in Hebrew, Arabic, English & Russian:

    Jerusalem Official

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    Using credit/debit/ATM cards in Israel

    by MikeySoft Updated Feb 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: ATMs are easy to find in Israel and I only used ATMs to get Israeli money while in Israel.

    You should be aware that many US banks add an additional fee for foreign exchange on a credit or debit card, something like 3 to 5%. They may also have a minimum fee like $10 to $25. You can call them and ask. However, CapitalOne does not charge (the last time I checked) the additional fee for their credit cards. This is not only for Israel but for all foreign charges.

    It is also my understanding that both Visa and Mastercard (no matter who is the bank) charge a 1% fee and this fee may be hidden in the exchange rate. I don't know if this happens with CapitalOne, however, comparing the exchange rate used, and the exchange rate listed on http://www.xe.com/ around the date of the transaction, this does not seem to be the case.

    For ATMs, I use my credit union debit card. My credit union does not charge an additional fee. I don't recommend using a credit card at ATMs because you are charged interest from the time you withdraw the money.

    The below link is an up to date US banks charge Debit and Credit cards for foreign transactions.

    http://flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Credit/Debit/ATM_Cards_and_Foreign_Exchange#Credit_and_Charge_Cards

    Please rate this and my other tips should you find then interesting, useful are like the photos, thanks.

    ATM at Tel Aviv Airport.

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    VT does Notre Dame de Sion (in Ein Karem)

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 2, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The VT Jerusalem Meet 2008, met and slept at the Notre Dame de Sion hostel, a monastary turned into a B&B (although it is still run by nuns and priests). You can see that Vere, Carmen and Zohara are enjoying the breakfast outside on the porch as well as Antonio and Katherine.
    The entrance is a very imposing solid wall with a iron gate, closed until you ring for somone to come open it. You get a key to the main gate as well as your room and they have closed parking also. It was a great place to enjoy a few minutes of peace wandering their gardens and walkways.

    Vere, Carmen, Zohara, VT Jerusalem 2008 Antonio, Katherine, VT Jerusalem 2008 Notre Dame de Sion, VT Jerusalem 2008 Notre Dame de Sion hallway, VT Jerusalem 2008 Notre Dame de Sion alcove, VT Jerusalem 2008
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    Gates in the Old City

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Dec 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If a city is walled then it must have gates. The Old City walls in Jerusalem have eight gates, seven of them made during the construction and one added in the 19th century. Gates are heavily symbolic and the very act of going through one is of significance. It's a much more exciting way to enter a city than via a motorway or a tunnel and calls to mind all kinds of dramatic scenes from ancient legends.

    The Damascus Gate is the entrance into the Muslim Quarter.

    The Jaffa Gate is the traditional entrance for pilgrims, next to The Citadel.

    The New Gate is indeed the newest of the gates, opened in the 19th century to give access to the Christian Quarter.

    Herod's Gate is very close to the Damascus Gate and allows access to the Muslim Quarter also.

    St Stephen's Gate/Lion's Gate is on the eastern wall and gives access to the Mount of Olives.

    The Dung Gate is on the southern wall and is the smallest of the city gates. It gives access to the Western Wall Plaza.

    Zion Gate was added to give access to the Franciscan monastery left outside the walls by Suleyman's architescts.

    Golden Gate is perhaps the most interesting of all. The entrance to the Temple Mount, it is sealed and some believe it will only be opened when the Messiah comes.

    Before you come to Jerusalem, looking at the location of all these gates and checking which area of the Old City the give access to is a very good way of orientating yourself.

    A gate In the Old City Jaffa Gate sign The sealed Golden Gate
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    Just Another Brick in the Wall

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Dec 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you've read the rest of this page then you'll know by now that I really loved the walls surrounding the Old City. They extend for 4km right round the Old City and were built betwen 1537 and 1542 by Suleyman the Magnificent when the Ottoman Turks ruled Israel and Palestine, a rule that continued some 400 years until 1917. Among the many popular legends about the walls, possibly the most grisly is the one that tells of Suleyman beheading the architects and having them buried inside the Jaffa Gate. The reason for this was supposedly their failure to enclose the Franciscan Monastery or the fact that he didn't want them to build similar walls anywhere else. The walls are amazing and walking around and through them really heightens the experience of visiting the Old City.

    It's possible to walk on the walls as well and taking the Ramparts Walk is something I look forward to doing when I come back to Jerusalem. You cannot do the full circuit as one section of the wall is closed for security reasons, so there are two seperate sections. The first is betwen Jaffa Gate and Zion Gate and a longer walk starting at Jaffa Gate and finishing at New Gate, Lion's Gate or Herod's Gate.

    Honey coloured city walls by the New Gate
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