Flights to and from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Briefly Suspended

Due to a military incident involving Israel and Syria, flights into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport were briefly suspended Saturday, Israeli media reported. Immediately following the incident, in which an Israeli F-16 jet was shot down by Syrian fire,  civilian airspace over northern Israel was shut down.  The flight suspensions at Ben Gurion, much to the south of the Israeli-Jordanian-Syrian border area, lasted … Continue reading Flights to and from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Briefly Suspended

4 Ways to Travel in Israel Free

For almost as long as I’ve been traveling to Israel, and certainly when I lived there, prospective visitors have asked me the same question: where should I go? The answer to that question depends of course on what your chief interests are, but is often followed by whether you should travel independently or book a tour. To which I respond, Would you book a tour … Continue reading 4 Ways to Travel in Israel Free

The Secret Life of the Hotel Shopping Bag

Attention four-star and five-star hotel hoppers: You know you’ve seen it there, lurking in the closet above the logo-emblazoned single-use slippers and plastic laundry bag. Your first reaction is probably something like, “Hey, that’s a really nice looking shopping bag!” to be swiftly followed by something like, “But hey, why did they stick a shopping bag in the hotel room closet? After all, it’s a … Continue reading The Secret Life of the Hotel Shopping Bag

24 Hours at Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort in Rethymno, Crete

Crete is an island as unnerving and necessary as love. Tough though it can be come summertime to dodge the heat-seeking hordes from the north, it’s still a worthwhile place to while a way a week or more to get a feel for Greece beyond its wonderful but cramped capital and the by-now cliche Greek islands like Santorini and whatever flavor-of-the-month isle as anointed by … Continue reading 24 Hours at Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort in Rethymno, Crete

Postcards from Israel For My Father on His Early Spring Birthday, with no mention of numbers or dates

Because it’s my blog, and I’ll turn it into a birthday card if I want to! This is an old building in Jaffa, probably built during Turkish times i.e. a really long time ago. But wait, this is more about my Dad, who in comparison to this edifice is pretty dang young. Jumping a few centuries forward, here’s a partial view of Tel Aviv from the balcony … Continue reading Postcards from Israel For My Father on His Early Spring Birthday, with no mention of numbers or dates

This is what might happen if you spend 24 Hours at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel—Do you know what makes a great hotel? I know what doesn’t: high thread count Frette linens, a Jeff Koons knock-off in the lobby or the fact that George Washington once slept there, maybe. In other words yes, the devil is in the details but what you want is character. The more character there is in your hotel, the freer you will be … Continue reading This is what might happen if you spend 24 Hours at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv