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After Easter Sunday breakfast at our Sevilla hotel, we cabbed to Hertz, and began the 250 kilometer drive to Granada.  I had been with my family in 1985, but with not much recollection other than seeing water throughout the Alhambra. Unfortunately, the first water we saw in Granada was fairly heavy rain.  But when you have one day […]

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Semana Santa in Sevilla

If your family is Jewish and Christian, why not combine a trip to Israel with a Semana Santa trip to Sevilla?  Yes, Semana Santa (Holy Week) in southern Spain is a colossal fiesta, with mayhem during the few days leading up to Easter.  While Spain is close to 95% Catholic, we don’t notice it in […]

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Not that we expected a cakewalk, but the trip across the border took a good hour of passport checking and payments in Israel, a security checkpoint in Israel, a quarter mile of walking, a security checkpoint in Jordan, and then a final passport check and payments in Jordan. We were retrieved on the Jordan side […]

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Israel, Part II

We were booked for two nights at the Dan Panorama in Jerusalem, a perfect locale around the corner from its sister hotel, the King David, with really comfortable and ample sized rooms and very helpful staff.  My only issue was that the pool closed at 5:00 p.m., making no sense for tourists who want to spend the day visiting […]

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Israel, Part I

When checking in your baggage before your flight, always count the number of bag tags that are handed to you. As expected, El Al demonstrated tight security at the Barcelona airport, asking us multiple questions about our forthcoming trip to Israel.  This all took place at one El Al counter, and each of our 5 bags […]

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