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Holidays in Tel Aviv

Confused by the variety of places to go out to in the city? here are some tips to get around in the telavivian nightlife
With so many options for a night out: culture, music, bars and restaurants,

With so many events and festivals held all year long and especially during the summer,
With so many people coming from all over the country and the world to enjoy what Tel Aviv has to offer,
No wonder they call it the city that never stops.

And the city indeed doesn’t stop. At any time of the day or night you can find people in the streets, spending their nightime on one of the city’s newest bars, or zipping quality coffee at the 24 hours Cafes.

You can choose from a wide selection of nigh time activities: Night menus at restaurants, Israeli music concerts at bars, Local and international DJs playing various kinds of music at one of the city’s mega clubs, or a nice stroll at the scenic Newe Tzedek or the hype Port.

Going out in Tel Aviv tips:

When: People in Tel Aviv go out anywhere between 8PM & 4 AM. Most restaurants are open until at least midnight, offering special night menus beginning at 11 PM. Local bars start the evening around 9 PM – if you arrive later to a popular bar it might take you a while to get in. Dance bars & Clubs be packed by 1 AM and all night long.
During the weekend (Thursdays – Saturdays) “out of towners” join the local & tourist crowd so be sure to arrive early or have reservations.

Age: Bars, clubs and dance bars usually check for ID. The entrance age changes according to the specific place or party, so check in advance.

Tipping: Since most waiters and bartenders live off tips only, it’s a customs to tip them generously. Either way – 12% is the official tipping rate.

Alcohol: Most bars and clubs offer a wide selection of alcohol, draft beers, vodka, whiskey and many cocktails. Israelis usually don’t drink as much as in other countries so you won’t find many drunk people on the streets 🙂

Where: Tel Aviv has several entertainment areas, each has it’s own atmosphere, people and customs. Each area will offer you the local bar, the local successful restaurant and usually a good place to listen to live music.

The main areas are:

Florentin:
A very hip neighborhood in the south of Tel Aviv with many young people, offers a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants all located close to the canter of the neighborhood on Florentin street. Located at the south of Tel Aviv, Florentin attracts mainly young crowd. The streets may not be the cleanest the city has to offer, but if you want to go out casually and meet nice people, that’s the place for you.
More information about florentin you can find here

Neve Tzedek:
Being the first Hebrew neighborhood in Tel Aviv ,this neighbourhood is a collection of small, historical & picturesque houses. It’s special nature has been recently discovered and today Newe Tzedek is the most stylish place to live in. Due to its layed-back nature, you can find small Cafes and Bars along the narrow streets. Europe in Tel Aviv.
For more information click here

The port:
Newly renovated, the port offers the ultimate night hang out – a stroll along the wooden boardwalk, a variety of bars and restaurants open late to accommodate those who choose to spend their time at one of the clubs.  The port is highly recommended for a night out during the weekends. During the week, some of the places offer parties thrown espcially for the tourist crowd.
More information here

Yad harutzim:
As you get southern part of the city, the venues become larger & louder. Yad Haruzim will offer you the city’s Mega bars & clubs, usually open at 12 AM and go on all night long. Being an industrial area, you can also find some of the finest restaurants.
More information here

Lilinblum & Nachlat Binyamin (Rothchild Quaters)
The Oldest nightlife area in the city – with every step you take you find your self standing in front of another bar. These streets offer you some of the drinking “institutes” – that has been there for decades and doesn’t seem to lose their hype. The perfect location for bar hoping.
More here

Dizengoff & Ben Yehuda
In two of the longest streets in the city, Seems like every weekend you have one more bar to check out. Most bars are small and designed to fit the neighbourhood residents, which means that around 11PM you can’t find a spare sit.

On the beach:
During the summer, the beach takes it’s spot as the center of life, tourists and locals come to enjoy the sun & water during the day the night & alcohol during the night. . The bars are spread on the beach front starting at the port and goes all the way to down to Jaffa.
More information here

So – what are you waiting for? Make your pick and .. Go out! And remember – don’t drink & drive.

Tacheles closing

Nowhere captures the essence and energy of Berlin in the 90s as acutely as Tacheles does. It all started at the very start of the decade, just after the Berlin Wall fell, when a group of artists successfully saved the building – an erstwhile department store – from demolition. Despite resembling an architectural dog’s dinner, the old ruin was proved to be structurally sound and the artists set up a cultural centre and nightclub here. From that day forth Tacheles has been a ramshackle, graffiti-ed temple to art and booze… Go and worship!

This is a must see if you’re in Berlin, you’ll never see anything like it anywhere else. If you can afford it there’s some amazing art for purchase here, but mostly a unique cultural experience. Their website: http://super.tacheles.de/cms/
This space is exceptional and I hope truly that it’s importance and historical relevance is realized and the area preserved and not developed.

have a look at this blog about what is happening now in Berling regarding Tacheles

Guided Tours of Mount Fuji

If you are interested in visiting or climbing Mount Fuji in Japan, joining a guided tour of Mount Fuji is convenient. Here is a list of some Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Mount Fuji tours are listed in alphabetical order.

1. GoReKi Tours

Offers various mount Fuji climbing tours from Yamanashi. Interpreters are available with an additional charge.Mt.Fuji Mountaineering School GoRiki
4-1-14 Asahi Fujiyoshida-city, Yamanashi
Phone: 0555-24-1032 / Fax: 0555-24-1052
email: info@fujitozan.jp

2. Mount Fuji Photo Tours

Photography tours of Mount Fuji in English. Tours are custom arranged and are guided by veteran Japanese photographers living and working in the Mt. Fuji area.
Contact Form

3. Mount Fuji Sunrise Bus Tour

Offers bus tours to see the sunrise from the Mount Fuji 5th Station. Pick-up services are available at inns which are members of Kawaguchiko Onsen Ryokan Association.
Kawaguchiko Onsen Ryokan Association
Phone: 0555-72-0346

4. Mount Fuji Tours by Tokyo City Tours

Offers Mount Fuji sunrise tours, Mount Fuji camping tours, Mount Fuji climbing tours, and more tours. Pick-up services from Tokyo hotels are included in some tours.Tokyo City Tour
403, 4-35-9 Arakawa Arakawa-ku Tokyo
Phone 03-6824-6333 / Fax 03-6822-6690
email: tctour@tctour.co.jp

5. Sunshine Tours (Japanese Version)

Offers Mount Fuji climbing bus tours from Kansai region and Nagoya area.Sunshine Tour
Osaka Station Dai4 Building 11F 1-1100, 1-11 Umeda Kita-ku Osaka-city
Phone: 06-6344-3077

6. Travex Fujisan Tours (Japanese Version)

This company specializes in treking tours. Offers Mount Fuji sunrise tours, Mount Fuji climbing tours, and Mount Fuji traking tours from Tokyo. Operates buses to Fuji-gogome (fifth station) from Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Travex Tours
Tsuruya Building 2F 2-1-12 Hyakunincho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone : 03-6233-1723 / 03-6233-1730
email: Finfo@travex.co.jp

Vintage Shopping in Berlin

Vintage shopping in Berlin

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

By Natasha Montrose

Berlin is not the first capital city one thinks of when it comes to great shopping. Coming from Paris, where couture is like caffeine and well-heeled Parisians are part of the cityscape, fashion in Berlin seems categorically different.

Yet for those seeking something unique, the city is rich with second-hand and vintage shops, offering a huge range of styles that reflect the cultural changes Berlin went through during the twentieth century, from the decadent Weimar Republic to the turbulent reunification years. Prices vary widely – you can pick things up from as little as 5 euros up to 150 euros. Bartering is possible, depending on the shop.

The trendy Prenzlauer berg area in eastern Berlin is a hub for vintage shopping, comparable to Greenwich Village or Notting Hill but without the inflated price tags.


Cache Coeur stocks vintage couture.

Kastanienalle, known as ”casting alley” is a good starting point for shoppers. People-watching is highly recommended – kick back at the uber cool cafĂ© 103 on the corner of Zionskirchstrasse. (MAP) The adjoining streets, notably Schönehauser Allee and Oderberger Strasse are also hotspots for bargain hunters. Shops brim with displays of leather boots suspended from rails, sorted by size; there are many colorful shirts and print dresses, as well as decorative objects, and the odd Bauhaus inspired piece of furniture. Shoppers could pick up a retro Adidas jacket, for example, for around 10 euros.

Opposite the U2 bahn station Senefelderplatz, is Cache Coeur, a boutique-style vintage shop stocking luxury clothes from the 50s (sourced from auctions and sales), couture pieces and contemporary labels such as Costume National, Miu Miu, Roland Mouret, all meticulously picked by its eccentric owner Gerlinde. The shop has a cult reputation amongst the fashion conscious Berliners and wardrobe consultants for film, theatre and opera. The window display was particularly inviting with a mid length fitted hot red cashmere winter coat, double-breasted with a wide belt.

A couple of shops on Weiner Strasse in the Kreuzberg district have a predominance of Tiki paraphernalia, with Hawaiian shirts that would make Magnum P.I. blush! All second-hand shops have a surplus of the ubiquitous army jacket and leather goods. However be prepared to rummage.

If second hand is not your thing, you can head down from Prenzlauer berg, towards Mitte, where Mulackstrasse is home to the German designer boutique LaLa Berlin. Their signature knits might be soft and light but don’t expect to find a bargain! Further along the street is a hip design store call Star Styling, with a mix of silk shirts, knits and accessories.

Thrift shopping hardly conjures up the Berlin of Dietrich’s day but young and hip eternally Das ist Berlin.

Addresses:
Cache Cœur, Schönhauser allee 174
Lala Berlin, Mulackstrasse 7 (www.lalaberlin.com)
Star Styling, Mulackstrasse 4

Great Picture

Don’t you just want to dive right into that sea? If you were in Zanzibar, where Lonely Planet photographer Mark Daffey took this image, you could.

Ski Vacation Rentals in Italy

Skiing in Italy is a fine and quite recommendable pursuit. Admittedly the ski resorts here are not as famous as those in Switzerland and Austria, but they have a charm of their own. Skiing in Italy is sure to be a memorable experience.

Italy’s ski resorts  are  a world-famous winter resorts that rival any other in Europe.  Cortina for Instance is magnificently situated in a sunny amphitheater, it is ringed by spectacular peaks, which rise nearly 2000 meters above the village.  Ski Resorts,  as the Bormio,  have been appreciated since the age of the ancient Romans. A complete relaxation between nature and sport: offers you thermal baths, the National Park Stelvio and its surroundings and a large and equipped skiing district.

Another beautiful ski resort in Italy us the Val Gardenia,  an area unlike any other. The Sella Ronda is an amazing circular network of lifts and trails taking you around the spectacular Gruppo Sella: a mighty limestone massif with villages scattered around it.

For Ski Vacation Rentals in Italy click here

New Year’s Eve in Rome

Piazza del Popolo is the center of Roman celebrations: traditional Fiesta di San Silvestro goings-on cheek by jowl with concerts and fireworks, with celebrating well into the wee hours. About.com’s Guide to Italy has the scoop on all of Italy’s New Year’s Eve haps… read up on Italian new year’s traditions, too. And that red underwear thing? Brings you luck.

There’s always a free concert going on in piazza del popolo and there’s the club La Maison which is just off via governo vecchio in the centro storico which will be putting on the best night in the city. For accommodation try out StayRentals.com and Homelidays and  for the best food in Rome, chica boomba again on the via governo vecchio. Their hand made pasta is the best.

When the grown-ups go to bed on 1 January, the New Year’s Eve in Rome celebrations turn to the children with papier-mâchĂ© masks, performers on stilts, clowns, acrobats, fire-eaters and all sorts of other attractions.