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a report from Andreas Haack
This was a business trip in December 2007.
I am running late and manged to get at 21:55 to the station. The to counters are closed and there build a cluster around the single ticket machine. All is in Hebrew and even the local people seem to have trouble to operate it and givein up. I get some help and got a ticket for 24.50 ILS. Just in time, actually to late, but the train is also late and packed with people so I must stand. At least the announcement is in English too. But I was not so sure where to get off in Haifa.
Side seeing in Haifa Daliyat el Kamel - 2007-12-07
Haifa is a cozy green harbour city mainly located on the Karmel hill. Yes its hilly. I stayed at the promising Dan Panorama Hotel. Beside the price, being near a five star hotel, the interieur and service reminds me on a two star hotel I had in Bulgaria at 10% of the price. And there is nothing that justifies the term panorama either. I call it Dan Crap Hotel. The good panorama I get on the famous and near by Baha'i Garden just a 10 min walk away. It gives a nice view over the city and harbour and the beautiful arranged plants and is free entrance. Unfortunately it was closed due to the slippery ground caused by the rain. My friends picked me up an we went to the university which is the highest place in Haifa. It gives a nice view. It was coverd in clouds and very windy too. For lunch we go to Daliyat el Karmel. It is a Druze village just outside Haifa. Taboun Samat is a simple restaurant with Druze cuisine. We had filled grave leaves, salad, lamb meat with rice on bread and Chicken on onion and bread.
Petra, Jordan 2007-12-13
The travel agency did miss my hotel. Finally I was on the way to join the group at the border, one Israeli woman and four Americans. The were hundreds of people, all from the same tour operator.
The tour operates by Tours in Isreal daily except on Yom Kippur. 364 days a year.
The Jordanian guide named Riad picked us up at the border. He is one of 5% of the Christian population of Jordan. We did a short to trip to Aqaba an important harbour and Jordan's only access to the see. It is a town of 100000 and also known for its touristic resorts mainly for Arabic people. In Jordan there is the world's largest flag mentioned in the Guinness book of records.
Our guide does also some funny remarks. There are a lot of international restaurants, he said: Mc Donalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut a.s.o. . Two hours later we arrive at the restaurant Oriental in Petra. Our starting point for the walk to the ancient city.
Tel Aviv 2007-12-13The Carmel market is certainly famous. The busy ... of an oriental market where sales man loudly present there goods. An goods are a wide selection of Israels fruits, food and Chinese cheep house hods goods. It is certainly interesting to get pushed around by the crowd buying their weekend grocery. But when you enter to the left pass the guards a world of magic opens to you. It is the art market. Israeli artists sell you a variety or excellent art that. I walk from stand to stand. Here a women who displays glass art in greenish and in sky blue these an collection of hand crafted gold rings. in the background dozens of cloth stores each with different selection
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