Mexico City: Resources, Tours and Tips

Museums
Museo Soumaya – Carlos Slim built this museum and named it after his wife. Cool museum. It is free and if you only visit 3 museums in Mexico this should be 1. 2 is Frida & Diego Museum and the 3 its

Frida & Diego Museum – http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/en/ – great indoor outdoor museum celebrating the lives and relationship of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Buy your tickets online to avoid the long lines.

Museo Nacional de Anthropolgia Museum – http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx – this is a wonderful space that you could get lost in for hours and hours. Very well done history of the people in Mexico and latin america.

Other stuff
Vinicola Urbana – Winery in the heart of the city

Avenida Presidente Masaryk – is the Rodeo drive of Mexico City

Mercado Ciudadela – is an artisan market

Mexico City’s Top Spots for Street Art – https://www.afar.com/travel-tips/mexico-citys-top-spots-for-street-art

A Guide to the Coolest Mexico City Street Art – http://northernlauren.com/guide-mexico-city-street-art/

Sheraton hotel – the round about in front of the hotel has 30 x 5 foot and painted soccer/Futbal’s from teams around the world. If someone is really into soccer seeing the painted balls is really cool.

Xochimilco Canals – 3 to 4 hour activity but cool. Bring food and wine or buy it there for a ton more money

Chapultepec Castle – worth a look and the best view of the city from here

Transportation – Uber, EasyTaxi or Cabify

Food tour and cooking – http://eatlikealocal.com.mx

Casa Jacaranda – perfect place for cooking lessons

Tierra Garat – Mexico es cafe y chocolate – a Chocolate shop and cafe

Del Parque Cafe – for good coffee

Resources in English – http://cdmxtravel.com/en/

Tel Aviv: Resources, Tours and Tips

Tour Guides and tour Companies:
Sulwis Suleiman – sulwis@gmail.com  +972 54 582 3612 – he tours all over Israel including: TLV, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, West Bank, Jordan etc.
Adi Siri –  adi.siri@hotmail.com  – +972 50 668 4541 She gives local reasonably priced tours in Tel Aviv only
Jordan Tour Guide – aamreen100@gmail.com  +962 77 25 38 649 or +962 79 890 8167 -he has been a guide for 20 plus years.  He will help with everything once you cross the Jordanian Border.  You fly into Eilat Airport in Israel then take a 10 minute taxi to the boarde, check in at 2 counters (papers then payment) and then walk across  the boarder.  Guide arranges the VISA that you will need to get into Jordan.  Once you meet him he takes care of the rest including the Hotel in Jordan.  It is best to stay one night in Jordan for you will see more, you won’t be rushed and all of the entry fees are then cheaper.

                                                                                                                                                              Places to eathttps://www.restaurants-in-israel.co.il/restaurant.aspx?id=23724

2 local Airlines –  www.Arkia.com and Isair – http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/airports/bengurion/airlines/Pages/Israir.aspx

Welcomepickups.com –   To reserve a car for your arrival. Usually from International airport to TLV is $50  to $75. They can also take you directly to Jerusalem for about double the TLV rate.

Gett is the app you must download for local taxi rides

Best Rental car placehttps://rent.albar.co.il/en/rent-in-israel/

https://www.touristisrael.com/haifa/435/

https://abrahamtours.com

https://www.touristisrael.com

Neveh Tzedek neighborhood is cool to walk around galleries and stores and coffee and ice cream and yogurt. 

Rothschild blvd is nice to walk around. restaurants and bars. pretty lively.

Tour Guide – Maor : +972 52 221 4814

Masada – is 1.5 hours from Jerusalem.

Israel Side Trips from Tel Aviv
Haita – 1,5 from TLV – Womens Center for trade is key attraction
Kinneret – tons of nature preserves
Safed – one of the 4 holiest cities in israel – Sachne Natural Pools key attraction
Hurfeish – one of the Druze Villages in Galilea

Jerusalem: Resources, Tours and Tips

Tour Guide: Ori Unterman – oriunterman@gmail.com or +972 52 338 4669 She is a great local guide that can take you to see old and new Jerusalem. The Machane Yehuda Market. 

Jerusalem Tour –   Tower of David Museum. Visit historical marvels and spiritual landmarks as King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supperthe Church of the Holy SepulcherVia Delarosa, the Arab Market and the recently restored Roman Cardo.  Wander through the charming Armenian & Jewish quarters.  See the sacred Western Wall and then the Christian Quarter. End your day at the tasty and lively culinary gem The Machane Yehuda Market.  

National Holocaust Musem (YadVashem.org) – you can visit this museum on your own.  Hire a guide when you get there or use audio head set.  This is easily a 3 hour plus tour. You can do it quicker but you will likely miss parts of it.  It’s big and beautiful and tragic and moving all at the same time.

Welcomepickups.com –  rides from the TLV airport. Trip usually costs approx $110. You can jump in a cab for cheaper.

Sandlemansneweuropetours.com

Due to Shabbat Friday nights are really slow in Jerusalem and most of Israel.

Saturday Tours always have an extra fee if they run at all.

Bethlehem, Banksy & The Banksy Hotel and Hebron Information

Below are pictures of Banksy’s hotel that he secretly built in Bethlehem. And yes it faces the wall 10 feet away. The rest of the pictures are of the interior of the hotel except for the Dove and Flower Thrower pictures that are actually painted on the wall.

You can actually stay in the hotel and walk through the museum inside that Banksy created about the conflict.  Seeing his hotel might have been better then seeing the girl with the balloon destroyed at auction.  The guy is a a creative genius. When I was asked recently, if granted a wish,  who was the one person that I would love to have dinner with, I can unequivocally say it would be Banksy.  Please go see and even stay in his brilliant hotel. And maybe track him down at a concert or two???

Walled Off small

Sulwis Suleiman – sulwis@gmail.com  +972 54 582 3612 – he tours all over Israel including: TLV, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, West Bank, Jordan etc.

Bethlehem Tour Guide – Issa (Abu David) Phone number – 0523730465

Al – Surfara Restaurant – www.facebook.com/مطعم-السفراء-Al-sufara-Restaurant-315722595985/ – this is a very local family owned hole in the wall with great shawarma and falafel. They make the falafel right in front of you on the street.  The salad and pita are also very very fresh.  This place is in front of the church 100 yards up the little shopping street near the fake starbucks.