Buenos Aires; Cruise Day 18

By jetsetway, February 17, 2009

It was a busy day today. Because we are going on a trip tomorrow morning at 6:00, it did not make sense to go out on the town tonight. Furthermore the ship was not scheduled to arrive until 1:00 p.m.

We actually did not arrive until about 2:30 because there was so much maritime traffic. The port is very shallow here, and in certain parts we only had 3 feet of water below the ship.


Venice's Jewish Ghetto

By jetsetway, December 3, 2008

The original ghetto was is Venice and is a must see sight for people of all heritages.

We have come to know the word ghetto as urban areas were impoverished minorities tend to live. For those who have knowledge of WWII, from 1939 – 1944 Jews in Nazi occupied Europe were held in ghettos prior to being deported to concentration and death camps.

The original ghetto was is Venice. When Jews were being kicked out of cities all over Europe they were “tolerated” and allowed to live in Venice, but forced to live in the Ghetto from 1516 until 1797.



By jetsetway, November 17, 2008

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and has one of the highest number of Jewish citizens per capita of any European city. It is also home to the second largest synagogue in the world, which survived WWII because because Nazis used it for strategic reasons.


Jewish Curacao

By jetsetway, November 12, 2008

Jews have lived in Curacao for over 350 years. The community peaked in 1800 with over 2,000 Jews living on the island, many of them slave-owners who ran large sugar plantations. Today, the population has dwindled to about 450.

Consecrated on the eve of Passover in 1732, Curacao is also home to the oldest extant synagogue in the New World. The Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue covers about a square block, right in the heart of Willemstad, and is a fine example of Dutch architecture.


Lost Jews of Palma (Mallorca)

By jetsetway, October 20, 2008

Today I arranged for a private Jewish tour of Palma, Mallorca.

Tip – Generally opting for a private tour instead of a group tour is the smart way to go. Often just four people can sightsee cheaper with a private guide than signing up for the group tour. It certainly allows much more customization and knowledge while shortening the elapsed time. Sitting in a bus waiting for stranglers is not my idea of a good time.

I like Jewish tours because 1) I am Jewish, and 2) they tend to cover centuries of a region’s entire history. Therefore a Jewish tour is quite comprehensive.