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Baltimore: A City of Firsts

Baltimore: A City of Firsts

Baltimore is a city of firsts.  Birthplace of our national anthem.  First stop on Babe Ruth’s illustrious career as a baseball icon.  First JCC in America. As we learned on a recent Jewish Post of New York press trip to Charm City (as it’s sometimes called), Baltimore is also a first-rate destination for a weekend getaway.

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Canyon Ranch Getaway

From left:(top row) Canyon Ranch Clubhouse; Cycling at the main entrance; Desert hiking; (2nd row) Daytime yoga; Spa Suite; The T-Pool; (3rd row) View of Santa Catalina Mountains from Canyon Ranch; Clubhouse; Yoga Dome;(bottom) Demo Kitchen; Aquatic Center; Drumming Class;

From left: (top row) Canyon Ranch Clubhouse; Cycling at the main entrance; Desert hiking; (2nd row) Daytime yoga;...

If asked to describe a perfect vacation, I'm sure many women, and an increasing number of men, would include a spa experience as part of their ideal getaway. Over the years, Canyon Ranch has come to epitomize the gold standard of Spas.

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Tel Aviv and Zurich in Two Days

(From left) Top row: The Dan Jerusalem Hotel; Mini Israel Park’s site plan; Mini Israel, The Old City of Jerusalem, replica; Mini Israel, King David Hotel, Jerusalem, replica. Center row: Mini Israel, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, replica; Mini Israel, Haifa port, replica. 4 central photos on right - Top left: Mini Israel Park, general view; Top right: Mini Israel, Ben Gurion Airport, replica; Bottom left: Mini Israel, Eilat, replica; Bottom right: Mini Israel, Old City of Safed, replica. Bottom row: Mini Israel, Bau Hause style in Tel Aviv, replica; Mini Israel, Old Jaffa, replica; Mini Israel, the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, replica. Photos: Kanan Abramson
(From left) Top row: The Dan Jerusalem Hotel; Mini Israel Park’s site plan;...


(From left) Top: Entrance to Old Jaffa; Center square of Old Jaffa; View of Tel Aviv and its beach from the archeological excavations hill in Old Jaffa; Center: Streets and alleys with art galleries and artists’ residences in Old Jaffa; Bottom: The Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel; The Tel Aviv beach promenade view to north. At left is the former Dolphinarium discotheque, where 21 Israeli youth were killed by Arab terrorist on June 1st, 2001; At right is Hassan Beck Mosque, from which Arab snipers killed many Israelis on the streets of neighboring Tel Aviv in 1948; The Meatos Kosher Gourmet Grill-Bar, Tel Aviv. Photos: Kanan Abramson
(From left) Top: Entrance to Old Jaffa; Center square of Old Jaffa;...


(From left) Top: The modern Zurich Airport Terminal; Inside the Business Class Launch at Zurich Airport;...

The morning light of Mount Scopus in Jerusalem woke me up through the small opening in the curtain, which was swinging slightly due to a pleasant, patting wind gliding into my room at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel.

Soon, my friends joined me for a repetition of the previous morning’s one-of-a-kind breakfast at the hotel which once again, for the second day in a row, was so unique. The large, nicely decorated dining room facing the outdoors pool inspired a peaceful atmosphere.

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Jerusalem in One Day and a Half

(From left)Top: Swiss International Airlines’ lounge at JFK airport in New York; Swiss aircraft at JFK bound for Zurich; Swiss’ Business Class Seats turning into 180 Degrees Beds.  2nd row: Ben Gurion Int’l Airport in Tel Aviv;The Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus; A view east from Mt. Scopus on The Judea Desert and the Dead Sea;  Bottom: The Dan Jerusalem; The lobby of The Dan Jerusalem; The recreation area of The Dan Jerusalem; Tourist attraction on Mt. Scopus. Photos: Kanan Abramson
(From left)Top: Swiss International Airlines’ lounge at JFK airport...


(From left) Top: An ancient seven foot thick olive tree at The Garden of Gethsemane; Celebrating the 44th Anniversary of The Liberation of Jerusalem in the Six Day War in 1967; The Citadel; 2nd row: The Cardo, a typical Roman street from the 6th century, now a Jewish mall in the Old City of Jerusalem; Thousands of youths gather at The Wailing Wall to celebrate The 44th Anniversary of its Liberation;A typical commercial street in the Arab Quarter of the Old City. Bottom: Statue of King David Playing the Harp in the old city; Jews pray routinely at The Tomb of King David while it’s being restored; The restored synagogue, The Ruin of Rabbi Yehuda the Hassidic, which has been destroyed by the Jordanians between 1948-1967; A view west from Mt. Olives: In center of photo is The Old City, above is The New City of Jerusalem, and below is Mt. Olives’ Jewish Cemetery, which has been destroyed by the Jordanians between 1948-1967. Photos: Kanan Abramson

(From left) Top: An ancient seven foot thick olive tree at The Garden of Gethsemane...
Some of Darna Glatt Kosher Moroccan Restaurant’s special dishes. A unique dining experience in Jerusalem. Photos: Kanan Abramson & Darna’s online menu
Some of Darna Glatt Kosher Moroccan Restaurant’s special dishes. A unique dining experience in Jerusalem. Photos: Kanan Abramson & Darna’s online menu

My editor called me. "How about taking an overseas trip for a total of four and a half days?" he asked. "You know me, I'll take it," I responded. "Where do I have to go?" "It's going to Israel and Switzerland and the flight time on Swiss International Air Lines with connections in Zurich will be included in the four and a half days…and, by the way, it falls on the occasion of the forty fourth Annual Jerusalem Liberation Day celebrations."

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