A trip to the city of Ioannina in north Greece, can also be an exciting spiritual experience, due to a unique Jewish tourist site: the "Kahal Kadosh Yashan" (old holy congregation) synagogue of the Romanyotis community. This is the last synagogue in the world that preserves the Romanyotis special traditions, some of which can only be seen in this synagogue.
The logistical question that concerns everyone planning a trip is "where will we stay?" We see plenty of hotels offers in the internet, and have trouble choosing between them. They all offer nice pictures and customer recommendations, but sometimes we find later that price may not include taxes and fees, or the rooms are not clean, or too crowded, or the hotel is located in an unpleasant neighborhood, or far from the entertainment venues. We all read the guest reviews on the booking sites, knowing that the information is not always entirely reliable, because companies like "Booking" are censoring negative reviews. Therefore, the issue of overnight stays is dilemma. להמשך קריאה
In the previous articles in this series about the Epirus district, we dealt with the question of what to see there. Assuming that the answer is clear by now, and we already have a desire to travel to Epirus, there are logistical questions about how to get there, and where should we sleep there? להמשך קריאה
Imagine Mount Meron, multiply it by four and five times, and then add dozens of similar mountains at different altitudes. Imagine the cliff on Mount Arbel in the north of the Sea of Galilee, multiply its height ten or twenty times, and its width a hundred times. If you can imagine these sights, you can visualize the Epirus region of Greece. The view is charming and fascinating. It has torrential rivers and snowy peaks. This is a mountainous region like our Galilee, but at greater intensities.
Thessaloniki is a particularly interesting destination for the Orthodox Jewish public. It was the only city in the Diaspora with a majority of Jewish inhabitants, while the Gentiles were the minority. The census of 1734 stated that the Thessaloniki population totaled 40,000 comprising of 20,000 Jews, 10,000 Muslims and 9,000 Christians. In a census conducted in 1880, Thessaloniki`s population numbered 85,000 – 50,000 Jews, 20,000 Moslems and 15,000 Christians. להמשך קריאה
The north of Greece is full of tourist attractions with stunning views like Switzerland, just about two hours flight from Tel Aviv, and with very low airfares and hotels. There are beautiful trekking in all kinds of difficulty levels, in forests alongside many streams and springs. Jewish travelers might be very interested to visit the town of Veria, which is a 30-40 minute drive from Salonika.
About a year ago, the Debrecen newspapers published a decision by the city council to place copper memorial stones with the names of Holocaust victims (Stolpeisteine) on the sidewalks in front of the entrances to their homes. A similar memorial project was done in the streets of Berlin and Budapest.
WIZZ AIR recently launched a new line that goes from Israel directly to the city of Debrecen in Hungary. The great thing about WIZZ AIR is that the tickets are sold at a very low price, and the distance you will be traveling is only about three and a half hours. I had the opportunity to visit Debrecen, a city I had never visited before.