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andymakesglasses
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20435 posts since 26/1/06

2 May 2017 09:42
Have a look at HomeAway / VRBO.

They're not as user-friendly as Airbnb though, when I've tried to use them in the past I've ended up waiting several days for homeowners to get back in touch, got frustrated and booked elsewhere.
jamintoons
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16 posts since 21/11/13

2 May 2017 11:46

We have booked villas through Ibiza Spotlight a few times. Decent selection and they are sound to deal with. Also owners direct is worth a look.
Jaymo85
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240 posts since 28/3/13

2 May 2017 12:36
Cheers, will give them a look.
jwool
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2703 posts since 16/2/10

15 May 2017 17:31
Anyone been to Biarritz? Recommend anywhere to eat/drink?
crutch
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464 posts since 22/11/12

15 May 2017 18:04
Biarritz is great! There's a nice spot for a drink up above the grand plage (the surf beach not the main town beach). It's like a beach bar by the pétanque area and you can have a drink and watch the sunset/surf. Then if you walk right (as you look at the sea) towards the town there's a street leading down the hill into town with several small independent restaurants, good burgers/pizza/seafood/pintxos etc. also around the little fishing harbour is a couple of fish restaurants, one a bit more upmarket and the other really casual, we've only eaten at the casual one and it's great, simple cheap and fresh. Sorry for the vague directions - I can try to post a pic of a map if interested
crutch
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464 posts since 22/11/12

15 May 2017 18:05
Also if you are staying there a while then San Sebastián is not too far a drive and has good food and bars too. Caveat being I surf so I'm biased to the area!
maximus
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1724 posts since 13/7/06

10 Jul 2017 11:48
can anyone recommend somewhere for a weeks stay, just want a nice pool/bar/beach decent food not bothered about sightseeing, just a chill out holiday.
Budget is 1K per person for everything
thanks.
illwill
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4057 posts since 17/5/04

4 Aug 2017 20:09
Anyone been to Tel Aviv? Thinking about going next spring.
YLAup
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5479 posts since 5/9/11

4 Aug 2017 20:18
Shalom
morgan
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1018 posts since 22/2/11

4 Aug 2017 21:40
Tel Aviv is fucking great.
Great nightlife, great beach.

Friday night down Jaffa when everywhere else is quiet.

Jerusalem and Dead Sea not far away for some day trips.
illwill
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4057 posts since 17/5/04

4 Aug 2017 22:12
Best places to stay? AirBnB?
morgan
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1018 posts since 22/2/11

4 Aug 2017 22:30
Yeah. Stay near Carmel Market.
There is some amazing apartments of you have some cash to spend.
illwill
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4057 posts since 17/5/04

5 Aug 2017 08:46
Nice one. Is it expensive in general?
smith
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10974 posts since 5/5/04

5 Aug 2017 09:19
morgan wrote: Tel Aviv is fucking great.
Great nightlife, great beach.

Friday night down Jaffa when everywhere else is quiet.

Jerusalem and Dead Sea not far away for some day trips.

Agreed. Awesome place but of course shit one if you do get caught up in a terrorist attack. Same can be said for London right now though.
morgan
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1018 posts since 22/2/11

5 Aug 2017 10:09
I wouldn't say it's any more expensive than Manchester.
It's not cheap by any means, but it's not scandi prices.

Just be prepared for some odd experiences.
Going through security is like nothing you'll ever see.
It's not even easy getting out.

Some people treat you like shit. Orthodox Jews can be very racist and rude.
There's a lot of cool kids and liberals though and you'll get a mostly good welcome.

Go to the Dead Sea. It's a blast. You just can't stand up. It's like being a weeble. The strangest feeling.
fudge.dredd
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1427 posts since 15/12/12

5 Aug 2017 20:46
I've been to Israel twice last year and once this year.

Tel Aviv is great… would recommend…. I was staying by the US Embassy, some great classy hotels around there.

Food is fantastic, as are the people. One of the best places I've ever been.
andymakesglasses
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20435 posts since 26/1/06

7 Aug 2017 09:08
Any recommendations for Puglia? Places to see, things to do, etc.
Bails78
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690 posts since 6/1/08

7 Aug 2017 09:27
Would any of you recommend Tel-Aviv to a Brother? I heard the racism out in Israel is quite real. But that's hearsay, so would like to get an opinion of peeps that have actually been there.
morgan
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1018 posts since 22/2/11

7 Aug 2017 12:04
As far as I'm concerned they're just racist to non-Jews.
It's just a culture thing probably left over from the holocaust.

I doubt a black guy would get it any worse than anyone else.
Bare in mind it's a small minority and it won't be any worse than other place.
It was just strange for me to feel white on white racism.
Some places won't even put your change in your hand. They just pop it on the counter as to not touch you. Really blatant but you have to take it with a pinch of salt (kosher of course)

You'll be welcomed most places warmly. The younger generation are cool and it's really cosmopolitan.

I highly recommend you go. I'd be surprised if you got any shit at all.
Steer clear of the long sideburns and you'll be fine. Those fuckers are really hardcore.
illwill
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4057 posts since 17/5/04

7 Aug 2017 12:13
Believing that you're the chosen people gives you a bit of a superiority complex.