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  1. I love Katz's, but it's not Kosher, and that may be an issue for the OP's friend.
  2. Take a look at Ben's Kosher Deli at 209 W 38th Street. Salt Beef seems to be an English term for what we call Corned Beef, yes?
  3. There is also a TV series based on the Donna Leon books. It's in German, but has English subtitles.
  4. When I was in Puerto Plata for a week it was for sale everywhere. I found it pretty awful, but to each his or her own....
  5. Italiarail is a 3rd party booker like Rail Europe. Their prices will usually be higher than booking direct on either the Trenitalia or Italo Treno websites.
  6. Sea glass jewelry. Clear Christmas ornaments with pink sand. Gosling's Rum. The usual: T-shirts. Perfume. Rum cakes.
  7. This is not always true. Some friends in Santa Barbara, CA were on their small sailboat when the 1978 earthquake hit off the coast of Goleta, and they felt the shock wave through the water, but thought they had hit a whale (not uncommon, they told me). We certainly felt it on land. I don't know if you would feel anything on a cruise ship. however.
  8. You have it exactly backwards: https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-bay-scallops-and-sea-scallops-230349
  9. Langoustine

    Taxi or tour

    That's a long trip, and it takes about three hours each way. Renting a car is probably your best bet, but taking a tour might be safer. It's much closer from Montego Bay.
  10. As others have written, you really need to book this trip later in November. For instance, this year the market in Bad Kreuznach, where I lived for two years, will not open until the 23rd. The market in Rudesheim, which is actually on the Rhine (BK is not), does not open until the 21st, Frankfurt on the 25th, and so on.
  11. AND how much do you want to pay? The George V is a great hotel if price is no problem.
  12. Here is another definition: "A chest of drawers or chiffonier of a decorative type popular in the 18th century Master cabinetmakers fashioned a low chest of drawers, which differed from the bureau commode, or large table with drawers, that was crafted in the baroque period.
  13. Very few, and they're pretty awful.
  14. My experience has been that the only way to see the five towns without overwhelming crowds is to stay there overnight. The same thing is also true of Venice now.
  15. There has recently been a change at Le Jules Verne (and the other restaurants at the tower): https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/18/eiffel-tower-restaurant-to-reopen-after-collision-of-kitchen-egos-le-jules-verne-frederic-anton-alain-ducasse
  16. This is from the HAL website: For the comfort of all of our guests, all staterooms (cabins), showrooms and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. No smoking of any kind will be permitted on any stateroom verandah. The designated smoking areas for all ships are as follows unless otherwise noted: Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side only. On Prinsendam, Koningsdam, and Nieuw Statendam, smoking is allowed on the port side only Sun Bar on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side on Maasdam, Veendam, Volendam, Zaandam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam Oak Room on Noordam only, including cigar and pipe smoking Onboard Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam the casinos are non-smoking. Onboard all other Holland America Line ships, smoking is allowed in the casinos except for non-smoking days. Cigar and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the ship; it is only permitted on the outside decks where smoking is otherwise allowed. Electronic cigarettes are permitted in staterooms and suites but not on verandahs or in other public areas of the ship other than designated smoking areas. Any guest who smokes inside staterooms or on verandahs in violation of our policy will be charged a US$250 cleaning fee per day of violation and will risk being removed from the ship for repeated violations.
  17. I like Antico Martini near the La Fenice Opera House. If you really want to knock their socks off, hire a water taxi to take you to Locanda Cipriani on Torcello.
  18. Schonbrunn is amazing, not to be missed.
  19. FWIW, a Catholic service is held in my apartment building in NYC for those unable to attend mass because of illness or other reasons on the first FRIDAY of the month, so Sunday seems beside the point even to the church.
  20. I can pretty much guarantee you that Fairway does NOT sell real wine (for that in NYC, you have to have a separate space with a separate entrance); they will have a small selection of what I mentioned above, "wine product": https://vinepair.com/articles/what-the-heck-is-wine-product/
  21. Bear in mind that in NYC you cannot buy wine in most supermarkets; they will have what bis called a "wine product," which I find pretty awful. Also, you cannot buy beer in wine & liquor stores.
  22. I suspect because they have greater leverage with management when there are more riders to be inconvenienced.
  23. Having read the story, I think there's no chance of any cruise line applying for such a license, and no chance it would be granted. Make other plans.
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