30Jun

Home Away from Home

When we started planning our recent trip to Israel, we thought about all of our accommodation requirements and needs.  Since we were visiting family and friends in Israel, we wanted a different experience.  We wanted to live like locals and really immerse ourselves in the culture, rather than be outsiders looking in.

Often, that’s how I feel when I stay at a hotel.  You are truly a visitor in a city.  As you pass though the lobby with bell hops and desk attendants at your beck and call, you are constantly reminded.

We had a town in mind.  My brother-in-law lives in Raanana.  It’s known as the city in Israel where all the Anglos settle, and the majority of its residents are English-speaking, deriving primarily from South Africa, England, Canada, and America.  It’s a lovely town, just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv.  It also has a great downtown high street, gorgeous parks, gardens and cultural programs.  It’s full of good restaurants.

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