Should you go to a country if you oppose their regime?

El Al’s entry into the Irish market with three flights a week from Dublin to Tel Aviv has unleashed a torrent of invective from the twiterrati.

I’ve heard similar moral standpoints from friends who refuse to visit Trump’s America.

And say that they won’t give ‘a dollar to that man.’

And, of course, standing on your principles is almost always something to be praised.

I try to take a view that I don’t define a people or a country by its leaders.

The rope that divides: The Israel side of the River Jordan

That it’s the people and the country I want to see and that when I get there I will make up my own mind from what they say to me.

And, of course, Israel being the one place in the world I definitely want to visit, I will reserve judgment until I go.

The flights which will begin on 26 May will operate on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to Dusseldorf on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Israel’s history. Photo by Mauricio Artieda on Pexels.com

The Holy Land is never far from my Travel thoughts and that was ignited among my Marian Pilgrimages tour http://www.marian.ie to Medjugorje this week.

I found Dublin to Tel Aviv from €377.56, departing May 26 and returning on June 2. Visit https://fly.elal.co.il/plnext/ELALonlinebooking/Override.action.

Now I’ve seen Israel from 50 metres away from the Jordan side of the River Jordan… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/petra-jordan-jesus-and-the-sands-of-time/

And now I want to see it first hand.

Christmas Hamburgers

Bedding into Hamburg

It’s only 61 sleeps until Christmas and our airlines are already counting down… maybe their dedicated staff will get some much needed time off.

Lord knows, they have some difficult customers to deal with with difficult accents.

I’m thinking about the bearded Bandana-wearing Scot who asked for a tea and shortbread from his Aer Lingus air hostess.

Which came out to Irish ears as hot chocolate.

It was all resolved with a smile.

Hamburg’s canals

Aer Lingus have a range of destinations and deals for Christmas.

First up on their list which escalates in price is Hamburg from €35.99, a city myself and The Scary One love…. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/04/29/ich-bin-ein-hamburger/.

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/09/the-beatles-in-hamburg-with-stefanie-hempel/.

Nice and easy does it

Nice one. Photo by Pierre Blaché on Pexels.com

It’s often the trips you’;re supposed to do but don’t for any number of reasons that get under your skin.

Dubrovnik where I had set out for but had to turn back on after just ten minutes on the coach for want of a passport is one of them.

Nice is another. Everything was in train for a visit there six months after the atrocity but it was cancelled.

I have been waiting for an opportunity since to right that.

And with Ryanair’s Warm Up Your Winter Flights from €17.99 for travel in November I have it.

Nice is from €18.99. Visit http://www.ryanair.com.

And if you like the French Riviera here is a little further taster… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-boat-dazur/

MEET YOU IN THE SKIES

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