Rebecca Ferrebee-Wilson

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Rebecca Ferrebee-Wilson

Retired teacher with a love of travel and a photobug to boot!



Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome April 21st 2019

Yesterday was a tough day. We had to be at the airport at 7:00 am. Gatwick was an hour taxi ride from our Balmoral House Hotel. Our friend Flavio transportation for us at 5:30 am so we were up at 4:15 getting ready. Shealyn is NOT a morning person, AT ALL! So this was not a favorite morning for her. We were sad to say good bye to our home for 4 days, especially when we could smell the breakfast wafting upstairs and knew what we were missing. Security was easy to get through, though the sparkles on Shealyn's shirt got her pulled aside. It was interesting that Easy Jet is so automated that you put your ticket in a scanner and it printed all your luggage tags which you attached the yourself. Once the important ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 19th 2019

So, there was no blog last night because we had a very early flight out Friday morning and had to pack! Its amazing how several little things have a tendency to crowd an overcrowded suitcase. We managed, made it to the airport, caught our flight and are now in Rome. We really hated to leave the Balmoral House Hotel because we loved it so much. We especially loved Flavio, our young Italian who checked us in, made taxi arrangements for us, gave us great travel advice (for both London and Rome). I really think he hated to see us go! So Friday was a big day. We wanted to go to the changing of the guard. We got up early, had another wonderful breakfast at the hotel. This time beans were served with the eggs, ham ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 18th 2019

We really love our hotel!! Today started out with an unbelievable breakfast at our hotel which was included in the price. It was a typical English breakfast.....two eggs, ham, toast, Chocolate croissants, outstanding coffee and hot chocolate. Can't wait to have it again tomorrow! The staff here is so friendly. The young man who checked us in is available at all times and has taken a liking to all of us. His name is Flavio. He is Italian but lives here in London. He has given us great advice on places to visit, places to eat and how to move around the city. Following breakfast we headed out to be picked up by our BIg Bus Tour Bus which is just a block from our hotel. We drove through Sussex Gardens (right near our hotel) and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 17th 2019

Today seems so very long. We boarded our plane and took off at 7:30 last night. Dinner was served at 9:30 and then we tried to sleep. I really don't sleep well on a plane. I cover my eyes, use noise cancelling headphones and still just don't sleep. I did get about 3 hours of sleep. Because of the time change breakfast was served at about 2:00 am (7:00 am in London). This threw us off just a little. We landed at 8:30 (London time) which was 3:30 West Virginia time There's a 5 hour time difference. We were happy to get off the plane and walk a little. We walked right to customs and stood in line for the next two hours. It was so easy to get from the airport to our hotel. We ... read more
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North America » United States » West Virginia April 16th 2019

This trip officially started last night when we left for the airport. It was a comedy of errors! The meeting point was St. Marys and we were all late. After going through the final touches of what we needed to take or leave (purses, cords & cables, snacks, etc.) we were loaded and on our way...so we thought. I realized I forgot my folder with all our boarding passes, reservations, etc at home. God bless my Chrissy for running those down to Friendly for us. Next, Marsha couldn’t find her passport...another stop. Once we made it just above Clarington, OH, I realized I forgot our theater tickets!! Another call home and brother Jamie agreed to meet us at New Martinsville to bring the tickets and have dinner with us. At last we were on our way....again!! ... read more
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North America » United States » West Virginia April 8th 2019

So.....in one week our journey begins. Shealyn, Marsha, and I will fly from Pittsburgh to JFK and then on to London! Right now we are packing, re packing, and trying to get everything in place for this trip. Can't wait!... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 21st 2018

Today has been a laid back sort of day. We went to the Israeli Museum where we got to see a small portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as many other artifacts. The bulk of the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept in Jerusalem but are not out for the public viewing. The Israeli Antiquities Council provides the care and safety. The museum also has a model of ancient Jerusalem and the temple. It is very interesting to see the places we have visited and to see just how Jerusalem looked in Biblical times. When we left this museum we went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum of Israel. I had been there before but it is so full of information that one visit would not be enough to see everything. Actually two visits isn't ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 20th 2018

Today we visited the birthplace of John The Baptist at Ein Karem. The family actually had two houses - one in the valley and one on the high hill where they spent the summers to escape the heat. It is believed that Mary (mother of Jesus) visited Elizabeth at the one in the hills. John The Baptist is believed to have been born in the house in the valley. John the Baptist was one of the babies that should have been killed when Herod ordered all the boys under the age of two to be put to death, however hie was hidden and saved. The church built on the site of the winter home is one of the most beautiful church I've seen. It is filled with beautiful ceramic tile from floor to ceiling. The pictures ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 19th 2018

Wow! We had a busy day today! following breakfast we boarded the bus for the Mount of Olives where we had a group picture taken. Then we walked down the road that Jesus took into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We stopped first at the Church Dominus Flevit (The Lord Wept). "As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes." Luke 19:41-42. The chapel was constructed in the form of a teardrop in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church. It overlooks the Eastern Wall of Jerusalem and the Golden Gate through which the Messiah will appear at the end of time. Surrounding the Eastern Gate are ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Nablus February 18th 2018

Today was a moving day - that is moving from one hotel to another. On those days we pack up our suitcases, put them out in the hall on our way to breakfast, identify our luggage before we board the bus to make sure it gets loaded. This was a long day of travel from one part of Israel to another, so we spent a lot of time on the bus. We started the day at nearby Yardenit, a baptismal site on the upper Jordan River. Several people wanted to reaffirm their baptism, some by immersion and others by pouring. It was a bit cold in the water but it was a wonderful way to start the day and to celebrate the reaffirmation of baptism. We then took a long bus ride to Jacob's Well in ... read more
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