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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 27th 2017

This morning, The Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a large sculpture garden (I have a confession – I have a sculpture fetish). We needed to take a bus across town. The bus system in Jerusalem is complicated; there are separate Jewish and Arab buses. We set off up the hill to the nearest Jewish bus stop. We thought we’d located it; a sign and a bench and some bins (quite a lot of bins with hindsight), but the bus sped past and stopped 100m further up the road. We were sitting at a recycling centre. Second time lucky, we caught the bus to the museum. Upon arrival we discovered an added bonus; an exhibition by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Each piece was accompanied by a detailed description of the thought process ... read more
Ai Weiwei - Sunflower Seeds
Henry Moore - Vertebrae (2)
Shrine of the Book and Ai Weiwei - Iron Tree

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 26th 2017

Yesterday Christianity - today Islam and Judaism. We started with Temple Mount, location of the Al Aqsa Mosque, where Mohammed ascended to heaven, and the Dome of the Rock. The queue was massive, and entry was complicated by the fact that the old man was carrying contraband (a tablet) but we made it in eventually. The Dome of the Rock was spectacular in the morning sun, as was the and the view across Jerusalem. But there wasn’t much else to do, as non-Muslims aren’t allowed in any of the buildings, so we descended. At the bottom, The Western Wall, remnant of the original temple in Jerusalem. Again, we had to enter separately. The Ladies’ section was quiet and demure. It was a lot more lively the other side of the fence, where there appeared to be ... read more
Western Wall
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Art loving cat

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 25th 2017

Following an excellent breakfast at the hotel (much to our surprise) it was time to explore Old Jerusalem, a city which just oozes history. We entered through Damascus Gate, part police checkpoint, part time warp. Fact: pilgrims are mental. I’m not sure if they start off this way or some sort of mass hysteria takes over, but it adds an extra element of entertainment to a trip to the Holy Land. First stop, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Jesus was crucified. Inside the door, the Stone of Anointing, where Jesus was prepared for burial. The stone dates from 1810, so a leap of faith is required, but there was a scrum of people desperate to kiss it and rub it with an oily rag to extract some stone juice (hence ... read more
Church of the Holy Sepulchre Stone of the Anointing
The Citadel
Diorama

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 24th 2017

The flight to Ben Gurion was uneventful, despite the Cadburys special offers in Duty Free, meaning a plane full of people armed with 'Fruit and Nut'. We arrived at the airport and tried to follow signs to the Jerusalem bus without success. We gave up and took a Sherut (shared taxi). Our fellow travellers included a family who lived not particularly on the way to Jerusalem, but we made it eventually, but a somewhat circuitous route. We were dropped at the Metropole Hotel, which was unfortunate, as we were staying at the New Metropole. Luckily it was only a few doors away from our hotel, and we traipsed up the hill and checked in. Our hotel was in the predominantly Arab East Jerusalem. It had seen better days. The biggest issue was the leak from the ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 21st 2017

Hello all you folks who have been our guests on this trip. We started this way back on Aug. 2nd, now it is Oct 22. This will be my last blog ☺😂😆😤😲😩😥 lots of miles, tense moments, exciting adventures, beautiful vistas and lifetime lasting memories. In a blog like this we cannot begin to tell you how this trip has produced In us insights of a world so different to the one we live in. In one short sentence I would say. America has her problems but Europe and Israel is not where you want to drive in your tent stakes! Climbing off my soap box. Today we went to the Garden Tomb (one of the highlights of this trip) Then through the Damascus Gate. Worked our way through the innards of the city to come ... read more
The opening to the tomb is small
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another photo in the Garden Tomb area

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 20th 2017

Day 2 in Jerusalem Today we took a taxi up to the Mount of Olives. It would have been a real chore to have to have gone through the old city down into the Kids on Valley and up to the Mount of Olives. Church of the Ascenion. Big view of the old city. Walking down all of the views, seeing all of the cemeteries. Down to The Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Then climbing back up to the Lions Gate and up the Via Doloroso. We Also went to the Church of the Holy Speulcher. Let's admit it. We are really tired. There are so many tunnel like streets. Loads of steps, vendors and bazars. Tomorrow is our last day in Jerusalem. Hope to go to Mount Zion which is also ... read more
Temple Mount
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Above ground cripts   Lots of them.

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 19th 2017

Hello blog readers, We are in Jerusalem, but getting here was interesting. We finally were able to bring our rental back. Yeaaaah😂😂 This morning we entered through the Jaffa Gate. into a world we could hardly imagine. You can see all the pictures read all the travel books but until you enter this city you will not conceive of its rareness ( my new word) So first we made our way to the Western Wall. I could go to the wall in a different area as a man. Gloria to another area of the wall as a woman. I took photos actually got up to the wall, put my hand on it and asked our God to send Jesus QUICKLY. The pictures I send will show things going on and how excited the Jews are Next ... read more
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Typical
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 7th 2017

It was different from the very beginning - extra boarding security, and justifiably so, at the El Al Airline counter in Toronto as we waited to board for an almost eleven-hour flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. We must have been two of very few non-Jewish passengers on board and our flight was excellent, with attentive service from the flight attendants. We got our first surprise just as we began our descent into Israeli airspace when the young male flight attendant asked "Do you know that you will arrive at a very special time for Israel and that everything will be closed?" In ignorance, we both showed surprise and inquired as to why. We had no idea when we selected our date of arrival that we would land at the time of Yom Kippur, the Day of ... read more
Walking through the Arab section
On the way to the synagogue on Yom Kippur.
Respectfully wearing the Kippah at the synagogue.

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem September 21st 2017

shana-tova , means have a good new year last night was the bringing in of the jewish new year but it is not celebrated as in the western countries like australia with fireworks and reveling it is celebrated by eating sweet foods to symbolise a sweet year ahead and by many prayers asking for forgiveness it is considered a time of judgment and atonement for sins to begin a new year in 10 days is the yom kippur day of attonement so many spend the next 10 cays preparing as yom kippur is also the day they expect the messiah to come. if he does come this year we will see you all at sinai , until he comes shana-tova today we were going to go on the temple mount but it is closed so we ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem September 19th 2017

I wasnt going to do a blog this time but im at dubai for 9hrs and had time to find my old blog and start a new one not sure how much I will do but we will see we are currently resting at the marhaba lounge cost 53 american but you get unlimited food and drink and comfortable couches and even some reclining lounges so we can sleep a bit after 12 hr flight... read more
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