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Middle East » Israel October 16th 1984

We had one day we could ditch the tour group and do our own thing. We were in downtown Jerusalem! What an experience. I do recall walking, and walking and walking, til finally, we decided to take a bus to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. I asked my friend if the busses took American dollars, he didn't know, so I asked a woman reading a newspaper on a bench. She didn't miss a lick... without hardly putting down her paper, she asked me, 'do American busses take Shekels?" You should have seen the egg dripping from my face... Then we went to 'Old Town'. Went through the Arab markets, bought some good bread to eat. Don't remember the name of it. We found the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, paid the fare, and went in. Incredible. ... read more

Middle East » Israel October 15th 1984

Back in 1984 (sounds sort of 'Orwellian, ehhhh ??) I had a chance to go to Israel, on a 'promo' tour. My buddy Steve and I went, for only $500.00 each. That included flight from LAX, hotels, tour, transportation, and one meal a day. A 7 day tour. I don't usually take the 'organized tour trips, but I couldn't pass this one up. So to the Holy Land we went. Mostly I felt like I was 'just along for the ride', and the last thing I wanted to do was be stereotyped as a 'pillsbury doughboy christian'. But I did it anyway. Thankfully, the tour guide didn't make us all wear orange hats. sheeze. Now don't get me wrong... I have pretty well sorted out my thoughts about God, and the trip was well worth the ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District December 22nd 1982

22 December 1982 Wednesday. We took a tour with a couple dozen others to the Holy Land for Christmas. We flew EL Al from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv. The security was very tight. A bus took us from the terminal to the plane that was parked at a remote corner of the parking apron. We identified our luggage before we boarded the plane. Otherwise, it was an uneventful flight. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv and after checking through customs and immigration, our tour bus took us to the Hilton in Jerusalem, where we had dinner and an introduction to the Holy land. 23 December 1982 Thursday. We took a walking tour of Old Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate, along the Via de la Rosa with its Stations of the Cross where Christ walked to his crucifixion, ... read more
Bob and Linda on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount and old Jerusalem
Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemene
Garden of Gethsemene with 2000 yr old olive trees

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