Monday, May 3, 2010

iTour: Israel 5/2: Jerusalem

in the arab quarter, Jerusalem

Pretty good day. Had an early trip to Jerusalem, saw the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, drove next to the 'Valley of Death' but didn't have time to walk down there. Wailing Wall ... several interesting old churches, a few stations of the cross, and the Church of the Sepulchre, containing the slab Christ was (maybe?) buried on and is over the spot he was nailed to and then crucified. Heavy stuff. One cool old church was a greek orthodox church underground, begun in an old cave ...

Luckily we had time for a trip over to the Iraqi Market, stopping in the old Roman Market along the way. In the Iraqi market we got a great meal of Hummus with Meat, Eggplant Moussaka (with meat), some sort of rice dish with carmelized onions and some kind of soup with dumplings.

After the trip, graciously led by Yoav's sister Judy and her son Asif, I drove us home in the rental car. Yeah, I don't know how legal it was, but I drove through downtown Jerusalem, the West Bank and back to Tel Aviv while Judy navigated.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

iTour: Israel 5/1

A few pics:
the view from the top of Masada

Our theater in Jerusalem:

Bettie and James and the Elvis mug

Dome of the Rock (supposed site of the ascension of Muhammad) built over the old jewish Temple built by Herod.Getting ready for the show in Jerusalem: