Thursday in and Around Jerusalem
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The beginning of a blustery, rainy (off and on), very chilly day in Jerusalem. And, boy, was it wonderful!
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In through the Dung Gate to the Western Wall Tunnels.
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First glimpse across the archeological gardens to the Mount of Olives.
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Looking back out at the Western Wall Plaza before the descent underground.
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Proof that I made it all the way through the Tunnels this year. This was taken with MY camera and MY finger!
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The Western Wall (if you didn't know that -- you need to be here with us!)
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Stones cast from the Temple Mount by the Romans in AD 70.
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Remnants of Robinson's Arch -- a huge bridge connecting the city to the Temple Mount.
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See the Hebrew in this replica of what was found here during excavations.
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On the Temple Steps, where Jesus taught and walked. For sure.
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St. Peter in Gallicantu -- where Jesus was imprisoned in the house of Caiphus the night before his crucifixion.
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The shaft down to the prison.
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Path from Mt. Zion to Gethsemane.
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Church of the Dormition on Mt. Zion (we did not go inside).
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In the "Upper Room"
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Lunch in the Jewish Quarter. Lovely -- and WARM!!!!
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On the Temple Mount (after a 45 min wait in line...at least!). Good thing we all like each other!
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Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity -- from Manger Square.
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One highlight of Bethlehem. A special request stop!
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The Israeli wall from inside the Palestinian controlled Bethlehem in the West Bank.
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Our olive wood shopping stop -- just next to the Israeli wall built (for security) in 2002.
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A couple of our clerks while shopping. They were very patient!
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