Tuesday, May 6 - Masada & Bethlehem
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Some call this traveling light (and all the bags are not there) -- at the Dead Sea
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Masada
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Masada - the journey begins. What is missing?
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Masada
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Masada
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Masada
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Masada -- what is missing? SHADOWS. There was a lovely cloud cover keeping temps down.
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A model of the northern section of Masada
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Masada - in the restored storage chamber
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Masada
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Masada
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Masada
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Masada - gazing off the northern edge
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Masada - down to the palaces
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Masada
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Masada - palace
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Masada - view to the north
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Masada - northern section
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Masada
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Masada -- this guy loves every inch of this place
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Masada - synagogue built the Zealots. So, a REAL first century synagogue.
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Masada - looking at the Roman seige ramp.
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Masada
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Masada
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Masada
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Masada - it gets to the best of us.
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Masada
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On top of.....Masada
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Getting ready to descend down from Masada
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Cable Car action.
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Entrance to Masada
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Qumron.
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Ibex. at Masada
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Andre tries to feed the ibex.
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Feeding becomes successful.
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Herodium. Model of the top
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Herodium.
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Herodium.
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Herodium. - inside
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Herodium.
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Herodium. Synagogue.
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Herodium.
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Herodium. - ready to make a descent thru the escape routes and water system.
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Herodium. tunnel
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Herodium. water cistern
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Herodium water cistern.
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Herodium outside Herod's tomb
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Herodium outside Herod's tomb
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Herodium - toward Jerusalem.
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Herodium - model of Herod's tomb
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Shepherd's Field
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Shepherd's Field
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Shepherd's Field
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Shepherd's Field
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - cave.
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Shepherd's Field - view
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Shepherd's Field - view
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Olivewood Shopping - Bethlehem
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Abbas....but more than that will await translation when I get home.
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Olivewood store (owned by the grandson of the antiquities dealer who bought the Dead Sea Scrolls).
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Bethlehem - old city.
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Bethlehem
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Bethlehem (see Santa?)
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Bethlehem
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Bethlehem (it's an interesting door).
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Bethlehem (it's an interesting street)
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Manger Square
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Manger Square (from the other side)
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Church of the Nativity (remodel under way)
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Church of the Nativity - remodel.
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Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity
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Heading down to see where Jerome lived.
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Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity
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Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity
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Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity
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Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity
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Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity
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Aremenian Church of the Nativity
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Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity
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Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity
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Bethlehem
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Only in....Bethlehem.
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Bethlehem...where else?
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Our hotel inside the walls of the Old City, near the Jaffa Gate.
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Hotel lobby
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MIcroscopic elevator (there are three)
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First night tradition continues -- to the Western Wall
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