— More from Jerusalem —
April 11, 2010 – As I review the photos I took
in Israel last month I find myself wishing we could return to spend more time
exploring the country. Perhaps some of you will have the opportunity to venture/adventure
to the Holy Land yourselves. Start in Jerusalem, as we did, and you will not
be disappointed. It's just the beginning.
On our last day in Jerusalem we went up to the Mount
of Olives for a panoramic view of the city.
This man let me smooch his camel. Luckily it was a very tame camel. No spitting.
Visiting the enormous food market in Jerusalem.
We're now in the seafood section.
These are my new fishy friends, mugging for the
camera. A jolly threesome.
A spice monger, with his huge mounds of paprika
of many halvah stands, not my
More spices and what-not
Yummy, garlic season has just begun.
of loose tea, with many variations and blends
Huge slabs of beef inside a truck
These carcasses still had their furry tails, which seemed rather odd.
Am not sure what they were.
the meat section, I prefer to be elsewhere.
quantities of fresh
vegetables were available throughout the market.
– outside – a board game was underway. What is it?
Seldom did we see women playing. This gal attracted many observers.
at the Mount of Olives, we're overlooking the sprawling Hebrew cemetery
which covers the entire western and much of the southern slope of the ridge.
In the distance we can
see the wall surrounding Old Jerusalem.
closer look at the tombstones. Visitors often place small stones on them as
a sign of respect.
A scene as we walked down from the Mount of Olives
was an unusual way to display merchandise to the visiting pilgrims and tourists.
A new friend...
the on the foothills of the Mount of Olives we had a nice view of the Roman Catholic
Church of All Nations, also known as the Basilica of the Agony, next to the Garden
Unfortunately both venues were closed to visitors that day.
of the Agony enshrines a section of bedrock believed to be the place
prayed alone in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of his arrest.
Behind the basilica
we see the guilded domes of the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene.
is the unassuming entrance to an impressive underground rock-cut cave
to enshrine the tomb of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Partway down the ancient staircase, looking upward to the outside
Farther down... it's deep and dark with many lanterns.
At the bottom, within the church
An alter near Mary's tomb
A closer look
A Greek-orthodox altar
Partial view of the main alter
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