|The second half of our tour of Israel was based in the ancient city of Jerusalem. Within its walls, the Old City is divided into four quarters, for the Jews, Muslims, Christians and Armenians. The history of Jerusalem stretches back 3,000 years, to when the city was the capital of ancient Israel under the rule of King David and his son Solomon.
We also happened to be here during the annual Purim festival, which is sort of a combination of Halloween and Mardi Gras, so that was a lot of fun. Only in Israel will you go out to a bar, and there will be guys with huge machine guns chatting with people from five different countries, and someone else dressed as the Easter bunny!
Besides exploring Jerusalem, we were also able to venture outside the city to see Bethlehem, Hebron, and a Jewish community across the green line in the West Bank. Finally we ventured south to the Masada archeological site, and to float in the Dead Sea, which is the place with the lowest elevation on the earth.