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Apr 28, 2014 - A Number of Tasteless Memorials

We were up really early this morning to enable us to be in line for entry to the area of the Golden Dome which is a mosque constructed on the top of Mount Moriah, the scene of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. We had a quick breakfast and set off in the bus which dropped us off near the site. There was a large queue which we were told would be much longer as the day progressed. The hold up was security which was similar to that at airports. Once we reached the security check after about an hour, our guide, Joshua, got us through quite quickly,...

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Iceland to Israel

Apr 27, 2014 - Jericho to Jerusalem

Well, the tour itinerary seems to be somewhat elastic, not to say confused as the day progresses, but I am getting ahead of myself, except that you should ignore the final sentence of last night's post. We were up early again and had our breakfast and on the bus by 8:30 a.m. We drove to a diamond centre in Tibereas which was closed. Last night no one had seemed enthusiastic about it, so it was no loss, except we wasted half an hour driving through narrow streets to get there and then extricate ourselves. We headed south along Lake Galilee,...

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Iceland to Israel

Mar 24, 2014 - Jerusalem Old City

A few choices to make today, but all-in-all a wonderful day, primarily in the Old City. We began at Mt Zion, where we visited the Upper Room where Jesus had the last supper. It was just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Afterwards, we walked a short distance to the place where Peter denied Jesus. Nearby was the actual place where Jesus walked, one of the few “actual” places on our Pilgrimage. Scripture tells us that after the Last Supper “Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Jerusalem - Mt of Olives - Bethlehem

We spent the entire day in the vicinity of our hotel in Jerusalem. We began by going to the top of the Mount of Olives. That is where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-12). This spot, like all the others we've seen commemorating an event in Jesus' life, has a church built on top of it. The churches are usually Greek Orthodox or Roman Catholic, and sometimes both. At each site, there are hundreds of locals selling souvenirs, post cards, books, crosses, etc. Our guide, Sam, will usually tell us who we should deal with, what is genuine, and...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Bet She'an - Jordan River - Jericho - Bethany - Jerusalem

Lots of bus riding today, but some noteworthy stops. Our first stop was at Bet She'an, about an hour south of the Sea of Galilee. This is an archeological site that was accidentally discovered in the mid-1980s, and has been partially excavated to what you see in the accompanying pictures. Fantastic place! The Biblical reference is 1 Samuel 31:8-13. We'll let you who are reading this check out the gory details! We then drove another hour south to the probable site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. (Matthew...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Jerusalem

"Next year in Jerusalem." Why wait? Jerusalem was the first of many World Heritage Sites we planned to visit and one of the musts of my travel aspirations. Jerusalem is layer upon layer of time, culture, religion, expectation, dream and stone. Sorting it all out is beyond me. We sent the better part of a week roaming its four quarters (Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish) from Jaffa Gate to Temple Mount. We jostled with tour groups in the Holy Sepulcher, walked the Via Dolorosa, lunched on hummus and falafel deep in the souks, observed...

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Dec 9, 2013 - Latrun Armored Corps

Some quick pictures of our last security fieldtrip. We stopped at the armor corps in Latrun which was a major battle site in the 1948 War of Independence. The Israeli's failed 3 times to capture Latrun but eventually took it after the 1967 Six Day War. We posed for a class photo with us standing on the top of the Israeli Merkava Mk IV main battle tank. I naturally straddled the barrel and began reciting quotes from the WWII movie "Patton". Our guide, an Israeli Brigadier General, then started making various sexual references to my position...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Nov 1 Jerusalem

Nov 1. Ashod Port and Jerusaleum (This significant day was written up by Liz, not Snowflake) • The Port of Ashod was very smoggy/hazy. It is an industrial port and also has oil refineries. There were row upon row of white import cars awaiting entry into Europe from the East. (When Ron was in Africa, we learned that white is the base colour for cars; other colours are added later.) • It took our tour bus one hour to travel from Ashod to Jerusalem. We saw how very dry the land is naturally; irrigation is highly visible and successful. Olive...

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Oct 31, 2013 - At Sea, Marmaris to Ashod

At Sea: Marmaris, Turkey to Ashod, Israel , October 31 • Grammar, Myrna and I went to a yogi [Yoga] class this morning with a beautiful young Chilean woman. This was a first for Myrna. It was very slow and Grammar cannot do any of the leaning-on-the-ground stuff. But she did what she could leaning on a chair against the wall and the stretching was good. • Grammar and I walked around the Promenade deck. We did about four laps of the ship before we noticed a sign telling us which way to go. We just thought everyone else was going in the wrong...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Our First Day In The Old City of Jerusalem

Our first day in Jerusalem. was a whirl wind tour of the Old City. We woke to the bright and early sounds of the city happenings. We head out on foot for a fifteen minute walk to meet our guide Johnathan Duitch just outside The Old City’s, Jaffa Gate. Standing there Johnathan tells us how visitors of yesteryear entered the city and how they dealt with un-welcomed or up to no good guests coming through the gate (think Midevil solutions). He points out the remnants of the first and second city walls. According to the Bible, before King...

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Oct 6, 2013 - We Arrive In Jerusalem

Goosebumps.... Are we really here in the Holy Land? We flew through the night from Miami to Paris and into Tel Aviv. Each of us has a unique response landing on this soil. For Jerry it's a true home coming full of joy; this land has been calling his name for a while now and he has arrived! Sydny was overwhelmed with the emotions of recognition, re-connection. For her landing on this soil is a returning. Our young cousin Robert was also overwhelmed and says he felt the connection of coming back. I was in awe with the knowing that we were all...

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Jul 3, 2013 - JP and other friends

Breakfast with Lizzy at NOLA – no beignets ☹ This New Orleans/American breakfast joint in open 24/7 (but not on Yom Kippur) and, as with many things American, is quite the rage. Benedict's, where we had breakfast last week with Margo, is another in this line of "let's bring the USA to Israel" things. That is actually a pretty common attitude culturally all over the world. Take something (anything) from the USA and transplant it locally. The American cachet will ensure the aura of chic and hip. Even when the local transplant makes no sense...

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