Jerusalem Gardens Hotel & Spa
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... time of praise (Pics 16-18).
Finally, we walked to the Pools of Bethesda, and saw the beautiful St Anne's church. We sang in the church, the acoustics are AMAZING, and we also discovered our guide Gilla has an amazing voice (Pics 19-21).
Thus ended our last day of touring. We may hit one or two more sites we didn't have time for during our free time tomorrow, so there may be one more entry... but in case there isn't, thank you all ...
... I think Andrew started to panic, he was a little pale in the face, and his voice shook a bit when he stuttered "I haven't got my passport".... but I do have a hat with Aussie on it. You could imagine when this security guy swung his AK37 black gun in Andrews direction... what could have happened. I immediately thought of poor Jude, back at our apartment.... Was that the last time she would see her Adventurous Andy?
I had to do something, I couldn't just sit there ...
... on the city. After that, we went to dinner. It was a buffet and as often happens with "included" tour dinners, it was okay but not spectacular, so I won't do my usual report on that.
The final event of the day was the compline service. I love compline; it is brief and quiet and a beautiful end to a day. We have no clergy on this trip, but two of us have lay pastoral / liturgical training and have agreed to ...
... we departed for our next site.
Our next stop was the City of David, a location of ancient ruins just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem. There, we learned about the complex character of King David and the ancient history of Jerusalem and Israel. We then explored Hezekiah's water tunnels, a water system that dates back to the 7-8th century BCE. After Hezekiah's tunnels, we returned to the hotel for lunch, some rest time, and a brief orientation ...
... to be praying. We followed the path around the bottom of the platform and that’s when the fun started. Meir was escorted into the Temple Mount area by Jewish armed guards and they had a number of Muslim women surrounding them screaming at them. It was mind boggling and not pleasant to watch, but an experience nevertheless. One of the Jews in the group encouraged us to film and photograph the abuse, and there’s not ...