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We got to Jerusalem and parked at Mamilla mall, then headed to the old city.
First, we were greeted by a small Chanukkah light show on the wall of the old city. Then, when we got to the New Imperial Hotel (just inside the walls), we were greeted with a Christmas tree and tons of Christmas decorations. The atmosphere was fabulously festive!
... as en route to Madeba we passed many signs to Mt Nebo and the Dead Sea.
The reception advised us to drive to the bottom of the street and turn left at the circle. Then follow the signs. Unfortunately we could not drive down the street as it is one way. The alternative 'around the block’ diversion was explained via the map, as already explained showing only 1/10th of the actual roads; drawn by five year olds for five year olds!
... the right wing agenda of "proving" that the Jews were first to this land.
But on to other impressions and teachings of the Old City. The city contains layer upon layer of history as each civilization was built on top of, or "renovated" the civilization before it. You have to be on the lookout for ancient arches, doorways and fountains amidst the people and commerce of today. Maayan tried to over 2000 years of history. ...
By 4pm we were ready to go again. After a few metres we split another tyre !!! Now we were sunk! We'd used the spare tyre and there were no more. We were in the middle of nowhere
- what were we to do???
Along came two four wheel drives, and thankfully they stopped to help us. At this point I must tell you that our vehicle was NOT a four wheel drive - just a 9 seater SSang Yong. They thought we were crazy - and we did too! They leapt out of ...
Then we visited the Pillar of Heroism. The Pillar of Heroism commemorates Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. The inscription on the concrete block reads: "Now and forever in memory of those who rebelled in the camps and ghettos, fought in the woods, in the underground and with the Allied forces; braved their way to Eretz Israel; and died sanctifying the name of God" .
Our last stop was the ...