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Travel Blogs from Jerusalem
The Old Jerusalem of today is a hodgepodge of neighborhoods and "quarters" that, like the very short list of other places on the planet with a 3000-year history, have changed significantly over the centuries. The sands of time have witnessed invaders from Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey - did we leave anybody out? …
Jordan River Valley The drive to Jerusalem took us along the scenic Jordan River Valley. Many times, we came close to the Jordanian border and we could see old security towers and the electrified border fence. We passed by Schechem, Jericho, and Samaria. We went from 700 feet below sea level in Tiberias to 2,500 feet above sea level in Jerusalem. …
... subject is in order. Jerusalem proper is a small city, with all the amenities you would expect and built, by civil ordinance, almost exclusively from the same cream marble as the structures inside the Old Town, lending it a very distinctive and stately aesthetic recognizable even when, on Shabbat, it is devoid of the steady flow of Hascidic Jews which otherwise thread the alleyways and thoroughfares. I watched with both admiration and pity of the poor fellows, ...
I am currently sitting in a quaint Israeli apartment overlooking the Mount of Olives, lit with thousands of colored lights in celebration of Ramadan. Fireworks are sporadically exploding and karaoke pop music is echoing through the valley. Despite the fact that much of this night reminds me of many evenings in the Philippines, I am still in awe at the uniqueness of the culture in Jerusalem. ...
... Yehuda - the famous outdoor market/shouk. Boy, it was busy. Another mental note - try to avoid shuks on Friday morning as apparently it's a place to be for every citizen of Jerusalem. Maniac last minute Friday night shopping, Frum and Haredis with huge metal carts filled with all sort of groceries, shopkeepers shouting to each other, walking at 0mph speed feeling like being a part of massive human centipede - you get the point. No pictures, sadly as I wasn't even ...
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