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Travel Blogs from Jerusalem
This was a test for Mom and Dad. The Church of the Visitation was on the hillside of Ein Kerem and it was a steep climb. The bus couldn't even drive through the town. So we disembarked the bus, walked through the town and up we went. Dad already had this look of dread on his face but Brother Carmelo accompanied the older members and prayed the …
What a hot and dry day. There we were in Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave by young sheperds . More information can be found here http://www.centuryone.com/25dssfacts.ht ml and http://www.bibleplaces.com/qumrancaves. htm. The fact that manuscripts of the Old Testment were found dating to a 1000 years ago is mind boggling. …
... pilgrimage to pay homage, we saw a number of groups singing hymns and carrying a large cross along the same steps.
We finished at the Church and head off for lunch. We decided on traditional food, but did not want to go somewhere too touristy, so our guide led us to Abu Kamel food stand for some, ok, lots of hummus, falafel and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. So delicious! There is no shortage of fabulous cuisine in this city.
... American tourists anymore and I was surrounded by women in hijabs, little Palestinian kids and Arab shopkeepers. I walked further down a bit, admired all sort of suvenirs you can get on this site of shuk and then .. chickened out and went back to kotel. I think I will have to brace myself and go there sometime soon but I just didn't feel 100% safe there today (+ I was keeping in mind all the warnings from lonley plan travel guide about ...
... I was crouched over with my head covered, but that is what the rest of my group later told me. I’m not sure how much protection my arms would have been, and as the noise faded I stood up gingerly, looking around to make sure nobody had seen my embarrassing instinctive response. Not that my delayed response was any better which involved vibering G to check the Israeli news for any new attacks. Now that would be some super fast reporting! Our tour ...
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