Sancta Maria Hotel Bethlehem
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... that this was such a rant and was probably confusing… Just needed to get
these feelings off my chest I guess.
Next we went back to the hotel to shower and get ready for
dinner. The dinner reminded me a lot of the dinners in the Palace Resorts in
Mexico- a huge buffet with lots of options. After dinner I was so incredibly
tired I just wanted to go to bed (as did everyone else). Instead the group
leaders made us get into our small ...
... and even Turkey (led by conservative Muslim President Erdogan!) have had no illusions about the danger ISIS presents and the need to destroy it militarily.
The attacks in Copenhagen, like the ones in Paris and Brussels, like the executions in Libya and Syria and Iraq, are not about religion. They are about hatred. They damage all who sincerely believe in and practice religion everywhere. Religion is dedicated to finding holiness, ...
... would handle it. So we all went down to the sea and I was shocked by how much it has receded. I mean there were old signs saying don't swim here and it was dry like the desert with the water still miles away. Once we made it, we got into our swim suits and walked to the mud and lathered on the grey silt to look our absolute finest for the hilarious photoshoots that followed. After too many to count our skin was finally starting to crust over and the time had come to float in the dead ...
... important landmarks in the region. After lunch we visited nearby Bethlehem, the site of many Biblical events. Of course, this is where Jesus and David were born, where Ruth met Boaz and Naomi returned and also the site of Rachel's death. We visited the Church of the Nativity which rests on what is almost certainly the site of Christ's birth. We also visited a shepherds field where it is believed angels announced the birth of Christ (Luke ...
... to walk on were slippery as ice. Evette fell, badly twisting her ankle. Now, the challenge was getting out of the Old City walls to find a taxi to take us back to the hotel. It was about a mile that my poor wife had to hobble, but we finally made it. So, the rest of the group had a tour of the Old City tunnels while Evette iced her ankle.
Later in the afternoon, we were supposed to take a bus tour with Ir Amim. This tour would have taken ...