Archive | July 2013

Bethlehem to Jerusalem

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Yahia’s handmade armenian jewelry shop

The other day as I was walking passed the city of David (you know, just an average day in Jerusalem…), a guy called out for me, and asked if I knew how to write English, because he needed to for something. I wasn’t in a hurry, so I followed him two minutes into a little street and we went in his very small and cosy shop, full of jewelry, scarfs, cups, etc. He offered me tea, some sort of sage tea which was really good. We started talking about traveling and people, he said he took small groups of tourists on private tours all around Israel and the West Bank. An hour and a half later, I was walking out of the shop with a couple of very pretty handmade necklesses made of stones from Eilat, one that I bought for my mum (chuuuuuuuuuut, don’t tell her!), and one that was a gift from Yahia to me.

Here are a few pictures.

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One small annoying problem…

NOT BEING ABLE TO KNOW WHICH ITEM COSTS WHAT WHEN YOU GO SHOPPING….

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Inside Zedekiah’s Cave

Inside Zedekiah’s Cave: PEACE AND QUIET GUARANTEED.

It’s a very large cave with galeries diving deep under the city walls. That’s how Sedecias, king of Judee, escaped, according to a legend. It’s also where king Solomon had the stones carved fo the construction of the temple.
No special architecture, just galeries.

Zedekiah’s Cave is good when:
– You want some piece and quiet for half an hour, just to get away from the busy streets.
– It’s really hot and you fancy a cool place.
– You don’t have much money and you still want to visit a tourist “landmark” for less than 10NIS.

Zedekiah’s Cave is bad when:
– You’re claustrophobic, because there is little light and you’ll probably be there alone as hardly anyone visits it.
– You don’t have the proper shoes on, cause the stones are slipery and sometimes wet.

12 THINGS YOU LEARN WHILST WALKING ON THE CITY WALLS

What do you learn from walking on the city walls, that you CANNOT learn whilst walking inside the Old City in the busy narrow streets…..

1) The King David Hotel is BIG.

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2) They have schools INSIDE the Old City Walls.

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3) They have BASKETBALL inside the City Walls (just for the schools I guess).

Image4) You can get a TATTOO in the Old CIty??? A holy tatto???

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5) Ah, you also learn stuff that is written.

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6) The tram doesn’t seem that long, from up there.

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7) Everyone in the Old City has satellite television.

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8) There actually are STABLES in the Old City, it’s the police stables.

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9) Cemetry in the Armenian Quarter

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10) They are CAR PARKS in the Old City, hidden behind walls…

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11) The seperation wall makes weird loops, probably because they are some ressources that the Israeli government preferred to keep on the “right” side of the wall.

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12) They sell cool bred just outside the Old City

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Church of the Holy Sepulture – 21st of July 2013

Church of the Holy Sepulture – 21st of July 2013

Mea She’Arim

A few meters before entering Mea She’Arim, in Jerusalem, on a saturday.

Here are a few pictures from inside Mea She’Arim.

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