Allthego in Jerusalem

It was off to Bethlehem today again crossing into the Palestinian Authority and having to change guides for a few hours. First port of call was the Shepard’s Fields. This is an area of Bethlehem where a church has been established near some excavated caves that are suggested could have been those occupied by the Shepherds, to whom the impending birth of Jesus was announced. Well, wherever the truth lies the site and Church are a moving experience and convey the feeling of that moment. This is in contrast to the Church of the Nativity which was crowded and very heavy on symbolism. One wonders if there was more time to be had in these places without the pressure to move that a different impression might be gained. 

Leanne in the light and waiting in the queue to get into the grotto at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Leanne in the light and waiting in the queue to get into the grotto at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

From here we headed back towards Jerusalem reclaimed our guide and headed off to the Genesis experience. This establishment sits on the way to the Dead Sea overlooking a fairly remote region and then across the Jordan Valley to Jordan. Abraham met us at his tent and invited us in for some hospitality. Now Abraham is actually an Australian (Jewish) with a fairly strong Aussie accent. In welcoming us he in a story telling style told us Abrahams journey from Ur to Canaan. It was quite entertaining and thoughtful. Food was great too. Camel rides for everyone as well for full measure.

Some memebrs of our group onboard a camel train at Abraham's Tent.

Some memebrs of our group onboard a camel train at Abraham’s Tent.

Back in Jerusalem for a free day and I have caught up on this blog. Internet is lousy in the rooms so Leanne and I are sitting in a bar area this evening listening to the melodic tones of the piano whilst I tap away at the computer. Today was a long walk around New Jerusalem. This is outside the city walls and is the area that was developed in the early part of the 20th century when  the British ran the place. This was a good contrast to our previous days of roaming the old world areas.

A pile of strawberries at the markets in New Jerusalem, outside the city walls.

A pile of strawberries at the markets in New Jerusalem, outside the city walls.

                                   

Jaffa St. The light rail runs along this street through the New Jrusalem area.

Jaffa St. The light rail runs along this street through the New Jrusalem area.

This is a mural near the Post Office in New Jerusalem that depicts a map from the 16 th century that shows Jerusalem as the centre of the world.

This is a mural near the Post Office in New Jerusalem that depicts a map from the 16 th century that shows Jerusalem as the centre of the world.

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on April 17, 2013, in Israel & Turkey 2013. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sandra Gutterson

    Sounds like you are having a great time. xxxSandra and Don

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