Jerusalem, Massada, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Galilee

Jerusalem Travel Blog

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The same six of us will be going to Jerusalem for Easter week.  To the Jordanians, we are not technically leaving their country - just visiting the West Bank.  They don’t even stamp our passports.  Across the shockingly small Allenby (Hussein) Bridge over the Jordan river (more like a small stream than a river), the Israelis stamp a piece of paper that we keep in our passports in lieu of stamping the passport itself.  In Jerusalem, I’m surprised at how many civilians are carrying weapons.  I don’t know whether to feel safe or not.  There has been a lull lately in the violence so I’m not too frightened, even in the Arab quarters. 

Seeing the sights is like watching events pop right out of the Bible.  On Good Friday, saw a procession of hundreds following the Via Dolorosa path that Christ took and witnessed a bizarre re-enactment by zealots.  "Jesus" was even covered in animal blood for effect.  Grossed out by watching hundreds of Orthodox women kissing the supposed sepulcher stone.  Some nice solitude in the Garden of Gethsemane.  By night, the city glows under a full moon.  I don't know how much is my imagination, but at times I feel like I've been transported back 2000 years.  A jarring awakening to the modern day when I see Israelis teenagers jetskiing in the Sea of Galilee

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Pilgrims walking the Stages of the…
Pilgrims walking the Stages of th…
Crucifixion reenactment
Crucifixion reenactment
Anti-terrorist snipers
Anti-terrorist snipers
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
1967 war damage
1967 war damage
Orson Hyde Foundation memorial in …
Orson Hyde Foundation memorial in…
Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
Massada
Massada
reading a newspaper
reading a newspaper
The Eastern Gate
The Eastern Gate
Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee
Near the Sea of Galilee
Near the Sea of Galilee
2000 year old wall
2000 year old wall
Jerusalem
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