Jerusalem Journals

Ancient Jerusalem

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A December 1993 trip to Jerusalem by Whirlwind

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Ancient Jerusalem

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The Wailing Wall is a prime place to visit. The custom is to leave three prayer requests on a small piece of paper, which you stuff into the wall. Remember that on the Saturday Sabbath, it is against Jewish sensitivities to be seen writing. Do your writing ahead of time, or before you get off the bus. Also keep in mind that men are expected to have their heads covered when approaching the Wailing Wall, or when entering any Jewish holy temple area for that matter. Tourists are usually offered these at point of entry in the form of little bowl-shaped cardboard beanies for an insignificantly small donation. You may notice certain side streets barricaded shut--the prohibition for work (even driving)...Read More

Franciscaines de Marie (Franciscan Sister of Mary)

Hotel | "Franciscaines de Marie"

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I did not stay here, since my EGGED tour only lasted a day. However the place was discussed time and time again by travelers I met along the way and so I thought it to be noteworthy. The guest house was said to be safe, charming, and inexpensive. A meal was also said to be included with a night's stay. Other possible accomodations in the Jerusalem and Bethlehem areas can be found at the following website: http://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/cic/CICguest.html

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2000

Franciscaines de Marie (Franciscan Sister of Mary)
Nablus Road 9
Jerusalem, Israel
972 (0) 2 627 68 76

Seven Gates

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Seven Gates Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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Bethlehem... My bus unloaded at a jewelry shop called "7 Gates" where basically high trinket prices prevailed. As I approached the entrance to the shop, an Arab street merchant stepped in front of me and held before my line of sight a wonderfully enameled bracelet. "Fifty shekels," he declared. I put up my hand to wave him off, and, to my dismay, he placed the object in my fingers. The bus chaperone telegraphed me a disapproving look as he and my fellow bus acquaintances disappeared within the storefront sanctuary leaving me to my own resources. I felt uncomfortable holding something that wasn’t mine and that I had no interest in anyway, so I plied the only ...Read More

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Seven Gates
Manger Square And Vicinity
Jerusalem, Israel

Jordan River Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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Yardenit... Having left the Syrian border shortly after breakfast, our mini-bus was heading down along the eastern shore of the Sea of Gallilee on territory once part and parcel of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Wild flowers sprinkled color sparingly across craggy hillsides. Thinly distributed strands of tall, brown grass, without even a smattering of green underneath, hinted of autumn and little recent rain. With the Sea to our north, the bus angled west before finally pulling up along the vivid greens of a freshly trimmed palm orchard. The place was Yardenit, a traditional baptismal site for Christians in the Holy Land. The occasion was a ten minute rest stop. Th...Read More

Holy sites in Israel...

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The Wailing Wall. Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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One thing about the Jerusalem of the Apostles' time--it's 60 feet or more under what's there now. With looming Crusaders' cathedrals marking such holy sites as those of Jesus Crucifixion and the stations-of-the-cross, one finds the stone ruins of the original Apostles' era only through the glimpses of the pits of archaeological digs or narrow, deep deep shafts with padlocked grates set under sanctuaries for pilgrims to view the far below actual remains of the first century Wall of Jerusalem and its adjoining adjacent streets. The traditional site of Jesus birth for example is two flights of stairs underneath a towering cathedral circa the time of the Holy Crusades. But there are other holy s...Read More