Jerusalem, Oh Jerusalem!

Sorry for being out of touch for awhile everyone, I have gone through a lot of changes lately… my contract and my residency ended in Croatia ended in June, therefore I left the country after a little more traveling. I’m currently in Tirana, Albania, but more about that later. I want to do a brief blog post about my trip to Israel, Jerusalem especially. It had been a dream of mine to go for awhile and I’m finally glad I got the opportunity. I went with my really good friend and fellow California girl Defne.  We went to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and had an amazing time.  Here are a few photos and captions of the highlights of the trip….

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The famous Dome of the Rock. We were not allowed to enter because apparently there was some Muslim holiday on the day we went and only Muslims were allowed to enter during that time, which was regrettable, so I had to take this amazing photo with a zoom lens.

The Tower of David. The archaeological ruins here date back 2,700 years.  WOW! The view at the top was totally breathtaking, to say the least.  We had to pay to enter but it wasn’t so much. I would say it was definitely worth the money.

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The Mount of Olives above, The Garden of Gethsemane below. I grew up reading about these places in the Bible and it was so exciting to actually see them with my own eyes.

 

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Via Dolorosa translates from Latin to English as “The Way of Grief” or “The Way of Sorrow.” This long street is believed to be the path where Jesus walked on His way to be crucified.

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The prison of Christ.  This was supposed to be the place where Jesus was held after His arrest the night before his crucifixion.

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Now a part of a school,  this building is said to be the place where Jesus appeared in front of Pontius Pilate and was condemned to death.

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Crown of Thorns… made from the same types of thorns placed on the head of Jesus before He was crucified.  I pricked my finger on it; they are REALLY sharp.

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Pretty self-explanatory, this is supposedly the birth place of the Virgin Mary.

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And of course, the infamous Western Wall.  As you can see here, Defne and I got in a bit of trouble here as we didn’t know there was a separation between men and women and we started walking in on the men’s side. Some burly guards came up to us and quickly set us straight, ushering us over to the women’s side…. 🙂  Nearly a big faux pas… 🙂

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This is a photo of the Upper Room where Jesus had His Last Supper with His disciples.

Here are a few more random photos of Jerusalem. It was so amazing.

 

And me and Defne, having an amazing time!

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We also went to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. I didn’t take many pictures from the inside,  but I definitely had to capture, on the outside, one of the actual cattle cars used to transport Jews to death camps in WWII…..

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And of course Jerusalem has some amazing restaurants. We went to this amazing restaurant called The Eucalyptus, where the head Chef is the amazing Moshe Basson. The food is tasty and they use totally organic farm grown ingredients  We inhaled the food so quickly I forget to take a picture, but here is a pic of the dessert.  It was amazing. I totally recommend this restaurant if you ever go to Israel.  You can check them out here. The Eucalyptus

 

Jerusalem was simply AMAZING.  Tel Aviv highlights in the next post.

See ya soon!

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