We rose early, ate breakfast and were out of the Dan Boutique by 8 am. Our first stop was the Mount of Olives.
On the walk down we saw the Beautiful (or Golden Gate) which has been sealed.
inside the tomb:
A woman selling fresh fruits and vegetables:
Inside one of the churches making up the stations of the cross.
Inside another tucked away church in Old Jerusalem.
All the incense made for a crazy (stinky) blue haze that quickly gave me a headache!
We continued our walk up through Zion Gate (with it's bullet holes from Israel's war of independence)
The above is St. Peter Gallicantry church: or church of the rooster. Commemorating Peter's denial of Jesus.
Below is one of the cellars or "dungeons" in Caiphus' house. The holes here would have been used to hang meet... or the hands of a prisoner (like Jesus) when they flogged or beat them.
To eat this Seder, we had to lay on our left elbow and NOT use our left hand. VERY difficult. Tearing the bread required team work and passing food was very hard, too!
This is a model that shows old Jerusalem in the time of Jesus and what it looks like today. We walked under the city to view the Western wall where foundation bricks were the largest in the world. These massive bricks could weigh 470 tons. AMAZING!We saw so many neat things with so much history to bring the Bible to life. This is a short post because it's late and I'm almost out of Internet time (and I'm fighting a cold (pray for healing my dears! A number of us are fighting colds).)
To be continued...