Entrance to the City of David site exploring some archeological digs of Hezekiah’s Tunnel as well as parts of the palace. Beautiful limestone and flowers. Breathtaking views from the overlook.
FULL day!! I was not sure how much we could get done today because we only had my friend Hanoch, our tour guide, scheduled for the afternoon, but the four hours we spent in the City of David site was incredible, breathtaking and fun took a ton of pictures. Easiest thing to do is post pics with a few comments on each, otherwise, I could write all night and not be ready for Masada, the Jordan and various other sites tomorrow.
The brief overview: We walked from our hotel, Legacy Hotel, to the Old City. It took about 10 minutes to reach the New Gate where we entered. The Legacy is a nice hotel, a refurbished and well appointed YMCA, that sits in the Arab section of Jerusalem. We were not aware of this at booking and were apprehensive when we found out, but this has been a terrific staff clearly trying to overcome unwarranted negative press. The walk through part of town was a little interesting, but not overly concerning. (One side benefit is that our location an some ordained timing led to a Divine Appointment for Connie and Sue. Details in private…)
To get to the Old City, we walked through part of the Arab Quarter and then from the Damascus Gate, around the outside of the wall toward the New Gate, and entered there. One thing that was interesting is the incredible mixtures in this city. Jews, Muslims, Christians… Ancient walls and buildings next to motorbikes, sleek cars and electric trains. Interesting…
After coming through the New Gate, we found our way through the Old City to Jaffa gate to meet up with Hanoch and a few others. (Total of just eight of us today!)
Parts of the Old City were crowded and bustling. Other parts were quiet and serene.
An interesting note for the ladies… This building is in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Blow it up and read the signage on the wall… 😉
While in the Old City we got a peek at the Western Wall and its, ah, er, accoutrements, but did not visit. that is on the Wednesday agenda.
From this same location we could view the Mount of Olives, a site we will not have time to take in this time… Interestingly, one member of our party is in a hotel atop the Mount. His taxi driver offered to negotiate a price that turned out better than the price he was paying in town causing him to quickly cancel his first reservation and take up residence on the Mount for the week… LOL! What a view!!
The entrance to the City of David is pictured at the top. Remember the pretty flowers?
Here are MORE! Simply beautiful!
Lots of flowers everywhere in the City of David site. Stark differences in the digs and tunnels v. the beautiful flowers cascading over walls and spilling out of window boxes.
Once in the City of David, tickets in hand, we began touring the various parts. Hanoch was excellent. Clearly in his element, with a bursting passion for sharing Israel with those of Ephraim who are awakening to the Ways of the Father, he pointed out and excitedly related much information and story! Here he is pointing South and talking of Abraham and a piece of land as well as the UN building… He had some rich comments! LOL!
Farther in, we hiked one of the two tunnels that are part of the Hezekiah system designed to bring critical water into the Old City before the Assyrian siege. We walked the dry tunnel deep under the mount. Parts were extremely narrow.
On our walk out, there were a few very old olive trees. I was struck by the MASSIVE trunk and root. It was loaded with fruit for harvest later this year.
End of the tour, Kelly and Sallie were laughing and playing with a stray cat. More flowers… Baby clusters of grapes all over that arbor overhead!
We had a great time. I meant to take some pics of dinner. It was really good, but the ambiance and friendship around the table was even better. We laughed and laughed!!