Day 2 Jerusalem
Today we slept in. We were going to start out the day at the Western Wall tunnel which I am sure is amazing but by not going it gives us a reason to return. You just can't do it all. Instead we began with a short drive up to the Mt of Olives. You can see all of Jerusalem from this spot. That birds eye view puts everything into perspective from the variety of churches, mosques, historical walls and even digs that with just discovered new pieces of history that you can see from above. It is actually pretty damn amazing that they are still discovering new things every year.
Below the Mt. of Olives is a burial area for only the Orthodox Jews unless you pay the right amount to get a spot. So we were told.
The bazaars are all open. Mostly shlock but some food and spice stores. Amazing how those stores have been here for thousands of years just different stuff. I am pretty sure pomegranate juice has been sold for years and years. Their juicer is definitely old school.
We walked over to the Holy Sepulchre church. There are six different religions represented in this church alone. Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox. Lots of different religions praying in this spot in peace. The slab of stone is from when Jesus was around so they say.
Here is supposedly where Jesus is buried. People wait in line to go inside where only 3 people can fit and there is a Greek Orthodox priest inside who blesses everyone who comes in. No surprises, we didn't do the line.
Next stop was the food markets in the old Jewish section. My favorite part. This area is called the Mahane Yehuda Market. It is packed and full of different stalls and stores of food from olives, dried fruits, breads, desserts, juices, vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, etc. Loved it. Here is the olive man who is one of many.
Then we drove through the Jewish ghetto which is occupied by Hasidim Jews. My guess is that not much has changed over the years but it was certainly fun and fascinating to drive through no matter how many times I have gone through areas like this. In NYC, just take a drive into areas of Williamsburg Brooklyn.
I had to go back to the old section of Jerusalem to get hummus at Lina's. Supposedly the best in Israel. I got two to go because we didn't want to sit down. They were happy to please. Two large soft pitas stuffed with hummus, chick peas and chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Pretty damn good.
Back to the hotel for a little rest and relaxation.