This morning we were able to sleep in a bit and get up at 6:00. After stowing our bags in the archaeology lab and eating some breakfast it was time to take a bus into Jerusalem for the weekend.
The bus dropped us at the Central Bus Station from where we took a cab to the Bible Lands Museum.
We enjoyed our visit to the museum as we had a very good guide that explained some of the most important exhibits. We then had some time to look through the exhibits on our own. Unfortunately we cannot take pictures in this museum.
We then headed toward our hotel. The taxi drive would not take us all the way to our hotel, but dropped us blocks away. We had a long walk but luckily only had our backpacks and overnight bags to carry.
Just before reaching our hotel we stopped for lunch at Jacob’s Pizza. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Jerusalem. Good pizza and a good host, plus free wi-fi to get caught up on things from home.
We then checked back into the New Imperial and took a siesta before heading out for some afternoon exploring.
One of the places we stopped at was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church did not have many visitors so I was able to get a few pictures that I had been wanting to get.
Here is the Stone of Anointing. This stone is believed by some to be the place where the body of Jesus was anointed. The stone however has only been in existences since a reconstruction of the church in the early 1800’s.
You will see many people kissing the stone or rubbing items on the stone. Most of the time you cannot even see the stone because of the number of people waiting to get close to it.
In a chapel behind the rotunda of the church there are two rough-hewn tombs. There are some who believe that this was the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
You can see that the tombs are a little less than six feet in length.
We then walked around the Old City for awhile and attempted to go to the Damascus Gate. However, the people traffic was too much and we turned around.
Before heading back to the hotel we enjoyed a nice dinner. I had a nice mug of lemonade with my dinner. You can see the fresh mint leaves in my lemonade. This makes the drink very delicious.
We made one last stop on the way back to the hotel for a little dessert. I chose to have a nice Pistachio flavored Magnum Bar.
Now to get caught up on some sleep. At least I don’t have to get up at 4:15 tomorrow.