Images from Jerusalem

Today was spent in Jerusalem doing some sightseeing before heading south to the dig on Sunday morning,

The challenge is how to pick just a few pictures from the hundreds that I took.

I am also very tired, so just a few choice pictures with limited commentary tonight.

Jerusalem old quarter, spice store

Today we spent a lot of time in the Old City of Jerusalem. I really liked walking by the spice shops and the wonderful aromas that floated out of them.

scarves, mannequin heads, jerusalem There were a lot of clothing stalls and shops. In several places I saw mannequin heads displaying scarves. They always look a bit interesting.

church of the holy sepulchre, roman tombs

We did make a stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. I always enjoy visiting the Roman era tombs that are right close to the Edicule.

Place of the skull, 2019, erosion check

I also made a stop by The Place of the Skull? near the Garden Tomb to do an erosion check. How much further has the skull feature eroded since my last visit?

limonana, israel, drink, lemonade, mint

For dinner we ate at Versavee which is just at the entrance to our hotel. I had my favorite limonana drink along with some fish and chips.

Tomorrow morning we will pack up and head to the bus station to start a very busy week.

Now for some sleep.


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Beginning Summer on Vacation

I spent the first day of summer traveling to Israel. The longest day of the year included a very long flight.

United Airlines, SFO, Boeing 777, travel

I flew on a packed 777 and was the smallest person in my row. It was not the most comfortable flight, but I did get a little bit of sleep.

United Airlines, 777-300ER, Boeing, 10 Across, Economy Seats

I watched a few movies, including a really cool Japanese movie about a book store and an old book. Reading subtitles kept me awake 🙂

Tel Aviv Airport, Arrivals Hall, Balloons on CeilingWe did land about 20 minutes early. There was a bit of a line at the passport check, but then I walked out and my bag had just arrived at the carousel. I was soon walking out into the arrival hall.

I then went up to the check-in area and was able to say hi to some friends who I met on my last trip to Israel.

Then it was off to the shared shuttles for a ride to Jerusalem.Imperial Hotel, Jerusalem, Jaffa GateI arrived at my Hotel after dark, but have a picture from previous trips. I am in one of the rooms on the top floor. No elevator, so it was fun lugging my suitcase up all those fights of stairs.Jacob's Pizza, Jerusalem, Non-Kosher PizzaLuckily I made it to the hotel just in time to get some pizza from Jacob’s Pizza which is right next door. The rest of our group had eaten there a bit earlier.

It was good to meet some of the other members of our team and get a good night of sleep.

Today we will explore Jerusalem and tomorrow we will head to the dig site.



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