Thursday, August 1, 2013

Old City

I am in love with the Old City in Jerusalem. It's such a funny mix of ancient and modern, different faiths, etc. I was so happy to visit and can't wait to show you a little bit of it.

The Old City is filled with lots of winding roads and alleyways.




There are a ton of beautiful, old buildings


There are flea market type stalls filled with so many random items


Delicious looking foods....



Funky T-shirts...


Judaica items, and other religious paraphernalia....


And, of course, bamba--a classic Israeli snack that art sort of like cheetos, but with peanut butter. And awesome:)


We walked through old gates and archways on our way to the Kotel, the Western Wall.


The Kotel is the holiest place in the world in Judaism, the site of the Temple that was destroyed thousands of years ago. When we went to the Kotel for the first time this trip, it was just a few hours before the beginning of Tisha B'Av, where we mourn the loss of the Temple. Being at its site was beautiful.

On every Israel trip, I thrill at the first sight of the Wall:


Our family (plus bump) by the Kotel



There's a custom to put notes in the Kotel with your prayers on them, and the crevices of the stones are packed with bits of paper.


So there's a little peek at the Old City and Western Wall!

Where is YOUR favorite place to travel?

31 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing these! Such an amazing glimpse.

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  2. Love these photos! One of those plates looks like it has Turkish Delight on it, but maybe it's something else. I have made Turkish Delight from scratch before and it's so, so good.

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  3. Beautiful photo's, thanks for sharing them with us! You have a great eye for details!!

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  4. oh my goodness what a beautiful city. i will want some of that bamba.. time to ask Sam to get some maybe. :D

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  5. Amazing pictures and trip! (And congrats on the bump. :) I had to giggle a little at the "Guns & Moses" t-shirt.

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  6. WOw I love all of these pictures! Looks like you are exploring & having such a great time!

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