Friday, June 12, 2015

Wednesday, June 10 - We started today with a walking tour of the Old City.  Our first stop was the Davidson Center.  The streets and steps in this site are 1st Century and the steps are called the Teaching Steps.  It is pretty much a certainty that Jesus and his disciples walked and sat on these steps,

  Our next stop was the Western Wall

and then continued up to the Temple Mount to the Dome of the Rock. 

We, also, visited the Pools of Bethesda 

and St Ann's Church where we encountered a group from Africa who were singing and dancing around the church. 

Our little group's rendition of Amazing Grace didn't come close to their performance.  However, the acoustics are so good we even sounded ok.

   After lunch at the place that has the best mint lemonade it town

we starting our walk along the Via Dolorosa 

to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.


There were multiple stops, many having to do with the Easter story.  We had an appointment at 1:30  to visit the Rabbinic Tunnel that runs along the Western Wall.  

 Our next stop was the Model City 

the Shrine of the Book where they keep the Dead Sea Scrolls

and the Israeli Museum

Since we felt like we didn't get enough exercise for the day we went to Ben Yahuda Street and walked to the Old City to see the lights.

By the end of the day we had walked 8 miles according to my Vivofi.  Of course in ancient times the average walk in a day was 20 miles, so we weren't even close.

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