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June 21, 2014

Jerusalem and Bethlehem (Israel Day 5/6)

12 June, Thursday: Jerusalem and Bethlehem (mostly on foot; saw lots more than this but I didn't have time to write it all down as we were always on the move on foot)

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- Lion Gate

- Bethesda (pool down deep at St. Anne's church; traditional birthplace of Anne/Hannah, mother of Mary)

- Via Dolorosa (Roman soldiers etched games on the stone floors)

- Damascus Gate, Garden Tomb, Jerusalem bagels with dry green hyssop salt!

- Austrian café/hospice - had apple strudel

- 14 stations of the cross

- Muslim strike - shops all closed. Jewish ones open.

- Jewish Quarter Café for lunch.

- Cistern under Queen Helen Coptic Orthodox church - huge, wonderful echoes such that you can make chords with one person's voice, three notes. Also an Ethiopian church.

- Mt. Zion - King David's Tomb (not really) and Upper Room (not really)

- Wailing Wall - men's and women's prayer areas at the Western Wall; also archaeological area of Western Wall where men and women can go together. K went to Women's Section Tunnel to come out by men's section under arch, closer to former temple area...

- Saw entrance to Oskar Schindler's grave site, but didn't have time to stop

- Bethlehem in West Bank


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