It is traditional for groups to have a photo made on the Mount of Olives with a view of Jerusalem in the background. I like the tradition, so I try to do that each time I bring a group to Israel.
Here is the photo we made this morning. You may click on the photo for a larger image.
In addition to the Mount of Olives, we visited the Garden of Gethsemane on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. After that we made our way to the Christian Quarter of the Old City to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. A local lunch was enjoyed in the Old City.
In the early afternoon we went to the Israel Museum. There were three major things to see there:
- The Second Temple Model of Jerusalem.
- The Shrine of the Book.
- The Israel Museum. We visited the Herod the Great: the kings final journey exhibit as well as the archaeology section of the Museum.
There was time enough to go to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, and to do some shopping at the Kando shop.
Everyone in our group seems to be staying well. For this, we are thankful.
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Love that picture! I am still blown away that my son is part of this group – ha…..the history, the sights, the impact of the places you are going, walking in the same places as our Lord and prophets/kings/apostles….amazing…..
You walked right past me at the Israel Museum (at the Canaanite section), but I could see from the look on your face that you were pushing to get your group through the museum. It must be impossible to show them everything. The museum has so much. We got there right around lunch and ate at the Modern restauant inside the entrance (really nice place, good food, and great service). Then we pushed hard to see everything before 5 o’clock. At the end, we just skimmed through the synagogue exhibit and completely missed the Greek world exhibit. Just not enough time. I’d love to go back, but we have to push on with our plan. We’re doing the City of David tour tomorrow at 10 and then walking through the Armenian ahd Christian quarters. We’ll probably go to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but having grown up in the Church of Christ I don’t put too much credence in places like that. Thanks for the info on Qumran. The waiter at the restaraunt said the same thing as you, so we’re going to go on Thursday and then driving back to our hotel by the airport. We’ll do Masada on Friday before we leave late on Saturday.