Mittwoch, 12. Oktober 2016

Bethlehem






My week in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - the old town, how would it challenge me?

 

First the heat - it was really hot and sunny. The best places to be were in the Old town. There the houses are built so high and near to each other that you have nice shadow, but in the newer parts it was hot. Best time to be here was after sundown. I love one part of the new city a lot. It is near the art academy and the streets are decorated with umbrellas and sombreros and so on..., each street in an different design.


I stayed in a hotel near a shopping mall where art was sold, too. Best way to get to Jaffa gate through this mall. Oh, and yes, I stayed in a kosher hotel - means very vegetarian friendly coz for convenience they just served vegetarian food.


In the Old town there were the churches, mosques and synagoges. So much of them, unbelieveable for the smallness of the old town. I was blessed by a catholic priest and an orthodox one and visited a lot of churches. Well, the mosques and synagoges, it is a bit difficult. On the temple hill you were not allowed - most time - when you were no muslima. The orthodox synagoges have a strict reglement, too - women are just allowed in a small place at the back - same was at the western wall - divided for genders - on the left men and on the right women - I wonder if there is any transgender Jew?


I met a lot of other tourists in the old town. 


And I did a lot of walking, but beware - the stones are so old and so many feet walked over them they are not easy to walk. One nice walk was over the ramparts that enclose the Old city.