Saturday, July 9, 2016

Israel 2016 - Jerusalem, day 1

I returned home after traveling to Israel for fourteen days. Four days in Jerusalem, nine days in Arad. The heat was intense, even by Israeli standards. Just my luck to travel to the Middle East during a heat wave - 95-100°F for twelve hours a day made being out in the streets a challenge.

The first day in Jerusalem I went directly to the Old City. Jaffa Gate is one of the most used entrances that provides access to all four quarters - Christian, Arab, Armenian and Jewish. From there I walked through the Arab shuk to the Jewish quarter and the Western Wall.

The open courtyard just inside the Jaffa Gate:

At the Kotel (Western Wall):