søndag 6. mars 2016

I apologize I have not written in some days now. Something very serious happened at home, so we had to get home to Norway in a hurry to take care of some of our grandchildren, but we are so grateful all we got of experiences on just 4 days!! We feel we had a long vacation…

And we are so lucky we got at least one day in Bethlehem and one day in The Old City of Jerusalem. We bought lots of gifts and also zattar and arabic coffee – so I enjoy my coffee and my grandchildren enjoy my zattar-food. The worst thing was to leave Eden and not finish painting the fence, and also that we did not meet Yady.
I got a picture from Line - so it seems like YOU NEED NOT DOING IT

Before we left Norway, we met 4 lovely "girls" at the airport that were on their way to Israel. In some few minutes we got a special good connection and can you imagine: At least three of us were related to the same genealogy-tree. We invited the "girl-group" to guide them in The Old City, so here comes some pictures from that day.

The Jerusalem Mill

The Tomb of David
outside the tomb of David

Inside the communion hall

view at mt. Zion
on the roof

at our Armenian friend's shop

view at Kedron Valley

I am walking on the walls...
The dome of the rock
At the Western Wall
prayer tags are placed in the cracks in the wall

vigorous ladies walked between 2 and 3 miles that day
the spring is here!
 from "the archaeological garden", the city of David

On the Mount of Olives is the oldest graveyard which is still in use

Golden gate with the muslim graveyard outside
All nation's church
with the beautiful Gethsemane-garden

inside the church
The stone where Jesus prayed 
the grotto was closed  
Lion's gate

Then we walked the Via Dolorosa with its 14 items 

crown of thorns church  
A game from Roman time  

Via Dolorosa is a busy street 

from the Ethiopian Church
from St Helene's water-cave
With a marvelous acoustic

the Holy Sepulcher, a church inside the church

a well deserved beer at Ha Taverna
and a well deserved rest....
"What a marvelous place!!!"
and what a marvelous atmosphere!!
We recommend the food at Ha Taverna
Armenian food at its best!!!
We tried to reach the sunset from Mt. Olives, but were some minutes too late....
here from the steps up to the mountain

Good to rest before we went through the Western Wall tunnel


walking through The Old city when the shops are closed, is a special experience... 
 Some few hours before we left the next day:

Look at the fancy fence!!
Asmahan is always pamper me - she calls me Louvisa
A "happy" color!! You will never find a color like that in Norway!
A gift from Yuval; Hebrew - lessons

I got the newest book as a gift from Yohanan!! :) Can you believe!! He has such a good sense of humor!!
Yuval made us a delicious last meal

 Lehitraot bekarov - we will see you soon, our good, good friends at Eden Jerusalem Hotel

our last (and first) falaffel with humus this time - at the airport