Friday, August 20, 2010

Today we went on a massive sight seeing spree.  We had our difficulties though.  It is Friday of Ramadan, The afternoon starts the Sabbath preparations. and over all traffic.  We had a late start and with it more difficulty than usual to get to Damascus Gate, the Churches were closing for at noon for their break. So we decided to go to Bethany, the home of Lazarus' Tomb.  Of course, this is a Palestinian Area//We were there for the Friday Public Sermon and also went through the bus at the checkpoint with machine guns and looked at our passports.  When we got back to Jerusalem our bus was diverted to where we wanted to go, so we got off a few blocks from The Ascension Site at the Russian Convent.  Had a Shawma plate lunch on a rooftop over looking the Dome of the Rock.  Then we set off visiting the Mosque of the Ascension, the Pater Noster Church, seeing the overlook of the Old City.  Look above at the heading of the Blog.  Then down the hill or the Palm Sunday Walk to Dominus Flevit, St. Mary Magdalene, Mt. of Olives Garden, Church of the Agony, the Gethsemane (place of the Olive Press) and Mary's tomb.  Then we got on a bus to go the Mt. Zion Area.   You know you have been here too long when Israeli's ask you for questions on the bus about different routes. Went to Oscar Schindler's Grave but the cemetery was locked because of preparations for Sabbath.  So we ended our day with the Church where St. Peter denied Jesus three times.  Our other few stops would have to wait until a later day.  We hailed a cab.  The driver happened to be formerly from the
New York area, specifically Patchogue, Long Island.  We were very tired and hot so we called it a day.  The first picture is of the outside of St. Mary Magdalene Church.  The second is of the outside of Mary Tomb.  And the last is of the outside of St. Peter's Church with Christ forgiving him.