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Jerusalem, The Old City
Submitted by bugsly on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 23:45 7th Grade | Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | Israel | Physical and Health Education | Walk

This morning at 11:00 we arrived in Jerusalem. We checked into our hotel, had a short rest and then headed to the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. Since we have one day here, we tried to see everything possible. First we had lunch in a falafel place before diving into the Arab Market. Upon entering the street where the market started, I was amazed by all of the color and smells. The alley was narrow and sloped downhill. At one point in time, we went through an alleyway that was filled with skinned animals, different organs floating in liquid, and skinned cows feet. There were pelts on the ground and blood and hair too. The smell was horrendous. My Mom said it was the most disgusting experience she has had in her life and that she would happily walk anywhere not to have to go through there again.

After the Arab Market, we found our way to the Western Wall. Some people also call it the Wailing Wall. It is the most sacred place for the Jewish people. After going through security, we entered the space where the Wall is found. We saw lots of Orthodox Jewish men dressed in black hats and coats and with long beards and curls down the sides of their faces. Some were praying and some were talking.

After the Western Wall, we went to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa. It is the place where many sacred Christian sites are found like where Jesus was imprisoned, crucified, entombed, and resurrected. The Roman Catholics, the Greek Orthodox, the Copts, and the Armenian Orthodox people share responsibility in taking care of this Church. In one of the lines, we met a man from Santa Cruz. Small world. The mosiacs on the ceilings of the Church were very beautiful.

We left there and walked through the Arab Market again (not the animal part) to the Damascus Gate. We caught a taxi back to the hotel via the Mount of Olives. From there we could see the entire Old City from above. Also a very grumpy camel was there growling and spitting at anyone that came near him including the riders!

Once back at the hotel, we went to the Indian restaurant downstairs. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the sister restaurant to the one where we ate in Eilat. It was great and after dinner we went to bed.


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