A last shot of Jerusalem, before I travelled to the north of Israel! The dome in the centre of the picture is the Dome of the Rock, which is a holy place for Muslims. You can also clearly see the barriers that was erected around the old Jerusalem by the Ottoman Empire ages ago.
This is excessive amount of signage! Choose which one is applicable for yourself, whether it is transportation-related (motor? mini stalls? truck?) or food-related (are you hungry? how about having chicken schnitzel?)
It’s your call :)
Old Jerusalem, Israel
I found that the style of the yellow dance costume at the foreground is distinctively-middle eastern. As such, without much explanation, you can sort of guess where the picture was taken from!
The picture was taken at the old Jerusalem, Israel, near the Stations of the Crosses. It is quite common to see shops hanging their clothes at high bar in front of their shops to hint potential buyers of what the shops are selling :)
A more typical sight of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel. Some of the men who went there were clad in black, while others wore normal clothing, with a head cover.
I am trying to show something different from the typical sight of the Western Wall (with throng of Jewish Orthodox men cloaked in black outfits). The man in this picture caught my attention for 2 obvious reasons. Firstly he was wearing red t-shirt, secondly he was quite distant from the main crowd of men in front of the Western Wall.
The Western Wall, to the Jewish, is the nearest point where the Jewish can stand to where the Temple Mount once stood. The Western Wall is also known as the Crying Wall, since the Jewish constantly pray that at some point of the future the Temple will once be erected again. Currently, the spot is occupied by the Dome of the Rock, which is believed by Muslims to be the spot where Phophet Muhammed ascended to heaven.
People who go to the Western Wall usually place letter they have written (like petitions) into the gaps of the wall. The guy in the picture is slotting a letter into the gap.
This cemetery lies on the hill behind where the Getsemane garden (where Jesus was betrayed) was. This cemetry was facing the old Jerusalem (you can see a bit of walls on the right middle part of the picture). Something that I still find weird is the habit of Jews of placing rocks on top of the tombstones. They usually do not place fresh flowers on top of the tombstones. They place rocks. Why? Because fresh flowers will wilt over time, while rocks are be long lasting (though eventually it will disintegrate too!). Sigh.