Monday, November 22, 2010

Israel

So how does one even start to follow up an Egyptian adventure? One goes to Israel.

Jerusalem

Before exploring Jerusalem, my family drove to the Galilee area to see many biblical sights.

Sea of Galilee

The area of Galilee is quite something. There we visited the Mount of Beatitudes, the town of Capernaum, Nazareth, Mount Precipice and Mount Tabor.

Mount of Beattitudes
Mount of Beatitudes

Mount of Beattitudes in Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes

Of course what would a trip be without sticking your toes in the sea of Galilee?

Standing in the sea of Galilee

And who knew the best falafel I would ever have would be in a take-out restaurant next to a gas station?

Falafel or Shawarma

Back in Jerusalem, we we able to see the major sights for three major religions. For the Muslims, we saw the Dome of the Rock. It was incredible.

Dome of the Rock mosque

Me and the Dome of the Rock

Then we went to the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall where the Jewish people come to worship.

Western Wall

The Western Wall is divided up into sections, one for women and one for men. So we had to peer over the divider to see what was going on on the male side. I didn't know this, but they hold Bar Mitzvahs there.

Peeking over the barrier

It's pretty amazing to think how ancient this wall is and its significance.

Touching the Western Wall

We then visited some Christian sights including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb.

Garden Tomb

Golgotha

The next morning we visited the Garden of Gethsemane. There we got to hear a beautiful sermon by a priest in the Church of All Nations.

Gethsemane

We finished our time in Israel by visiting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Church of the Nativity 3

Star at Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity 2

Church of Nativity

In this area full of ancient sights, we did see something very modern. The separation wall.

Separation Wall

Jerusalem (and its neighboring areas) is amazing. The fact that three major religions claim it as holy is pretty remarkable. Although it is hard not to notice the division and tension between the people that claim it as their own, it still easy to see that it is a place that can inspire a lot of inner peace. No matter what you believe, there is definitely a special feeling that comes with a visit to this city.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem and me


11 comments:

ali said...

very cool Kara. And it looks like lovely weather there too... Maybe I'll move.

Adam and Bri said...

this is a ridiculous post. so, so amazing.

Maryse said...

Not so many people get a chance to see all these biblical places with their own eyes. Very special! I'm amazed by these pictures! Thank you! It would be such a wonderful place if peace could come between all religions (and that would make so much more sense than war)...

knitseashore said...

What an amazing trip!! Thank you for sharing your photos and experiences with us. Just being able to stand in some of these places and see them with your own eyes had to be truly epic. The air must be so sacred that it's electric. To follow the pyramids with things like the Garden of Gethsemane? Just Wow.

Windybrook Spinner said...

I think that is the coolest picture of the Garden of Gethsemene I have ever seen. It looks so real! =) Amazing to think one can just...go there.

Melanie said...

I am incredibly jealous. This looks like such an amazing trip!

sula said...

Oh, wow. Just reading this post I feel a bit overwhelmed with how the mundane and the divine could sit so easily beside each other. Note to self: gotta get to Israel. Other note to self: Kara would be a great tour guide.

Jacey said...

Mmm, falafel. Love it. Your pictures are incredible. I can't believe all the amazing things you got to experience on your trip.

Erin said...

You are doing an amazing job recapping this trip. I am almost thinking that I don't have to now. :)

Kenoshia said...

Beautiful pictures! I truly envy people who live in these paradise-y areas. Thanks for sharing!

Mer said...

Such a FABULOUS trip, Kara!! Thank you for showing me some new places I need to go! I love you like a crazy person and seeing you traveling makes me want us to go on a girl's trip asap! xoxox