Herod had a flare for style points.
I respect the sign, then walk on past it.
My man Herod had a Sauna… but why? its so dang hot already.
We “tried” to respect the boundaries, but our curiosity got the better of us. and by ‘us’ i meant me (kenneth)
It was such a clear day you could make out the Dead Sea in the distance. Still atop Herodium.
on my computer, but this just tells what you’re looking at.
Favorite pic so far. Spreading that Lee U. brand around the world. P. Cook would be proud.
You can see Jerusalem in the distance.
ON the lip of the mountain Herodium looking down into what was once the palace floor.
Herodium was only rediscovered in 2007 and is now an active archeological dig.
… and let me catch my breath.
Climbing the man made mountain of Herodium, the fortress-castle built by Herod and his eventual burial ground.
… between Israeli Settlements and Palestinian towns is the planning and organization. Can you guess which one this is?
These people are highly targeted by Hamas in Gaza.
with Shepherd’s field and new-ish Israeli settlement on the left.
… of the actual shepherds field
Getting a little carried away with the sheep fountain.
Supper cool, I don’t know why but we took a picture of the door with a cool “knocker” on it… tourists.
Hey is that the Lee U. Rugby symbol?
That angel is pointing at me.
Not sure if I spelled Franciscan right or not.
Talking all things Middle Eastern Politics with my newest friend Ala. He doesn’t know it yet, but Jesus is about to make himself real to this man. Pray that i might help this man find God’s Grace.
Headed into the Armenian section of the “old city”
Coolest Cops EVER!
Somebody tell Pookie, Ray-ray and dem we here.
The historical aspect escapes me at the moment.
Exploring, looking for shade. SO HOT! Yes both Paige and the weather.
As I was taking this pic, a guy walked into my elbow knocking my camera into my eye and my elboy caught him in the face. A very tense yelling match ensued but nothing came of it thanks to the heavily armed soldiers just a few feet away. Anger will get you every time.
Women were not allowed to actually touch the wall and pray without a head/shoulder cover.
Paige was very respectful to the ladies praying at the Western Wall.
… I am an AMERICAN.
I stayed for a while, had to really be in the spirit for a minute here.
It may be too cliche to say this was a religious experience.
To the left were a bunch of old jewish guys who were obviously pointing and talking about me. Probably because Paige almost went to the “men only” side of the Western Wall.
Need proper head gear to enter the Western Wall prayer area.
The safest I’ve felt since I got here was at the Western Wall, significant military/IDF presence.
So many different types of people in this little spot.
Headed down to pray at “the most contested real estate in the world”
Just before going down to pray at the “Western Wall” of the original temple.
Big dome is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be the built on the spot where Jesus was Crucified and allegedly entombed. BUT! He is RISEN!
Omar- the Kalifa who made it “legal” to be Christian in the Holy Land as long as you pay extra taxes. Dome of the Rock.
The Ramparts, part remaining from Crusaders and partly rebuilt since suround the entire “old city” and walking them is the best way to see everything in a short time.
From the Ramparts
Paige wanted pics of all things Armenien to show her mom and step-dad Sev.
View of the city from the Ramparts.
Ramparts originally built by Crusaders.
Paige and the ramparts built by Crusaders.
At Marsaba Monistary.