Always a Surprise


No matter how many times I come to Jerusalem there is something new to see.  I do a lot of walking, always the best way to see a city and Jerusalem has so many interesting places to walk.  It’s also quite hilly so you really get your exercise here.  It’s such a cross between religious neighborhoods of all “stripes”, the secular Western world (unusual in this part of the world), and a place that celebrates a global presence.

Taking a different route this morning, brought me to the backside of an abandoned Christian orphanage on a prime piece of Jerusalem real estate that is now being turned into modern luxury apartments.

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The columns on either side of this entry are distinctly marking a Jewish home and then at the bottom of the left hand column is a symbol directing you to the closest bomb shelter.
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Watching the world go by- boys and girls go to separate schools. The girls are now out for the summer while the boys have a few more weeks.
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In downtown Jerusalem many of the side streets have these distinct objects for different cultures. Here is the tribute to China and this also gives you a sense of what the streets looks like.
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A tribute to Mexico
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A tribute to Brazil, and the upcoming Olympics. Every day we see new ones cropping up.
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Not sure about the umbrellas but they look great in the wind (very hot here so any wind is a blessing)
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Nepal: many Israelis travel to Nepal after they complete their army service. If you go to Nepal you are sure to meet Israeli travelers.
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Schneller Compound, founded in 1855 by Maronite Christians as an orphanage that until 1903 cared for over 1500 children.
Used as an army barracks by the Turks, then by the British, and finally by the Haganah (Israeli forces) in 1948. It became a public parking lot and now will be over 200 luxury apartments, supposedly preserving the 8 original buildings.
Used as an army barracks by the Turks, then by the British, and finally by the Haganah (Israeli forces) in 1948. It became a public parking lot and now will be over 200 luxury apartments, supposedly preserving the 8 original buildings.

 

 

 

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