It was pouring rain when we arrived in Old Jerusalem, but nothing dampened the bustle of the Old City. And within a day, the weather was sunny and seasonal. So much to see! The history of the Old City is layers thick: the neolithic peoples, The early Jews, the Romans, the Crusaders, the Ottomans… each built on top of the other so in places you can literally see each successive conquest like an amazing stone onion.
We stayed in the Ecce Homo Convent Guesthouse which was built in the 18oos on the site of the 1st station of the Cross. Run by les souers de Sion, the place is spartan but clean and has breakfast and free wifi in the library. The views from the roof were phenomenal.
Alas, it was not all fabulous sightseeing since both of us came down with dysentary which slowed us down a bit. Fortunately for everyone on the plane back to NY, the airport had lots of cheap immodium… which prevented a great deal of misfortune.
I left Israel feeling that I’d only had an appetizer and I must return someday to really explore and learn about this ancient land with many cultures; its history and its present.