The ability to not get hopelessly lost in Jerusalem’s Old City felt like the pinnacle of achievements once upon a time. One always knows that there is more to see, but the new Enjoy Jerusalem website really proves the point.
A little-known treasure for the visiting set, and a little-visited site for anyone not from the Silwan neighbourhood of Jerusalem, the spring (Ayin) is rather an oasis set amid a somewhat less tranquil area where excavations to find the lost ‘City of David’ mean increasing pressure on residents.
Above the hustle and bustle, a stroll along the top of Jerusalem’s Old City walls means a flip of perspective; like seeing things from the inside out. That goes for everything from the markets to the communal church gardens, the old battlements and the city’s history as a fortress, as well as the back side of the Israeli police headquarters, all smushed into one square kilometre.
The party gets going in earnest after the night prayer, just before 10pm. But head to the Old City a little earlier to make the most of your wander-about and take in the new phenomenon of lights blazing up the arched alleyways. Continue reading
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After discovering I’ll likely be stranded in the Middle East without a passport for the next month, my beloved Jerusalem once again dolled out a delightful surprise Wednesday, and I stumbled upon part of the Glenn Beck rally at the Israeli municipal buildings.