|With my good friend Jim at the King David Hotel|
Just down from our lodgings is the Israeli Tourist Bureau so we stopped by to get some directions to the Prima Royale Hotel. We planned to meet my friend Jim there at noon. After learning the hotel was only 20 minutes away by foot, we decided to walk. (You may recall that my good friend Jim was on a tour in Israel and we knew we'd both be in Jerusalem on the same day -- with Jim having a free day). So, we headed for his hotel at about 9 a.m.
|The Dome inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.|
We found the hotel with a bit of help from a local. What I thought were the actions of a good Samaritan turned out to be a professional "helper" and his directions cost us about $20!! I was a bit surprised, but learned a valuable lesson about the inhabitants of this wonderful city.
We met with Jim and spent the next couple of hours walking around a part of the Old City. Jim invited us to join his "tour" for a guided walk through a nice section of Jerusalem and part of the Old City. We were to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. All of us agreed it would be great opportunity see part of the city with a professional guide. We met the walking tour at 3 p.m. and spent the next 3 hours enjoying the walk and discussion of the Old City and the Church itself.
|Myself with Peter at the Church. Peter is a Brother|
serving the Roman Catholic Church and is from Iran.
Today's custodians are the Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostic, Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, the Coptic Orthodox and the Ethiopian Orthodox Churches. During our visit there we witnessed three different religious celebrations.
At about 6:30 we bid farewell to our guide and to Jim and made our way back to out lodgings. A light dinner capped a perfect day in the Old City.