Market, Ben Yehuda & Shuk
Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem
Caesarea, Tiberias
Capernaum, Cana, Nazareth

Old City
Family pictures
Masada and Ein Gedi
Swimming in the Dead Sea
East Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Last Day in Israel
Trip to the old city for gift shopping.  This is the wall that surrounds the old city.

Melissa was our most excellent tour guide (with a little help).

There was security.
Let the shopping begin.
Hook 'EM Horns ?????
We were in the Christian quarter.
Lots of blue !
No comment.
The church of the Holy Sepulchre

The site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth.

According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull” (Matt. 27:33–35; Mark 15:22–25; John 19:17–24). This has been identified as an area of abandoned stone quarries just outside the city wall of the time.

About 10 years after the crucifixion, a third wall was built that enclosed the area of the execution and burial within the city, and this accounts for the Holy Sepulchre's location inside the Old City of Jerusalem today.
The "Stone of Anointing" where it is believed Jesus was anointed with oil before burial.
"Entrance to Jesus' tomb".

This location in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of several locations believed to be the tomb in which Jesus was placed before his resurrection.
The tomb at the end of the line above.

On October 26, 2016 they removed the marble slab covering the burial bed for the first time since at least 1555 A.D.  Click here to see the Fox News article about that event.

Click here for National Geographic article and video.
Melissa takes Gideon and Samuel on all sightseeing trips.  They represent the children of a friend who lives in Colorado.
Dome of the rock.

Initially built in 691 A.D. on the site of the Roman temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, which had in turn been built on the site of Herod's Temple, destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The original dome collapsed in 1016 and was rebuilt in 1021. The Dome of the Rock is one of the oldest existent works of Islamic architecture.

Market, Ben Yehuda & Shuk