From the crowded streets and alleys we exited through the Jafa gate and made our way by foot to the top of the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City and several grave yards. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. Per the guide book the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven and a major site of Christian pilgrimage as well as one kick ass sunset over the Jerusalem! We befriended a young kid who pointed out all the sites from this great vantage point from the Golan Hight and West Bank with it dividing wall to Bentham off in the distance. We watch the sun set completely before making the long walk back (at least this was downhill), we did not count the steps on the way up, but there was a lot.
We grab dinner on the go as we worked our way back through the streets to the check point at the Western Wall and an 8:30 tour (yes we went on one tour). This was the only way to see the excavated areas under and around the Western Wall. It was an excellent history lesson. I found it interesting reading between the lines as our Israeli guide tried to tell a nonbiased account of the story. It was not 10:00 when we exited the tunnels and we made our way back to our hotel and some e-mails for me and some face time and snap chatting for Jake before calling it a night around 11:30