Hezekiah’s Tunnel then on to Bethlehem

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Pool of Siloam

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You can see how deep the water was

This was one of those places you can read about but need to experience it to grasp it.  Starting from the City of David, it was built to bring water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem and still has water running through it (in some places the water was 2 to 3 feet deep).  We changed into shorts and talked our way around the “water shoes required” policy and entered the tunnel.  For the next 20 minutes we walked in cold water exploring the 1,760 feet long passage that was chipped out by two gangs of workmen began at each end and worked towards the center.

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Dark and small at times

 

We used our phones as flashlights to guide our way through this cramped and very dark passage way.

 

We exited the cool tunnels to the heat of the city and

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A view from inside theTower of David

opted for a taxi to the Tower of David.  We had passed it several times over the last two days, but never catching a time when it was open.  The Tower of David is a real castle complete with DSC_3883 everything two boys would want in a fortress.

 

The view of the city for the upper part of the tower was a great way to finish our time in Jerusalem.DSC_3885
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Once again we picked up lunch on the run to eat on the ride to Bethlehem, which we had set up the night before. In Bethlehem we visited the Nativity Church as the Mosque of Omar across the street call the “faithful to prayer”. 20140502_131332

 

There must have been no room in the mosque, because we were in the middle of large group of Muslim praying all over the place.  There were Muslims praying, in from to the church, in front of the Mosque, in the court yards, in a parking lot, on the sidewalks and streets, as we entered the birth place of Jesus.

From Bethlehem, back through Jerusalem and on to Tel Aviv and finally the Airport.  We were stopped at only one check point as we made our way out of a region I left more confused about then when I entered.  I had read several books on the history, and politics of the region before our tip and still had trouble explaining things to Jake and myself. Everything is so intertwined and so many things have multiple answers to the same question.
The Holy Land

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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