This is the view of the western wall from our hotel in Jerusalem. Quite impressive to watch the pilgrims come from all over to pray, and to touch the stones, and some to weep. For me there is a sense of the eternal in this place.
The Via Dolorosa thought to be the way of the cross as walked by Christ on the way to his crucifixion. The path is now lined with shops and bazaars. It is also thought that the way has been changed over the years and may be a bit of a detour. However, it is still quite an experience to be in Jerusalem and visit the places held to be holy by not only Christians but Jews and Muslims. I walked the Via Dolorosa in awe of what it represents to me.
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. A bit of a journey to get here. First of all Bethlehem is in the occupied territory and our Israeli guide could not accompany us. We were met on the border by our Arab Christian guide. We visited The church of the Nativity which is said to be built over the birth place of the Saviour. And then the gift shop where we purchased nativity scenes carved out of olive tree wood and a bible with mother of pearl cover complete with pictures of the “Holy Land”. Treats for me…the only Christian in our small family group. We did not wander here as we did in Jerusalem. It was a bit daunting.
We road the tram to the top of Masada. Here I am looking out over the barren land below. Hard not to feel the quiet of that place and the isolation. There are sacred places in this world and this is one.
We did not have time to float in this salten sea so I settled for wading around a bit. When you are in a desert as vast as the Negev you appreciate any body of water. I found this sea along with the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee to be intriguing and somewhat mystical.
We're Montie and David, and we are always looking for an adventure. I am the writer and David the photographer. Because of this division of labor you will see me in more pictures than him, and probably because I am the one making the decisions about what to print and what to write. That being said, I could not do this without his great skill and vision. The photos you see in the section above are samples of some of our adventures which include the random weekend fancy and our many planned excursions all over the world. I hope to be blogging about them all as we go along. See more of David's great photos by following him on Instagram at ravinslavin.