Jerusalem: Part 1

                JERUSALEM

It seems frivolous to discuss  hotels at the beginning of a review of this fantastic city, but it is important to choose the best location when spending 4 days. It needs to be close enough to walk to sites and convenient for breaks during/after excursions.

The Inbal Hotel was a good choice.

Inbal Hotel Lounge2 Lovely room on the 8th floor,   with a balcony overlooking a slice of the Old City , and 2 lounge chairs. (These are important factors when over 70.) Hotel Inbal PoolSwimming unkinked those walking muscles and the terry-cloth robes facilitated going and coming comfortably. The hotel was expensive but we regrouped some losses with the use of the Executive Lounge that came with rooms on the 8th and 9th floors : light meals, spirits, coffee were always available gratis.

Inbal-exacutive_lounge

And we spent all sunsets up here.

When we arrived at the hotel, our guide Roy Brody  was waiting. Over coffee, he laid out our strategy  for the next few days. Being both a Brit and an Israeli with twenty-five years of guiding and an art history degree from L.A.—he was perfect for 2 Americans. He had a remarkable understanding of what we wanted to see, and since we were 70+, how many sites. And we were off to The Damascus Gate!

Damascus Gate

This is the most monumental  and crowded entrance to The Old City. Roy steered us around the right side of the arch, over the plaza and into the Souk. This covered and narrow Bazaar wound between the buildings and was packed with small, appealing shops on either side.

Souk Market4

Crowded, noisy, people coming and going or just standing still…it was delightful. These Bazaars  are a fascinating view into the thriving Arab Community. This El Wad Street with its stone arched walls and ceiling where any empty space, nook, has been converted into a shop or restaurant. The wonderful odors of spices, fruit and cooking permeate the air.

To be continued on 8/18…..

About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels. Kevin Klimczak, extraordinaire, is the website designer and editor of the blogs.
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2 Responses to Jerusalem: Part 1

  1. rabbiray says:

    What a delightful article-keep them coming!!!

  2. Ann says:

    What a joy it must have been to sit out on the hotel balcony and gaze out over the old city at sunset. Wow.

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