Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jerusalem,Israel #PlacesWithGhadir

About Places With Ghadir: Full name "Places I want to visit with Ghadir". This is a series inspired by what I want to do with Jeem(Ghadir). Travel the world. Duh!

Jerusalem, recognized as one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. Jerusalem has a lot of history to offer. Just looking at the photo's of modern day Jerusalem makes you want to go and marvel at the human made sculptures of the past. This is a beautiful city. Almost as beautiful as the women that was born in it, Ghadir. Just almost, cause nothing can be as beautiful as Ghadir. 

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I used to always listen in amazement when she would tell me about growing up over seas. Traveling to the states and having lay overs in Paris. So when I went to make a list of sites I had to go straight to her. I say "I" and not "we" cause she lived there, she seen it all. Maybe the JJ's will get to come. So the "I" becomes a "We".

The first thing she said was the biblical sites. Me being me and a lover of museum I replied back saying that I seen they have a "Bible lands museum". Only to be told that, that was commercialized. Stupid me why would I want to travel around the world to go to a museum in the city where the sites are.

That's like coming to Georgia and just reading about Stone Mountain in a book. After being told that it was commercialized it hit me that you can go to the sites. Stand in the spots where throughout history the events happen. 

Jerusalem from Mount Scopus
The Mount of Olives

also Mount Olivet, Hebrew: ‫הר הזיתים‬‎, Har HaZeitim; Arabic: جبل الزيتون, الطور‎, Jabal az-Zaytūn, Aț-Țūr) is a mountain ridge east of Jerusalem's Old City in East Jerusalem. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. It is said by believers that Jesus gave an end-time prophecy at this location. The Mount of Olives is associated predominantly with Jewish and Christian traditions but also contains several sites important in Islam. The mount has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and holds approximately 150,000 graves.

I can't wait to hike to the top, I also see that it's camel rides. CAMEL RIDES. I got pretty pump when I seen that. I never been on a camel, you can guess that. 

Safra Square
Safra Square (Hebrew: כיכר ספרא‎, Kikar Safra) is the site of Jerusalem's city hall. The compound was named for Jacob and Esther Safra, parents of Jewish philanthropist Edmond J. Safra. Construction began in 1988 but was only completed in 1993. Safra Square, at the eastern end of Jaffa Road, is bounded on the east by Shivtei Yisrael (Tribes of Israel) Street and forming a triangle with Tzahal Square and the walls of the Old City. Some of the historic buildings of the Russian Compound were restored and incorporated into the municipal complex.

At the entrance of the complex is Daniel Garden, named for Jerusalem mayor Daniel Auster. The garden contains several works of art: a sculpture based on a large, working Archimedes screw that carries water up from a small pool, "Modern Head"; a sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein donated in memory of assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin; and "The Binding of Isaac" by Jerusalem sculptor Avraham Ofek.

Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Arab food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze.

Pool of Siloam
Pool of Siloam (Hebrew: בריכת השילוח‎) (Breikhat Hashiloah) is a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem, located outside the walls of the Old City to the southeast. The pool was fed by the waters of the Gihon Spring, carried there by two aqueducts.

I really can't wait to visit Israel, it's way more things I want to do that I didn't list. Visit the last supper room, so much history that will be right in front of my eyes. I'm a history buff, it get's no better then this. 

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