jerusalem, old city, western wall, wailing wall, temple mountThe Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.Now that I’ve caught up on our 2016 R&R to New Zealand, I’m no longer writing about things that happened more than a year ago … just a mere 11.5 months. I’ll take it.Added bonus of neglecting my blog for most of the year: I can combine two separate trips into a single post. Today, I’m sharing highlights from our trips to Jerusalem last December and in May of this year.jerusalem, old city, notre dame center of jerusalemMe and Kail at the Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem.Kail and I took our first trip to Jerusalem in December 2016 with my sister, Rachel, and my cousin, Ralf, who were visiting for a couple weeks just before Christmas. We also took them to Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea, and they visited other sites on their own, including Jerash, the Citadel, Mount Nebo, and Madaba. They even ventured to some places Kail and I have yet to visit, including Karak Castle and the Eastern Desert Castles.jerusalem, old city, notre dame center of jerusalemThe Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem.Our May trip to Jerusalem was timed with a two-week visit by Kail’s parents. The itineraries for both two-night trips were similar. We stayed at the Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem, a beautiful property owned by the Vatican situated right across from the New Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City.jerusalem, old city, temple mount, ramparts walkAtop the Ramparts Walk.We explored the Old City, including a self-guided tour of the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion, ending inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the site of his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, where his empty tomb is now enshrined.jerusalem, old city, ramparts walkThe Ramparts Walk.We did the Ramparts Walk along the walls surrounding the Old City, which afforded sweeping views within the Old City itself and the panorama outside of it. We visited the Garden of Gesthemane, where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before his crucifixion, and climbed the Mount of Olives.jerusalem, old city, temple mount, mount of olivesView of the Dome of the Rock and Mount of Olives from our hotel rooftop.On our December trip, we also visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built over what is said to be the birthplace of Jesus. We didn’t make it to Bethlehem on our May trip, but we did visit the Israel Museum, which houses a lot of interesting exhibits, including the Dead Sea Scrolls.bethlehem, church of the nativity, birthplace of jesusInside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.There’s definitely more to see in Jerusalem, and we hope to make it back one day to explore more both inside and outside the Old City.What are your holiday travel plans?See more photos from Jerusalem.

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

2 thoughts on “Jerusalem

  1. How fun! I visited Israel several times as a kid. This October my husband went with me for his first visit. We stayed two weeks and had the best time. My Arabic came in handy when I was able to bypass a three hour line at the Church of the Nativity. I asked to enter through the exit with all the Palestinians who were getting special access. Lesson learned. No more fall visits. It’s an amazing place and I’m envious of how close you are to it.


    1. It was definitely less crowded in December vs. May, but it seems like any time of year would be busy with tourists. October/November is great weather in this region, though. Glad to hear you got to experience Jerusalem with your husband. Trips are always more fun when you can share experiences and make memories together!Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 😀


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