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Here we are in Jerusalem!

As I write this, I am sitting in the garden of the Cathedral Guesthouse. It is brilliantly sunny and deliciously cool and breezy in the shade. We are jet-lagged but recovering after as good a trip as 12 hours on two planes can be.

The most interesting thing about the trip was the plane ride from Dulles to Newark. We knew the plane would be a puddle-jumper, but didn't realize how much of one until we headed down the walk way, which went down, down, down, and let us out on the tarmac. There we saw a little plane with propellors and a small set of stairs to climb up into it. The body of the plane was situated under the wings, and it cruised at 13,000 feet. But its purpose was to get us to Newark, and it did that noisily and with a good bit of vibration but efficiently and on time. But I was really frustrated that I had shut off my phone before checking in and so could not get a picture.

The rest of the trip was typical of a smooth flight lasting ten hours across seven time zones. Tiring, but nothing to complain about. We arrived on time in Jerusalem and even got a cab driver who knew exactly where our guesthouse was. "My GPS is in here!" he said, tapping his head. Our plan now is to attend evening prayer at the cathedral, only a few steps away and then go to dinner at Nafoura, a place I have happy memories of from two years ago.

  • **** After dinner:

Well my memories of Nafoura are entirely accurate. However, the route that was clearest required a walk to the Jaffa gate, which is significantly farther away than I had remembered, and of course, we were pretty tired from our trip. However, we persevered, and it was quite worth it. The setting was as lovely as I remembered--a courtyard up against the wall of the Old City, filled with blossoming trees and shrubs. Marty was delighted, and we both felt the long walk was worth it. The dinner matched the setting. The downside of dining out in this area for just a couple is that you miss the wonderful array of mezze that usually precede the main course. But we were happy with the hummus and a kind of baba ghanoush whose name on their menu I forget. Then we had delicious kebabs of chicken, veggies, and ground lamb. Mine came with a lamb chop as well. All were perfectly grilled and had a tantalizing aroma from their distinctive spices. Then another long walk back. I saved some trudging and climbing by deciding to leave the Old City by New Gate instead of Jaffa Gate. We did take a wrong turn, which cost us less than ten minutes, but we returned to the guesthouse tired but full and happy.

And so to bed.

Guesthouse Garden

Guesthouse Garden

First Night at Nafoura

First Night at Nafoura

Posted by mlld3536 17:00 Archived in Israel

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