The sunshine and the 70 degree weather sure did keep us out and about the last several of days. But let envy not take over your heart, dear snow-bound reader, the rain and cold have dragged me back inside. So here I am with a blanket around my shoulders, the heater on, and a hot cup of tea with in arm's reach; ready to finally share some pictures and a few words on where we have been and what we have seen.
The pictures are from a few days of travel around the Holy Land.
|These holes are graves or burials from a very long long time ago. I say that because I don't remember the date that they are dated back to:) People must have been tiny back then.|
|Russian Orthodox church on the Mount of Olives.|
|Doesn't this picture remind you of this image?|
|In Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity. It supposedly stands on the place/house where Jesus was born.|
The doors are so tiny because it said that the inside of the church was very beautiful at one point. But during battles, loss of powers, etc. people groups would go and and take/steal articles from inside the church. At one point, who ever held power over the church at that moment, decided that they would make the entrances and exits tiny so that nothing else could be carried out of the place.
|This is star is believed to be the place where Jesus was born.|
|Silly, huh?! They may have knocked off the name, but the coffee is no where near Starbucks quality.|
|This museum marks the parable of the Good Samaritan and also it is believed that the inn stood where the museum now stands. The museum holds beautiful mosaics from all over and those that are centuries old.|
|"I see you..." Oh and yes, those are centuries old tombs that the boys are using as back rests.|
|On top of a fortress once used by the Crusaders.|
The left picture, past the girl is the road to Jericho. See how easy it is to get mugged and even killed? Actually, you can still get mugged and be held at knife point to this day on the road to and from Jericho.
That's all folks. Next post will be on monasteries, Jericho, the wilderness, and the land of Samaria.