Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane – such a sad, beautiful place.

Poppies everywhere

It was just like being in a sample sale where they sold gorgeous patent bags at 90% off and you had absolutely no money. Imagine the sadness? Then multiply that by a million!

So peaceful, quiet, and somber

The Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried the cross

Beautiful flowers abounded

Outside the Garden of Gethsemane – business as usual. 

This is the common street food: bread shaped like an elongated donut, topped with sesame seeds


And here is my friend the General, showing you the ginormous bread. He is very gallant and dashing, while his wife, Tita Baby, is extremely and breathtakingly beautiful.

We had a really fast, abrupt, 15 minute lunch! My plate: pasta and fish fillet

Also some salad and a bit of bread

Then we went to this really old chapel, the Church of the Nativity

Lots of gilded things

Squillion-year-old painted stuff

Me and my sister looking cheeky

Beautiful stained glass depicting the Nativity

And outside – bags embroidered with Jerusalem. Souvenirs at a pittance, suspiciously looking like they came from China

Back at Ramada hotel, we had more buffet dinner: fish, beef stew, mashed potato, and some cute, round little carrots

Some salad, hummus, and eggplant

They had really small apples

And in lieu of butter (since they were into the kosher thing), we had margarine!


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