Dave's Trip to Israel
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In the spring of 1995, I went to Tel-Aviv, Israel to visit and train a
customer on our products. Everyone I met in Israel was positively
wonderful--including the cab driver who took me around and told me some
very nice stories. The customers I worked with were great and they
showed me many cool places. An Israeli friend of mine had just moved
back before my visit and gave me some great tours of Tel-Aviv on the
back of his motorcycle. These photos are from my stay in Tel-Aviv,
visit to Jerusalem, and my long stay-over in Frankfurt, Germany on the
way back to the states.
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Views of the Old City of Jerusalem from high on a hill
I did not realize before I travelled to Israel, but the
entire Old City of Jerusalem is within walls that you can see
here. The Old City is huge and there are many, many hallways
and passages and shops and living locations and you could become lost
inside there just about instantaneously.
The Old City of Jerusalem
Left of the Old City
Right of Old City
Further Left of Old City
Some guy happened by with a camel, and it sat down, so I
I think I recall that a wealthy couple (from America?) donated a
"balcony" with this lovely view. It isn't really a balcony; it is a
huge turn-off from the road, like a rest area on the highway, big
enough for many buses and it has a spectacular.
The Tomb of Rachel. Although this is in now-Palestinian-controlled
Bethlehem, there were Israeli guards on patrol there and many Jews
praying at the tomb. I have heard that they have renovated this entire
area since I was there.
"That is Damascus Gate on the North-West side of the
Old City of Jerusalem. Gate in the lower left of the
picture is the original gate dating from the Roman period."
Thanks to Loren Griffith for the
Inside the Old City of Jerusalem
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The Western Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem is also known as The
Wailing Wall. I did not know before I visited the history that led to
it being called The Wailing Wall. This is a link to a
shot from the Wailing Wall.
The Dome of the Rock.This is the high holy location where Abraham first
proved his belief in God and was prepared to kill his son. It is also
the place where the Muslims believe Mohammed ascended. It is where the
First and Second Jewish Temples were built and destroyed. For a lont
time now it has been the site of this Muslim mosque. The (real!) gold roof was
a gift from King Hussein of Jordan. I believe that this single
structure is one of the most recognizable things in all of Jerusalem
and perhaps all of Israel.
The Third Station of the Cross.
Our guide pointed out several "Stations of the Cross" along some of the
walkways in the Old City that trace the walk that Jesus did with the
cross. This is the location where Jesus first fell while dragging the
The Fourth Station of the Cross.
I think this was the one where Jesus stopped and talked to the women of
The Fifth Station of the Cross.
I don't know what happened here, but the man in the left of the picture
is Albert, our excellent tour guide from United Tours. He spoke much
Arabic inside the Old City and was fluent in at least French and
English. I toured with many French-speaking Canadians.
One of the many passageways of the Old City--this one with TV
antennas reaching to the sky.
A very special church-thing.
The religious man with the beard would not let me go in to see
anything, because I was wearing shorts. I took this from where I
was allowed to stand. (Do not wear shorts to the Old City!)
A lovely mosaic depicting how they cared for the body of Jesus after they
removed him from the cross.
The rest of the mosaic with the stone where they washed Jesus--the
center picture in the mosaic.
The Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
It has all been rebuilt since 1967, so everything looks much, much
newer and fresher than the other parts of the Old City.
The Cardo in the Jewish Quarter.
This was the road that the Romans built I think, long ago. Now those
pillars are in a very nice courtyard where lots of little kids were
kicking soccer balls around.
The Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem
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One of the hills of Jerusalem is dedicated as a Memorial to the
Holocaust with a cemetery and a museum and park and lots of interesting
The Day of Rememberance Candelabra.
This large, six-stemmed candelabra is lit only on the Day of
Rememberance for the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The Hall of Rememberance. I believe this is one of the most important
places here. It is a large room with all stone walls representing the
Jews under the opression of the large cement roof pressing down on the
stones. The floor lists each of the Nazi concentration camps where
Jews were killed. The flame and the stone and flowers are also
important reminders of all the Jews killed in the Holocaust.
"All That Remains" -- I believe that was the title of this sculpture.
It is an eerie representation of a heap of ownerless leather shoes.
Some newer developments around Jerusalem on one of the hills.
I peeked through some bushes I saw while walking around at the memorial
and this view was impressive, so I took a picture.
Views from Around Tel-Aviv
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Some places down and across from the beach.
This is another fun shopping and eating area along the beach.
Construction in Israel is a little different than in Boston.
This is a beautiful square, elevated above the street--cars drive
underneath and there are nice people-ramps up on all sides. Dizengoff
Square is also where a terrorist bomber got rejected from the mall just
down the street and detonated his bomb in the street (or was it on a bus?) near
here. Fortunately, all the damage of that blast is pretty well hidden
from this excellent tourist area. The Tel Aviv Hard-Rock Cafe was very
close to here, although I hear it has been closed now.
A closer shot of the fountain in Dizengoff Square.
The fountain is pretty big and quite colorful. Kind of a retro 70's
disco kind of thing, which is very hip for the 90s now.
In Israel, old men pass time by feeding pigeons.
Just like any old park or plaze in any old country, I suppose.
Blue Moon seems to be a popular ice cream around there. And that hot dog on
the right side is called "The Original Boston Hot Dog"...
...and it is available at the Boston Deli
Being from Boston, I found that particularly amusing. This "food
court" is in the mall just down the street from Dizengoff Square.
I stopped at the very Irish-sounding Mulligan's Irish Bar a few times
since I was staying a short walk away. You can't quite tell that it
says Mulligan's, but you might be able to make out the shamrock. I
took this picture from the beach.
The beach was cold, so I had coffee here and watched the lovely
ocean. You can tell by the empty chairs that nobody was enjoying the
beach on this particular day. I found the beach pretty crowded on some
other days that I was there.
And then police on horses came by.
Views from the Sheraton Hotel in Tel-Aviv, Israel
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The view North from my hotel
The view (sort of down), from my hotel balcony.
The walls out in the ocean were implemented to stop the erosion of the
beach. You can see the beach does extend further into the water
directly in from of the wall on the right side of the photo--so it
seems to be working.
One of the busy beach-side "joints"
The skyline view from my hotel.
An Israeli pigeon on my balcony.
The pigeon and the Tel-Aviv skyline.
The view of the pool below my hotel balcony.
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I planned for a lay-over in Germany during my return
flight so I could
see some more sights.
The view as I came up from the Hauptwache subway stop.
German people dancing to some fancy German music. And a lot of
pretzels in the background.
"Leaving In Las Vegas??"--sounds like a translation problem to
A church I saw while walking around.
They paint their trolleys quite a lot in Frankfurt. Beat the US (at
least Boston) in that trend.
Another nice steeple.
Some construction on the skyline.
Last picture on the roll...how about a store window?
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