A Travellerspoint blog

Today in Jerusalem

At last we are here! Everyone got their luggage in good order, and we sailed through customs with none of the third degree we had been led to expect. The shuttle from the airport took forever, especially getting through traffic in Jerusalem. But at last we arrived at St George's Cathedral Guesthouse. It is quite lovely and peaceful. The room is basic but large and comfortable.

After getting settled and showered, Nadine and I went for a walk around the neighborhood, which is absolutely fascinating! The cathedral is on the edge of the Muslim Quarter. This was not a place where we would have had any hope of Blending In. We might have been the only unveiled women we saw, and even a few of the men were clad in flowing robes. We passed fascinating little shops, some selling fashions for the discriminating Muslim woman, others selling bulk spices, most of them unknown to us. There were many sidewalk greengrocers. We walked until we came upon the walls of the Old City, which we followed from Herod's Gate to the Damascus Gate before turning up a different street back to the guesthouse.

Then it was time for a nap!

The four of us--and anyone else who might be here are going to find someplace for dinner, at which time, I may add to this entry.

Well, went to dinner with six other folks to a restaurant called Philadelphia for whatever reason. And oh. . my. . . goodness. We ordered the "Philadelphia oriental plate." We asked what that was, and the waiter said "it is a big group of salads and hummus and things." Well. . .let's see if, consulting with Nadine, I can list everything we got:<ul><li> lettuce salad</li><li>white cabbage salad</li><li>red cabbage salad</li><li>tabbouli</li><li>eggplant hummus</li><li>Kofte</li><li>felafel</li><li>beet salad</li><li>spicy carrot salad</li><li>potato salad--in a light vinaigrette</li><li>spicy Turkish salad (sort of like Middle Eastern salsa)</li><li>pita</li><li>fried cheese</li></ul>This would have been plenty for dinner, but we did not know that when we ordered. So I followed it with a dish that layered pita with sauteed chicken breast topped with onions sauteed in a lemon sauce with overtones of cinnamon, and it was also delicious. In addition to the terrific food, we had great conversation, of course, about travel, museums, and food. A lovely evening. And so to bed.

Entrance to Pilgrim Guest House

Entrance to Pilgrim Guest House


Entrance to our room

Entrance to our room


Dining room

Dining room

Posted by mlld3536 17:00 Archived in Israel

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login