Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jaffa Gate in black, sky in blue

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After days of cold wet grayness, we in Jerusalem finally got our blue sky back, just in time for Sky Watch Friday and for Tu BiShvat (more on that holiday tomorrow).

The view from Paul Emile Botta Street. Botta was the French Consul General in 1847-57 and was a distinguished archaeologist.
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Jaffa Gate seems to be under wraps. See the black cover? (If not, click to enlarge.)
Must be some restoration work. It was built in 1538.
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On the right is the Citadel or "Tower of David."
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And above is the warm blue sky that is so conducive to a good mood!
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23 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Love that warm sky. Great shot.

Spiderdama said...

Great view and shot of the sky in Jerusalem:-)
Shalom!

Bergson said...

a blue sky as i like

susieofarabia said...

Glad to hear you've got your blue skies back. That is really an old building! Amazing that it's still standing...

Benikos place said...

Wow, these are spectacular! I love the streaming light and colors its like in Greece :))

Ann said...

This one really does need enlargement to see all that beautiful stone.

Sara said...

We do seem to be on a similar weather schedule...isn't that interesting! Love seeing the Tower of David...I can remember spending a sunny hour there at the museum one afternoon in May of 1995.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely blue skies they are! Love it! Have a great weekend, Dina!

Sylvia

Cloudia said...

Waikiki has blue skies, but you have the Tower of David - WoW!



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RuneE said...

What is a blue sky without a foreground? You have that foreground

PS We are approaching an unusual "large full moon" - let us hope for that clear sky!

VP said...

Good mood is luckily contagiuos, and this beautiful view of the sky over the Old City increase the pleasure!

Hilda said...

Yay for your beautiful blue sky!

The view of the old walls from here is amazing.

Turquoise Diaries said...

Looks like a wonderful weather Dina. Hope we will have some soon. Very nice photo.

Tina Liel said...

I am kind of panicking when I don't see blue skies for a few days LOL. Also a wonderful day here in merkaz Israel. As always I love your pictures AND your knowledge. HUGS and shabbat shalom

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dina! This whole building must be very old and yet it's in such good condition! It's a very beautiful kind of castle.

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
Reading that the gate was built in 1538 reminded «Louis» of le Pont Neuf, "new bridge", in Paris - finished in 1610....

moneythoughts said...

I will swap you your gray sky for my single digit temperatures. Have any interest?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Reminds me of the artist's Christo and Jean Paul (the covered building). Happy sunny days!

Robin said...

It has been glorious the psat two days, hasn't it? I played hooky yesterday and spent the day on a photo-safari - kalaniot (anemones) and almond blossoms and butterflies, oh my.

Kay said...

I'm happy you have happy skies but I like getting rain, too.

Pietro said...

Splendid view, Dina! I like the green, the buildings and the blue sky.

Kcalpesh said...

Blue is beautiful for a sky :-) Nice shot!

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Hels said...

I wrote a great deal about the Tower of David Days in my blog and at conferences, and managed to show the inside of the exhibition space. But I never showed the moat, Jaffa Gate etc.

So I created a link to your blog and I hope readers will have a look at your photos. Many thanks
Hels
http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2008/11/tower-of-david-days.html