Sunday, April 18, 2010

A bridge to the Holyland

A bridge for Louis la Vache's new Sunday Bridge Series.

In August (2008) the sun would rise over the bridge just after 6:30, as I got off the bus and started walking up the steep hill to my archaeology work.

The roads were still empty at that hour.

At 2:30 p.m., when I finished work, the traffic looked like this.

I had to walk all the way up to the dig on top of the mountain.
The bridge was built recently to give the residents of the Holyland Park apartments quicker access to the roads below as they zip out of their underground parking lot.
Last Sunday I posted about the scandal that had broken about the bribes and fraud involved in getting permission to build so densely and so high into the poor Jerusalem skyline.
Meanwhile, a few days ago previous mayor of Jerusalem Lupolianski was arrested for suspected bribe-taking in the case, and former Prime Minister Olmert is going to be questioned about his suspected part, too.
Oi . . .


L. D. Burgus said...

Oh my, they don't worry about corruption over here, they elect them.... oh never mind. It will be interesting to see how that turns out.

Leif Hagen said...

This CDP blogger community is groovy! Who would have thunk that a woman in Jerusalem and a Cow in San Francisco and others around the world could all post a bridge theme photo on the same day! Cool!

Louis la Vache said...

Oi! is right about Olmert et al!

That said, we could all use a bridge to the Holyland!

«Louis» has posted your bridge at Sunday Bridge IV.

Virginia said...

I am always fascinated with the look of your city as opposed to what we imagine it still looks like.
I think you will be especially interested in the speaker that is here in our city and a guest speaker at our church . Friday he spoke at Temple Emmanu-el but I couldn't be there. I will hear him tomorrow at my church.

Pietro said...

A good description of the day, Dina. Those modern houses with their "covered bridges" are really astonishing.

Cloudia said...

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

jeannette said...

Nice bridge! The streets wouldn't be this empty here at 6:30!

cieldequimper said...

Lots of political things happening, lol! I love the first two views of the bridge.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So many interesting posts this week. These apartments could look worse. At least they appear to be the same color as the surrounding earth. Enjoyed reading about the Palestinian and learning about its use during fasting!


EG Wow said...

A different view of the Ho;y Land than I'm used to seeing.

Sorry to read about the scandals! They are everywhere!

My bridge:

B SQUARED said...

I'm struck by the contrast between the old and the new.

Sean said...

This is great... you have a very interesting blog! Really nice!

moneythoughts said...

What I would like to see: If they find that there was fraud, they should put the hill back that way it was. This would send a signal that corruption will not stand.

Eleonora said...

Don't get me started on corruption... I live in Italy!

Dina these images are stunning, especially the second one! Such vastness, such quiet majesty. Love the "before and after" difference.


Chuck Pefley said...

What a difference a few hours can make! One can hardly reconcile the empty with the packed as being the same roadway!

Good choice for the theme, Dina!

Jew Wishes said...

What beautiful photos, Dina!

The corruption, the bridge to illumination, bridging gaps both wanted and unwanted.

Halcyon said...

Nice choice for the bridge theme. I like hearing your stories as well as seeing the pictures. I still hope to make it to Israel one of these days.