Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A gutter on the go in a back alley of Jerusalem -- for ABC Wednesday G-day.
Seeing it made me start singing the kid song:
"The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. "
Monday, August 30, 2010
Come, step through the (almost always locked) little door in the big gate, enter a hidden garden.
The monastery wall separates you from busy Agron Street, the big hotels, and modern Jerusalem.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The neighborhood stray cats have taken over the young neighbors' little sitting corner.
It is too hot for the kitties to do much else than snooze in the shade.
A peaceful picture for Camera-Critter Sunday.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
A battle in the skies of Jerusalem?!
Who will win, the mast of Calatrava's Bridge of Strings or the giant cranes?
The cranes are working in a deep pit that we saw in a previous post.
The crane's shadow, for Shadow Shot Sunday, suddenly curves as it hits the side wall of the 80-meter-deep pit.
There is a big machine near the air hose. I think they are starting to bore a tunnel for the future high speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train.
This hole will someday be the train station, and it will double as a bomb shelter.
The bridge, or at least the top part of it, is for Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges.
I love this photo.
The Muslim opens a sabra for a nun while the Jew takes their picture.
Friday, August 27, 2010
He himself is a Sabra (a native-born Israeli), so since childhood he has known how to pick and peel this fruit of the cactus.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Jerusalem is going to have a dedicated bicycle lane??
Hard to believe!
The pictures of bikes along the new sidewalk is a good sign though.
As we saw in yesterday's post, Jaffa Street is getting ready to have its first-ever tram, in April inshallah.
The new sidewalk has been made, trees have been planted, and little shelters for future tram riders have been built.
In the photo above, the light rail tracks are to the left of the station.
Here's how that part of Jaffa Street looked in December 2008 when the rails were still above ground.
This is the way I often walk from the Central Bus Station to the Mahaneh Yehuda market.
It is faster to walk than to sit in a bus that is trapped by the congestion of having only one or two lanes open for traffic.
Living in Jerusalem takes a lot of patience.
You know, I'm thinking now . . . they probably are making a bike path in order to keep bike riders off the tram lane.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The tram/light rail is making progress toward its predicted April completion date.
All up and down Jaffa Street I saw cosmetic touches being made, before my very eyes!
The poles that will supply the overhead electricity for the trams got beautified!
First the two workmen wrapped a skirt around the base.
Then, with drill in hand, they wrapped her--I mean IT--with the top part of the crenelated skirt that slid down and got tucked into the base
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
A black cat finds shade under the table near the monastery's fruit trees.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
It is very little, but it is a bridge.
And today it is for Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges.
The wooden bridge crosses the dry moat around Jerusalem's Citadel, also (erroneously) called the Tower of David.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Israel is starting our 4th straight week of ridiculous temperatures averaging ten degrees C above the normal.
At Yardenit, near the Sea of Galilee, it was well above 43 C or 109 F in the shade; so the management turned on a big mister fan for the poor tourists.
I think that's what you call it.
It made shpritzim in a huge wind.
Blogger friend Robin* started a meme called Summer Stock Sunday.
The theme is activities and memories of summer.
I think the hottest August in recorded history is what we Israelis will remember about the summer of 2010.
Wish I had that huge misting fan at home . . .
*Robin and her family drove up to visit my village last April. That was a sweltering day too, but fun to meet them for the first time.
Surprise surprise! I turned on the light and found this little guy trying in vain to climb out of my bathroom sink.
After taking a video of his brave and energetic but futile efforts, I gave him a boost up and out.
He ran behind the washing machine. Fine with me.
He is welcome to stay.
The fly swatter made a pretty pattern for Shadow Shot Sunday and my little animal friend is good for Camera-Critters.
To see a big green perfectly camouflaged outdoor-type chameleon, click here.
And one which lost half its tail is here. And another whatever-they-are-called on my ceiling.
UPDATE! Wikipedia has a whole very interesting article about the Mediterranean house gecko or more commonly Turkish Gecko as it is represented in its Latin name Hemidactylus turcicus.
UPDATE 2016: National Geographic's explanation on the gecko's difficulty in the sink.
Friday, August 20, 2010
The two signs on the side of this van was what I was after at the time, in 2008.
Had I known that James would start his Weekend Reflections meme in the future, I would have focused more on the car windows.
This is what the Hebrew means in English.
Reflected is Christ Church and their guest house, located in the Old City near Jaffa Gate.
It is the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, built in 1849.
Inside the glass showcase you can read some of their history.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This is the countryside of our Jerusalem Hills, also known as the Hills of Judea.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Just behind the Old City ramparts stands the ancient Citadel.
Now, for the first time in thousands of years, it no longer serves a strategic purpose.
Also known as the Tower of David, this fort has been turned into the museum for the history of Jerusalem.
I went searching for benches in the Citadel courtyard.
This one sits inside the remains of a tower, part of the city fortifications from the Second Temple period (1st century of the Common Era).
This tower was built on an even earlier tower.
If you'd like more shade, try sitting under the olive tree.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Eco-tourism, environment, ecology, and education are good starters for ABC Wednesday's E-Day.
The Jerusalem Bird Observatory is a wild acre in a prime location at the heart of the city.
Even its buildings are ecologically sound, very "green."
See the roof of the Visitors Center? It looks like a prairie!
When the winter rains come that will all hopefully be green and flowering.
It is a real "living building."
Birds on the trees, birds on the birdbath and the feeder.
There is also a pond out there.
Behind this special wall will be nest boxes and bat boxes.
You can see flecks of bright colors. These are the recycled colored bottle caps the material is made of!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Stars on Beit Tavor, 1889, built and lived in by architect Conrad Schick.
"An anchor plate or wall washer is a large plate or washer connected to a tie rod or bolt. Anchor plates are used on exterior walls of masonry buildings, for structural reinforcement. Being visible, many anchor plates are made in a style that is decorative."