Monday, October 18, 2010

Jerusalem Knights festival

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Look! A knight and his steed once again within the walls of Jerusalem's Old City!

The knight's real feet were up on little stilts, well-hidden.
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The horse's movements were so life-like that even the tough policeman stopped to pat his white head.
BTW, they tell me that 15th century armor weighed 25 kilograms while the 21st century infantry soldier carries an equal weight of equipment.
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Enlarge this big map of the Old City hanging near the Jaffa Gate to read what to expect along the route in the Christian Quarter.
The Jerusalem Knights festival is taking place every Thursday night during October.
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You don't really have to look for the signs to know which direction to walk,

you just have to go with the flow.
Oi, I've never seen so many Israelis crowded into the narrow lanes of the Old City.
Pity those who came with baby strollers.
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But after seeing the royal reception, a leper, Greek muse, court jester, witch, Merlin and the giant, buffoons, jugglers, peddlers, etc., it was nice to hear the handsome troubadour sing.
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The slave market.

The royal music box, looking like the first computer.

Action at the Muristan Square!

The juggler twirled two flaming sticks next to the fountain.
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All these talented young people in the festival were from the Balbalu street theatre.
Old-style music under the arches.
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Not to worry, big guns are normal here.
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Hope you enjoyed this special tour for That's My World Tuesday.
Shalom from Jerusalem!
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16 comments:

Rob and Mandy said...

Looks so european! And a bit weird, the mixture of fun, music, and Tsahal.

jeannette said...

Yes, I had the same reaction -but I'm getting the feeling that Jerusalem is a progressive city!

Yaelian said...

I read about that event,but could not go.So I enjoyed your pictures of the event instead:-)Nice!

Robin said...

Looks fun! We were supposed to go last week but Itai was sick, and then the friend we planned to meet there called from the road, said he'd been driving for two hours (from the Sharon) and was still only in SHORESH and was bagging it and turning around.

With traffic that bad I think we'll end up giving it a miss. Shame, I was quite looking forward to it.

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JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

great festival:)

Leif Hagen said...

It was obviously a very fun, amusing festival good for people of all ages!

ρομπερτ said...

Made me wonder about time and whether it did pass much. A great festival it must have been indeed, with such a background.

Please have a good Tuesday.

daily athens

p.s.: will check the link tonight.

Hilda said...

It looks a fun festival, but I can't help but think why the knights were there and what happened, and I just cringe.

Petrea said...

Such an entertaining post, thank you for all the photos, Dina. This is an unexpected event. A delight. And that last picture is something else. They all are, really.

cieldequimper said...

Now that's a ball. I would have loved it but am thankful the time of Crusades is over.

Jenn Jilks said...

Fabulous shots! I agree about the strollers...

Cheers from Cottage Country !

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World posting

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Kay said...

That sounded like a lot of fun and festivity. Still, the Crusaders being there was not a good thing, right?

Dina said...

Shalom to all. It's funny maybe, but Israelis are very interested in Crusader history. I don't sense any hard feelings, despite what happened. Right now I'm reading the book _The Horns of Hattin._

Cloudia said...

Oh my! I am sending this to my cousin in NYC. It will make her nostalgic for her younger years in Israel :)



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VP said...

You tipped me about this pictures in advance, but I wouldn't have imagined such a huge thing. It must be very nice to see the Old City full of music,armors and costumes.
A bit too full of people you say, but this always happens for these events everywhere.