Thursday, May 10, 2012

A great day of learning

It was a great day--everything I saw was new!
Well, it was all ancient, but it was new to me.

First there was free admission (for International Museum Day) at the Bible Lands Museum.
Then at 4 p.m. I took a guided tour outside of Jerusalem, part of Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi's 3-day marathon of 120 tours.
Our bus took us to the Inn of the Good Samaritan and to Martyrius Monastery.
More on those in the coming days!

The ruins of the monastery are in the middle of a city of 39,000 Jewish Israelis.
The young city of Ma'ale Adumim is just 7 kilometers east of Jerusalem but all around it is desert, the Judean Desert.
Just before 7 p.m. the last rays of sun illuminated its white buildings high on the hill.

Less than 10 minutes later we passed this Palestinian village.
The green lights on the mosque's minaret, to the left, were already shining in the dusk.
For a good look, click on the photo, then click again on the image that opens up.
I thought the layers of colors in the desert sky would be nice for SkyWatch Friday meme.
(More about Ma'ale Adumim at the website of a resident and at Wikipedia.


Dianne said...

What a wonderful time to be in Jerusalem ... you can be a tourist in your own city. Your pics are of two very different lifestyles/cultures obviously within a short distance from each other ... and yes Dina better to see the detail when they are enlarged.

Sara said...

Beautiful skies, Dina. And what town is that in the second photo shining in the setting sun, just barely visible on the most distant hill? It's like a dream.

Anonymous said...

Would love much to walk in a desert. Thank you for this journey. Please have a good Friday.

Louis la Vache said...

Fascinating, Dina!
«Louis» enlarged the photo to see the green lights in the minaret.

Dina said...

Sara, sorry, I don't know. I can't keep up with all the settlements in the West Bank. Will study the map and try to figure out .

cieldequimper said...

I'm looking forward to more. This is a very nice appetiser!

Adullamite said...

Sky pic good when blown up.

Gary said...

Again a great tour. Although there are badlands or deserts in Canada, there are none in this province,so we're touring with you. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

JM said...

Beautiful evening light! Glad you enjoyed your day.

RuneE said...

How I envy you that sky - we have gale force wind and rain :-(

VP said...

I see I need some time to catch up with your latest posts!

Irina said...

Amazing photos.