Start your morning here with a cup of hot strong Greek coffee.
Listen to the birds sing in the several aviaries.
Say Kalimera! -- good day! -- to the monk in black.
Yes, believe it or not, it's a lovely little cafe in the courtyard of an ancient Greek Orthodox Monastery.
Watch your head when you enter through the squat gate.
In fact, I think it might be the only entrance to the Monastery of the Holy Cross.
Today the fascinating place is well within Jerusalem but when it was
first built, its location--the Valley of the Cross--was far from
civilization and in dangerous territory; hence the thick walls and
See more about it in my previous posts.
UPDATE: A nice article about the "not a cafe, but a holy place" is in the Jerusalem Post.
http://allaboutjerusalem.com/tour/monastery-cross has a 2-minute guided tour on video.
(A post for Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)