Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Topless music

Located in the Old City's Christian Quarter, this is the old 19th century Imperial Hotel -- on a normal day.

But yesterday was not your normal day.
For some strange reason, unknown to me, five young tourist men were up on a third floor balcony serenading Omar Ibn al-Khattab Square with brass band music.
Maybe the guys were simply celebrating the fact that they were here being warmed by Israel's still-summer-like sun. They were bare-chested.


cieldequimper said...

And did you enjoy the serenade?

Leif Hagen said...

I wouldn't mind a little sun on my bare back right now! I'm all covered up in my winter coat! Darn snow!

Cloudia said...


Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral



Hels said...

What a fantastic idea.

Mind you, the balcony doesn't look very big - no wonder they took their clothes off :)

Anonymous said...

Music surely reaches deep inside. Interesting detail as well the Greek writing below the Hotel sign.

Please have a good Thursday.

daily athens

Dina said...

Ciel, sure, the music was such a surprise. But I would not want to have music every day in the Old City. The quiet is nice, punctuated by church bells ringing, the muezzin calling, and sometimes a shofar sounding.

Leif, I would so like to trade weather with you, at least for a few days.

Cloudia, haha, good one. You know Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Elder? I once heard an Israeli read his name from unvowelled Hebrew and it came out as "Fellini."

Hels, good point, LOL. Yes, it was standing room only on that little balcony.

Robert, Yes, maybe we need more music in Jerusalem then.
I knew you would like the Greek writing. The building, like many others, belongs to the Greek Orthodox church. The Church is second only to the State of Israel in the amount of land and property owned. Even the Knesset sits on their land, which we lease from the Greeks.

VP said...

A reverse serenade: they were on the balcony playing and you was below!

Dina said...

VP, oh yeah, you're right! Leave it to an Italian to know about proper serenading.

Kay said...

Hmmmm... not too modest, hunh?

Unknown said...

Great title! :-)