Saturday, July 9, 2011

Seeking shade and shadows

Here is our tour group attentively listening to the guide, standing in the interesting shadows (for Shadow Shot Sunday) of a "viewing pergola."
The Sherover Promenade was built in 1989.
Its architects describe it thus:
This promenade overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem, parts of western Jerusalem and a great sweep of the Judean Desert. Its 1,350 meter long walk is used by both Jews and Arabs as well as tourists and pilgrims to Jerusalem. Its quiet gardens, planted with agricultural species such as wheat and olives, and its many viewing pergolas, create an atmosphere of peace and beauty in which to enjoy this unique and world-famous site. The garden contrasts sharply with the desert which begins immediately at its feet, and provides an elegant transition from the city to the classic views of Jerusalem.
Great photos of the tayelet at the landscape architect's website!

A second big tayelet in the area is the Haas or Armon HaNatsiv Promenade , a favorite of tourists riding Segways.

On the far left the Old City is visible.
Enlarge the photo and you can see the golden Dome of the Rock shining.
Above the Arab villages is the Mt. of Olives on the horizon, left.
Just beyond the ridge on the right lies the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea, and the Kingdom of Jordan.
Strolling along the tayelet in evening or early morning sounds like a nice summer activity, so I add it to Robin's Summer Stock Sunday.


  1. Great views to be had from there, Dina!

    No booths in restaurants in Israel? C'est dommage!

  2. It looks like a spaceship that landed on the moon. A real oasis of beauty and meaning. Your city is just so spectacular.

    By the way, I finally got to explore the Jewish Cemetery in Greensboro. The rocks on the tombstones are touching. Will feature it in a week or so. I promised the labyrinth facilitator I'd publish the labyrinth in the park tomorrow.

    Have a great rest of the weekend.

  3. I forgot what a pergola was. Thank you for showing us. I love how you go out and discover more things to show us.

  4. I like these views of your desolate, sun-baked land!


    Shadows here and shadows there,
    Shadows, shadows everywhere!
    Shadows left and shadows right;
    Shadows dancing through the night!
    Shadows crouching on the wall;
    Shadows spring and shadows fall
    On the unsuspecting guest,
    Who thought shadows offered rest!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Shadows here and here

  5. I think the shade is probably welcome. Your photos are spectacular!

  6. Well, I feel like I missed something really special back in 1995! Wonder why no one thought to take our group to enjoy these views. Very lovely.

  7. I enjoy this pictures and the story.

  8. Love the views but in lighter vein, is that shadow in the first like the mid- summer light at Stone Henge or just like X marking the spot?

  9. Very good post and nice photos.


  10. I haven't been to this promenade - looks like a great spot for photo taking.

    Surprisingly, I like your photos better than the ones on the architect's site. More blue. More distinct.

  11. Enjoyed seeing your photos and seeing these important sites. Many thanks.

  12. Wow - I got chills following your directions and looking out over such historic vistas.

  13. Gorgeous views! Love that bright blue Mediterranean sky too.

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  14. Beautiful photos, Dina. I always enjoy my visits to Jerusalem via your blog. Thank you so much.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  15. The view from there is really amazing. I like the new life that our word pergola is enjoying around the world.

  16. What an amazing thing to look out over thousands of years of history. It is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. You and Robin really bless me. So many of the images of Israel shown abroad are not designed to highlight the beauty but to advance an agenda of division. This peaceful photo reminds me of the movie we watched last night (Defiance - difficult but good true story). The brothers try to decide whether to sink to the level of the Germans or live like human beings.

    We can all choose to rise above our base nature. Sometimes getting up above the fray helps us see it.

  17. I agree with Birdman, it looks very hot! Beautiful landscapes!


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