2015 Israel & Morocco Trip No.2: Longing for the Old City of Jerusalem

Israel and Morocco Travel 2015 GW
Israel and Morocco Travel 2015 GW

Local Time: Afternoon, April 24, 2015


The hotel is just a few steps from the Jaffo Gate. Right in front of the Tower of David. It was past noon when I arrived, and it seemed that the hotel was not cleaned yet, so I left my big luggage at the reception and went to the city.

Anyway, we headed to the most famous monument nearby, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The area on the way to the church is called « Arab Street ». The goods fished up to the ceiling high in the narrow alley, densely lined up from the floor to the ceiling, it looks like a Don Quijote shop.

The old town is like a maze. And very narrow. We arrived at the first destination, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, though we were a little lost. It was crowded with a lot of people.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre: The church standing on the hill of Golgotha where Jesus Christ was executed.



In addition, there were many queues at the tomb of Jesus Christ, so we decided to avoid it for the time being.

Via Dolorosa, the way Jesus Christ walked with the cross on his back.

Via Dolorosa. This is the road along which Jesus Christ was sentenced to death about 2,000 years ago, and immediately afterwards was made to carry the cross on his back and walked to the hill of Golgotha.

Now it’s a narrow street with a lot of tourists and Don Quixote-like souvenir shops. And it was also Friday, so many people were walking along the path that Christ followed, singing a prayer song.


Jerusalem’s first lunch was a kebab

It was 14:00 and I hadn’t eaten anything since this morning. So we had a late lunch by the 3rd and 4th stop. From the feeling I got from walking around the old town so far, there were almost no western style cafes or restaurants. There are only places like snacks and fast food. Middle East is such a feeling?


Finally checked in, very early bedtime.

We then walked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and finished our sightseeing for the day. It is 16:30 at this point. We return to the hotel. The room has been cleaned and we finally go to our room.