April 2012


Jerusalem Zoo

Jerusalem Zoo

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I had planned a trip to the zoo with my friend, Marallyn. Sadly, that hasn’t worked out yet. However, I found some photos hubby took years ago when the children were small.

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Jerusalem Zoo

The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens started out in 1940 as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. The current location has been open since 1993 and stretches over 62 beautifully landscaped acres.

Jerusalem Zoo

With this post, I come to the end of the A-Z Challenge. It has been fun but exhausting! I hope those of you who found me through it will come back. Sometimes I blog about Jerusalem. Other times I blog about writing, or social anxiety, or bullying, or anything else I feel like talking about.

Jerusalem Zoo

Yad Vashem - Memorial to Holocaust Victims

I can’t do better than to quote from the website:

As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

I have to admit I had a bit of trouble with X. Until I discovered Xanadu.

Xanadu, or Shangdu, isn’t actually in Jerusalem. It’s not even anywhere near Jerusalem. It’s in Inner Mongolia, China.

But… there’s a link. Marco Polo, the Venetian explorer (or should that be x-plorer?) is alleged to have made a journey from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to Xanadu.

So what?

Good question. I don’t have an answer. I suppose in the 13th century it would have been a fairly difficult journey.

Anyway, it gives me an X word and an opportunity to post a couple of pictures of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Two places today. I couldn’t leave either of them out.

The Western Wall (or Wailing Wall) is the holiest site in Judaism. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Second Temple, and is known to have been a site for prayer and pilgrimage since the 4th century.

Western Wall

Montefiore's Windmill

The windmill in the Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighbourhood was built in 1857 by the British Jewish philanthropist, Sir Moses Montefiore. Unfortunately, Sir Moses and friends failed to take local conditions into account. The mill was hardly used, mainly because there was not enough wind on most days. Now (or at least until recently) it houses displays showing the achievements of Sir Moses Montefiore.

The windmill is currently undergoing renovation. Apparently they’re turning it back into a working mill.

Fortunately, we have an older photo.

Montefiore's Windmill

Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a street in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Its name means “Way of Grief” or “Way of Suffering”. The route is traversed by many processions throughout the year and particularly at Easter.

I had fun with the sonnet, so I thought I’d try again. This time I have to write 107 words including:

….I’m exhausted. Shut the door behind you….

Here goes….

He’s making for the door. I don’t blame him, but I was looking forward to this evening so much.

Work was a nightmare today. Then I had to dump everything and rush to collect the kids and Tom had broken his finger so I dragged them all to the hospital, then home for homework and food and stopping them from fighting and they wouldn’t go to bed and I nagged and threatened.

I prepared the meal in a hurry. We ate in silence. I was tired.

And now I can’t keep my eyes open. I’m exhausted. “Shut the door behind you,” I mumble. I think it banged.

Hebrew University - Givat Ram campus

The Hebrew University opened in 1925. From 1948, the Mount Scopus campus was cut off from West Jerusalem and another campus was built in Givat Ram. Now both are used by the 22,000 students.

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