Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Photos of our trip to Israel

Matthew driving & Samuel Navigating

another Old Church.

Excavations under another old church.

On the road to Nazareth.

Prayer holders come in all shapes, sizes & made from all sorts of material.

Naomi at a stall.

Fresh juice.

Can you spot the BYU T-shirt at the stall in

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Notice the big round metal container? Well I saw a couple of them around the place, I believe they are bomb disposal units.

This stone bench is said to have been where the Body of Jesus was wash and prepared for burial. People were rubbing things on it to take home saying it has healing properties.

A view towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Matthew, Naomi and Michael with the bomb disposal unit to the left.

Holocaust museum

Family Photo at the front & before walking through one of the most gut wrenching emotional museum on the planet. 2 hours just wasn't enough time. I was glad I was last & running late that I had to almost run through the 2nd half. To walk in the last room that has hundreds of folders each representing a survivors story. Overwhelming but awe-inspiring.


Looking from the Museum to the car park.

Family photo at the church at Gethsemane. Michael took the photo.

Dad & 2 sons.

Looking towards the Garden of Gethsemane.

This olive tree is so old one branch is supported.

A plaque.

With a mish-mash of Arabic sign, Auslan and natural gestures, I bought a bread stick from this deaf man at Jaffa Gate. As I walked away he called out to me & handed me a little packet of savoury salts. He explained to me to dip the bread in oil then in the packet of salts. Oh, I thought my heart was going to explode. What an amazing experience. Lots of times I have to pinch myself & ask, 'How does a girl who grew up in Townsville have these experiences.'

Matthew & St Matthew. ;)

A mezuzah is found on doorposts in Jewish homes. It is a little case, containing a tiny scroll. The writing on the scroll is from the bible. It is in Hebrew and is called the Shema. It says that Jewish people should love God and keep his rules. This was on the door post at Jaffa Gate.

Funny story, I tagged along with Michael & Naomi to find the church of The Upper Room. We sat through 30-40mins of an old lady telling us her conversion story. to cut a long story short she said that now the Upper Room was actually Downstairs. When Michael asked if we could visit the room. The direct answer was, "No". So we didn't actually see the Upper Room. :)

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