Monday, March 23, 2009

The Garden

Our day began with the beautiful garden tomb where people think Jesus was laid after he was crucified. It was the most peaceful, quiet and calm place of the day. They do not know whether the site was the actual place of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The garden certainly fits the details described in the Gospel accounts and it helps many to imagine the wonderful events of the first Easter morning. For us it was a bit emotional and the garden sounds and smells were sweet.

We walked through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The art inside the church was beautiful, a bit dusty and mostly in Greek. Good thing Steve studied hard and there was a brief celebration when he was able to point out the four gospel writers names in Greek on the ceiling of the main dome.

The ancient walls around the city have a pathway around the top (Ramparts Walk). It was interesting to take in the Old City from above. Many more satellite dishes than you would think. Daisy thought it would have been cool to be a soldier, looking through the small slits in the block, firing arrows out of them. First a firefighter, now soldier???? Who DID I marry?


  1. How amazing that must be. I get the chills just looking at the pictures and reading about the places you have visited. Maybe Daisy's new hobby will be archary. I would not be suprised. Lot of rain here. Enjoy the sun.
    Love Mom and FMIL

  2. Hey there I don't know how the weather is there, but for being from "Minnes-O-ta" you aren't wearing short sleeves. Are the others dressed too cold, or are you two too warm? By the way, I meant to say Israel trip instead of European in a previous entry. You know what I mean:). Steve, I also need to see a nice beanie shot of you in the back of the head!! They say you lose 45% of your heat out of your head. With the right headwear, may be then you can get down to short sleeves. :) It looks like you two are enjoying yourselves. Keep it up!