A Visit to Palestine

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Did you think I was absorbed by Photoshop Elements? Nah! I just have been busy. I did find some time to work on some of my photos so I want to share some of them. Recently, I posted about our trip to Israel. Part of our visit last year included a trip to Palestine, including Bethlehem. I have a few photos from there to share with you. Having lived in Mexico with the great border fence dividing the United States from Mexico, I was very interested in this wall:

The wall between Palestine and Israel
The wall between Palestine and Israel

As you can see this was taken from the Palestine side of the wall. The entire wall in this area decorated with murals.The wall near my home in Mexico was also decorated with murals. I guess a big blank space is an attraction for muralists the world around. The only country I have visited that lacked significant graffiti was Morocco.

We journeyed to the Mount of Olives, and visited the Garden  of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before the Crucifixion. The Olive trees in the following photos are in that garden and were purportedly alive when He prayed there. In one part of the same garden are much younger olive trees of varying ages, that have been planted by the Popes when they each visited. You can see one of those in the background of the first photo.

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Ancient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane
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An ancient olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane

Lovely trees aren’t they?

In Jerusalem the passageways were amazingly narrow:

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Narrow passageway in Bethlehem

Notice the Coca Cola sign? The modern and the ancient together!

We actually entered the room where the Last Supper took place. I was surprised that it was quite large! This is just a small niche there.

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Niche in the room where the Last Supper took place.

And finally we were unbelievably fortunate enough to be admitted into the most reserved area of the Church of the Nativity.  We bypassed an immense line of people waiting to approach the church altar. We had to walk through an area of the Church that was filled with scaffolding and was under reconstruction. There were no other people beside our taxi cab group, our Palestinian guide (mandatory), and our Israeli guide. Apparently, we were admitted to the area because our guides knew the security guards. This rather poor photo is the actual birthplace of Jesus. The circular opening in the bottom is where you can insert your hand to touch the stone floor of the Creche. An amazing experience!

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Creche in the Church of the Nativity
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