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Percy's Continued Picture Report of Israel and Jordan Started in the Lounge

May 15th, 2019, 05:24 PM
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Percy's Continued Picture Report of Israel and Jordan Started in the Lounge







1. There are many Nativity scenes one can purchase.
This one is made of Olive Wood.

2. View across the Mount of Olives to the Temple Mount on which stands the Dome of the Rock ( Golden Dome)

4. Church on hillside on Mount of Olives in shape of a teardrop to signify Christ's tears

3. Once inside the Church you have this terrific view through the window to the Dome of the Rock in the old City of Jerusalem

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May 15th, 2019, 05:26 PM
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Oh...I'm so glad to see you are continuing.
Can't wait to see more.
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1. View from Mount Zion onto Mount Olives. The Valley is the Valley of Kidron or Jehoshaphat Valley.
On the hillside south of the Old City of Jerusalem is Mount Zion...... on the hillside to the East of the old city is Mount of Olives.
The Valley linking them both is Kidron Valley.

2. The site on Mount Zion where Peter denied Jesus Three times before the rooster crowed twice.
See the rooster on the top of the pole.

3. This is the exact path Jesus walked when he left Mount Zion to go walking down the Valley road to Mount of Olives where Garden of Gethsemane is and where Judas betrayed him
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May 15th, 2019, 05:58 PM
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Wasn't it amazing to be in these places where so much amazing history took place!
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I will not do all of the Stations of the Cross, however...

1. This is Station number 1 at the Church of Flagellation where Jesus was flogged and crown of thorns placed on his head.

2. Station Number 3, inside, where Jesus Falls for the First Time
Note Station 4 is almost beside it, look at the numbered circular plaques.

3. The outside of Stations 3 and 4

4. this is inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most holiest site in Christendom.

People are quequed to go under the altar and touch Golgotha ( Calvary) the rock where Jesus was crucified.

5. This is the Stone of Anointment where Jesus body was placed and prepared for burial.
I took this picture from the second level of the Church , where Golgotha is in picture number 4.
People weep and kiss the Stone and pray.
You do what is in your heart and it is moving and personal.


That is all for today, a bit more tomorrow

Good Night everyone and Thank You for following

Thank You schmerl for asking me to continue



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May 15th, 2019, 06:13 PM
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Yes schmerl, to visit the sites where Jesus once was gives one just an amazing feeling and I at times had the feeling that I might just really see him.

At times it is over whelming, but it is a truly personal feeling that is within you.

As I walked along the shoreline in Capernaum, I was thinking ,"This is where Jesus called the fishermen to join him, this is where he walked on water, this is where he calmed the Sea and where he fed 5000. !!

Like Johnny Cash wrote in the opening song of my post in the Lounge, " He turned the Water into Wine "

Good Night to All of you
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May 15th, 2019, 06:47 PM
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Our experiences were similar. I kept punching my poor sister's arm and saying,, "Can you believe where we are?".

I know my eyes were filled with tears for a good bit of the trip. It was all just so very moving. I don't care what religion you are, you just can't help but feel so many emotions when visiting these sites.

Good night sweet Percy. Sleep well.

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Wow - I missed all the drama -- love your photos. Gives me chills.
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May 16th, 2019, 04:47 AM
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1, Driving down the highway to Masada, which is a Mountain tip Fortress.
It is about 64 mils south of Jerusalem.

It is nice to see a side view of this Fortrerss............... will try to get one.

2. You take a cable car to the top of the Fortress and then you can look down on all 4 sides.

3. There is a walk path to the top called the Snake Path and you can (puff, puff) walk up to the top.
However the walk up here is regulated.

If it is too hot you are NOT going to walk up.

An American girl tried it several years ago and got dis-orientated, lost her way and died in 115 F heat.

So they will not let you try to be a hero and climb up if the security guards feel it is unsafe. So stay alive take the nice cable car up.

4. The view from the top of Masada , on the west side looking down,

Yes that is the Dead Sea in the distance.




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I wanted to show you this picture because it shows the cable car going up to Masada.

It also shows the rectangular square down below on the right hand side.

There are three such squares.

Why is this important........... because this is where the Romans in 70 AD camped out for over 2 years while they built a ramp to the top of Masada ,

When t was evident that the Romans were going to be able to reach the top and conquer Masada...............

The 967 Jewish Rebels atop the Fortress chose suicide rather than be captured by the Romans.

When the Romans reached the top.......everyone was dead.

That is why the Israeli cry now is " Never Again Masada"
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1. After you leave Petra , your next destination (if you are traveling to the Dead Sea you will come to Kerak.

This hilltop Castle built by the Crusaders is a neat place to see. I toured 2 hours in the Castle.

2. Then for lunch I went to a lovely restaurant across the valley and had this view by my window to the Castle........pretty neat.

3. Let me just mention that there was a terror attack here,

In December 2016, 14 people were killed including 2 Canadians.

As I took my tour guide aside , I whispered to him, " We are not going to talk about the attack are we , he smiles at me and whispers "No" !!
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1. After leaving Jerash Castle, we go to the town of Madaba.

The main site here is to go to Church of St. George to see this 5th century AD Mosaic Map.


2. Look at the neat looking Mosaic on the floor of St.George's Church.........NO !! this is not the map we came to see. !!

3. This is the map we came to see. I took this picture off the wall sign,

This map dates to about 527 AD.

What is that you ask,, Yes !! I can perfectly read this map This map was only discovered ( uncovered ) in 1884.
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1. This is Nazareth and the huge Church is the Church of Annunciation, where the Angel Gabrielle announced to Mary that God wanted her to bear a son ..Jesus.

2. We are coming into Cana Town

3. This is the Wedding Church where Jesus turned the Water into Wine.

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1. I am at Bethany Beyond the Jordan , at the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

2. This is the site. Yes !!1 I did go into the water.

3. A sign at the site baptismal.

4. Statue of Peter in the Square of the Church of St. Peter at Capernaum

Only a few more folks............... are some of you still with me
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May 16th, 2019, 06:04 AM
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Percy, I am REALLY loving your pictures and your educational commentary.
When we visited Masada our tour guide made sure we were safely in the gondola and then he walked all the way up and met us there. The story of Masada is one of many sad ones.
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1. This is the Church of Beatitudes ( Bee- at-ta-tudes), where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.

This Church is just up the hill from Capernaum, you can virtually walk there from Capernaum.

2. The roof top of a neighboring building by the Church.

That is the Sea of Galilee in the background.

3. May 1st is Israel National Day of the Holocaust.

When the siren sound comes on ,about 10 PM, traffic stops, wherever you are and you get out of your vehicle and stand by the road ( or wherever) and stay in silence for 2 minutes.

Only ambulances and police and fire trucks do not have to stop in silence if they are not able to.


a few more only to come yet !!
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May 16th, 2019, 06:20 AM
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Oh yes, the Beatitudes are Blessings that Jesus gave on the Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus signalled out 8 groups of people.

The Poor
The Meek
Those who Mourn

.........well , wait her are the 8 groups of people
• Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.•Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.•Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.•Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.•Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.•Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.•Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.•Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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1. I have to say something about the Dead Sea.

I stayed at the Marriott on the Jordan side.

If you are going to the Dead Sea GO on the Jordan side.

The Israel tourist side is a mess !!!

2. This is the Marriott Hotel on the Jordan side. On a 5 Star rating it is a 7 !!!

3. From the Lobby a flight of stairs takes you to the dinning room and area.

half way down that is a real gorgeous Mosiac.

4. From the Marriott you have a Private entrance to the Dead Sea beach area. The water along the shoreline is crystal clear as you can see.

5. Like this lady did you can either apply mud on your self or a lifeguard will help you.

There are 3 pools at different levels at the Marriott.

Whatever pool you are at, a golf cart will come and pick you up and bring you down a winding garden- flower covered drive to the shoreline.

At the shoreline , there are lounge chairs for you and a towel on your lounge chair.

The lifeguard puts on rubber sandals on your feet

One of the life guards will walk you into the water and show you how to sit down and just FLOAT !!!!

When you are done, there are outside warm water showers (the Dead Sea itself is warm) for you to rinse off the mud ( if you applied any).

Then when you are done, the lifeguards call for the golf cart and you are taken back up the winding hillside road , back to your lounge chair at the original pool site where he picked you up from.

How is that for service


Why do you float, ! ?

The Dead Sea has a salt content of about 35 %.

You have less density than the Dead Sea water.

look at it his way:

Fill up a bathtub half full of water,

Blow up a balloon, now try to submerge the balloon. in the bath tub...it cannot be done ...right !!

and that is why you float !!!

Oh yes, another thing, DON'T get Dead Sea water in your eyes, or " You will know what hell feels like" as our guide said.

I now know what hell feels like.

It was 100 F when I was there





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May 16th, 2019, 07:06 AM
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1 The Dead Sea T-Shirt

2. Okay I am going to read the paper.

Thank You for following.

Thank You jahoulih for another job well done in keep Fodorites in line during my absence !

Ziggypop, they might want you to come down in the winter to show them how to bar-be-cue Lamb !! I put in a good word for you.

They asked about whether Margie is coming down. I said Margie who. They said she just retired.!!

Oh !! that Margie,
okay then.....justretired ( Margie ) they are asking about you.

Thanks bankbabe,let us hope that August brings the best results and that DH is helping at home and not just golfing

dcd; Your help and advice was invaluable.... yes I did see Little Petra, I was not going to let you show me up.

schmerl: Thank you for contacting me and giving me a gentle prod to continue because I was not going to come to this Forum ( Middle East) site.

As some of the people on the tour e-mail me pictures , I will perhaps post a few more here as the days and weeks pass by.

If I do I will let you know.

Right now I know you are all on your best behaviour because you just received Divine Intervention......

Once again Thank You for following.







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Your thread with the link in the Lounge is closed also.

I was going to state on your thread in the Lounge that I posted more pictures.

Hmmmm !!
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