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Old May 15th, 2019, 03:24 PM
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1. This is at Mount Nebo where Moses saw the Promise Land

2. the Serpent snake that Moses turned his staff into.

3. This is a 4th century mosaic in the Church of Lot at Mount Nebo

It looks like a new rug in the picture, it is truly something to see.

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Percy - so glad to hear from you and see the wonderful photos! You have been missed!
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1. Pope John Paul came to the Promise Land at Mount Nebo and planted this Olive tree in the picture

3. The Olive Tree as it looks today

2. No dinky little bathroom atop Mount Nebo, this is marble floor, marble walls, state of the art toilets, and lot of top quality toilet paper.
I just had to take a picture.
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willowjane:
Your my little angel near the Tennessee Border.

I am sooo glad your husband is doing so well following his knee surgery.
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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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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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Old 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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Old 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 "

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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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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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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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