DAY 11: THURSDAY, JULY 18
Today was our free day of leisure. Many of us left at 8:30 while others slept in a bit and adventured out on their own. The day was filled with exploring in and around the Old City. Some of the sites visited were the Upper room, Oscar Shindler’s grave (both on Mt. Zion), the Holy Sepulcher (as well as other churches along the Via Dolorosa), the Rampart Walk (walking on the Turkish walls built by Suliman, the Great in 1537 AD), the Lutheran tower (for a complete 360 view of the Old City) to name a few of our experiences. We also visited Shoreshim, a store owned by two Canadian Orthodox Jewish brothers. We enjoyed listening to Moshe who shared about his Jewish faith in comparison to our Christian faith. “People watching” and shopping in the Jewish and Christian Quarters was a fun experience as well.
We returned to the hotel in the afternoon. We enjoyed our farewell dinner at the Olives & Fish Restaurant in walking distance of our hotel. After dinner, we said goodbye to those who are flying home tonight, while those who are going to into Jordan tomorrow enjoyed another optional walk to Ben Yehuda Street and another stop at the old train station.
Praise be to God for His strength, inspiration, and life-transforming experiences!