DAYS 12-13, THURSDAY-FRIDAY, NOV 21-22
Today was our free day. We all enjoyed sleeping in a bit before heading out to the Old City. The majority of the group left at 8:45 am and walked to “Mt. Zion” and the Upper Room (a traditional location of the Last Supper). Nearby is the tomb of Oscar Schindler, a German Christian who was single-handily responsible for saving the lives of 1,200 Jews from Nazi Germany.
From here we walked into the Old City. Some of the sites and experiences included the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the tower of the Lutheran Church (both in the Christian Quarter), and the Western Wall & the Jewish Quarter (many Bar Mitzvah celebrations were taking place). Most of us ate lunch in the Hurva Square (the heart of the Jewish Quarter).
After lunch 20 of us ascended to the Turkish walls for the rampart walk. We walked around most of the Old City, gaining a unique perspective of the average life of Old City residents below. Descending at the St. Stephen’s gate, we walked outside the eastern wall & gate before climbing up to the Jewish Quarter. A few experienced the Temple Institute, a small segment of Orthodox Jews who are preparing for the 3rd Temple.
We all walked back to the hotel, freshened up a bit, and loaded our luggage on the bus. Close-by we enjoyed our farewell dinner together before driving to the airport for our night flight home.
At the present writing of this, we are through the security and passport checks and are awaiting our 11:30 p.m. flight (4:30 p.m. EST).