We left Bethlehem and went to Herod the Great’s monumental palace / fortress of Herodium. It is another example of Herod’s brilliance, extravagance, and arrogance.
We approached Jerusalem from the south and got our first view from the Haas Promenade. Going in to the old city via the Dung Gate, we went straight to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), and took the tunnel tour. Again, amazing building skills evident in the construction of the Temple Mount. After lunch we went to the Israel Museum where we saw the 1st century Jerusalem model, the Book of the Shrine with its Qumran exhibit, and the archaeological wing. It was fun (at least for me!) to see so many artifacts from the sites we have visited.
Tel joke: What do you call a tel that’s always on time? ….. a teleprompter (blame KVH for that one)