Jerusalem – Old and New
December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Today JoLene and I walked to the Old City, wandering trough the maze of narrow streets, saying no over and over again to shopkeepers eager for a sale, and visiting the two chapels of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located next to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter of the Old City.

In the shops the T shirts caught my eye, especially this tongue-in-cheek message to America.

Just outside Jaffa Gate is a modern promenade, a long walkway through many upscale shops. We enjoyed tea and pastries at Aroma Espresso Bar.

The day included, again, work on emails and reports.

Then in the evening we took the Hank Dannecker family to dinner at Focaccia Restaurant, off Hillel street, in the modern part of the city. Focaccia is a thin, oven-baked Italian bread and is often served with spreads such as goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and chopped olives.

Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, began about 6:00 PM today, so most restaurants in the city are closed. Focaccia, obviously, is one that stays open during Shabbat.

Be sure to include a stop at Focaccia on your next trip to Jerusalem.