View from my hotel room.

Buildings on a distant hill as seen from my hotel room.

Old City Wall.

Me in the Old City on the roof of the Petra Hostel. Some people who stay at this hostel sleep on the roof. There were sleeping people and sleeping bags, etc all over the place.

This is David Street, the street right ahead when entering through Jaffa Gate, before the shops have opened.

This is another street in the Old City, bustling with open shops.

We went into a courtyard in the Armenian Quarter. I saw these mating turtles.

This is the courtyard with the turtles.

This is a street in the Armenian Quarter.

This is a border between the Armenian and Jewish Quarters. The Armenian Quarter is on the left and the Jewish is on the right.

Hurva Synogogue (currently being restored).

The Cardo was the major north-south street in ancient Jerusalem.

Some stores in the Jewish Quarter.

A courtyard in the Jewish Quarter.

A view of the Mt. of Olives from St. Mary's church.

Here is another view of the Mt. of Olives.

The Temple Mount and Western Wall.

Me at the Western Wall.

A street in the Muslim Quarter.

The courtyard to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

This is the Custodian and Door-Keeper of the church showing us the lock that locks the church up at night. The key to the lock has been passed through his family for years. He opens and locks up the church every day.

The stairs to Calvary where Jesus was crucified.

This is my ass as I am reaching into a hole to feel where Jesus cross stood.

This sits in the courtyard just outside the church. I think it was put here when the pope visited. Discovered live grenades were to be put in here for detonation.

There were cats all over the place. I spied this one on an awning.

Me at Qumran. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the cave behind me.

This is a ritual bath at the settlement at Qumran. The Essenes lived here and bathed twice daily.

Beach at Ein Gedi on the Dead Sea.

I'm floating in the Dead Sea! It was a very strange feeling to be so bouyant. Even vertical I didn't sink (although it was hard to stay vertical).

Here I'm trying to swim. But I'm so bouyant that my feet stick up out of the water!

View from Masada. I liked the shadow the cloud made.

A floor mosaic in Masada.

The remnants of a camp set up by the Romans when they set siege on Masada.

Looking up to the top of the plateau from the Northern Palace. Herod built two palaces, the Northern and Western (the Western was closed while I was there).

The Jewish rebels converted this into a synogogue. It likely used to be a stable.

Doves were kept here for food.

This is where the Roman siege ramp was built on the western side of Masada.

A Byzantine Church in Masada.

Looking up at the Masada Plateau from below.