Friday, July 21, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 12

The main entrance to the arab quarter of the Old City is through the Damascus Gate. The name for it, as with the Jaffa Gate, was given because the road from it out of the city led directly to Damascus and Jaffa respectively. Just inside the Damascus gate is an open area where many vendors bring their daily produce (usually of vegetables, but who really knows what else).

Public transportation in Jerusalem with the buses and light rail is very efficient (except when they're the target of terrorism)

The Mahane Yehudah market:

A vendor in the cotton merchants market of the arab quarter:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 11

Machane Yehudah, the outdoor shuk (market) is a paradise for photographers. So many types of people, faces, shapes, etc.

The arab quarter is a honeycomb of alleys and streets with shops selling just about everything (except weapons, those they keep at home until ready to use):

The Damascus Gate is the main entrance to the arab quarter. For security, Religious Jews for the most part avoid entering and leaving the Old City that way. But sometimes ......

The Jaffa Gate is the most used entrance to the Old City, as it gives easy access to all four quarters:
the arab, the Christian, the Jewish, and the Armenian:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jerusalem - 10, a taste of the Capital of Israel for Shabbat

Shopping at the Machane Yehudah market before Shabbat:

Studying Talmud at the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City:

Itzy, the owner, hard at work at Marzipan bakery (Machane Yehudah) the maker of the best in the world rugelach:

Entrance to Damascus Gate of the Old City:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 9

More of the many many photos I took in Jerusalem. A Jewish photographer's paradise.

The Jewish Shuk - Machane Yehudah:

At the Jaffa Gate (western) entrance to the Old City:

The Damascus Gate (northern) entrance to the Old City:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 8

Machane Yehudah is the open market - shuk - of Jerusalem. The busiest time there is Thursday and Friday morning when the whole city shows up there to stock up for Shabbat.

Jaffa Road is a main thoroughfare with no vehicular traffic. The Jerusalem light rail runs the entire course of the road. It has many stores and many buskers:

Two synagogue doors in the Old City. An area adjacent to Hurva square is home to four Sephardi synagogues that were closed every time I visited the area.

The Eliyahu HaNavi synagogue:

The Istanbuli synagogue:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 7

More from Jerusalem, the most spiritual city in the world.

Machane Yehudah is the main shuk in Jerusalem. In recent years it's also become a hot spot for restaurants and cafés:

In the arab quarter of the Old City, streets are lined with vendors selling almost anything 😉:

On Jewish Quarter Street in the Old City:

 Nachlaot is an old neighborhood near the city center. This is one of the picturesque synagogues tucked into a corner a block from Machane Yehudah:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 6

Walking the streets of Jerusalem is a feast for a street photographer. No matter where you look there's interesting faces and people.

Old arab at the market by Damascus Gate:

Harpist playing near Jaffa Gate:

Chatting in the Jerusalem Shuk - Machane Yehuda:

Arab couple (or trio) in Mamilla Mall - the upscale mall near the Jaffa Gate.
There is NO apartheid in Israel: