Our First Day in Israel

After arriving at our hotel room early this morning, we quickly headed to bed.  We needed as much rest as possible for today’s excursion: a full-day tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.  We woke up at 8:00am, ate a quick breakfast, and made our way to one of Jerusalem’s many gates to meet our tour guide.  She was a young Israeli woman who spoke perfect English, had a bilingual son, and was married to a Canadian.  She gave us a tour of the various religious quarters in the Old City.  We also visited the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, the Davidson Center archaeological site, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  There was many a great photo opportunity.  Our guide also brought us around the streets of Jerusalem, showed us the various market areas, and took us to a falafel restaurant for lunch.  We left the tour feeling very knowledgeable and very tired.

After taking a rest at the hotel, we went up to the top floor where they have an Executive lounge.  Our hotel rooms include access to this lounge, where we found food and drink, prime seating with a view, and a big-screen TV.  We ate a little bit up there tonight, and I think we’re going to forgo a large dinner because we’re so tired and just go out for dessert.

By the way, I’ll have photos from the whole day’s events up later in the vacation.