The next morning we all met back at the Kotel plaza for family photos with a photographer. Hadn’t happened in 10 years and may not happen for another 10! Stay tuned for the results . . .

We (Sarah, Roy, Noah) and Zaydie & Roz then went on a walking tour of the old city with a great guide (Danny from the NewEurope free tours – look them up at the Jaffa gate). The tour lasted about 3 hours and focused on the history of the 4 quarters of the old city: Armenian, Jewish, Muslim & Christian. I will leave that history for another blog . . .

columns on the Cardo

The rebuilt Hurva (ruin) synagogue "like a phoenix from the ashes" A synagogue was built on this site in the 1700's, destroyed when the congregation couldn't pay its debt, rebuilt in the 1900's, destroyed by the Arab legion in 1948, and finally rebuilt and reopened last year.

urn of Sachlab, a warm drink made from orchid bulbs, Arab shuk, Jerusalem

lambajin & zaatar pitas, Arab shuk, Jerusalem

When Muslims return from the haj, they decorate the outside of their homes to commemorate this important religious milestone

Noah was amazing and did the entire tour without one complaint. He even walked all the way to Ben Yehuda St. from the old city after some fortifying hot cocoa at the Mamilla mall. That evening, we had a farewell dinner with the American contingent at a great Thai place in the German Colony of Jerusalem. See you back in the states this summer!