We decided to take Monday off to relax and explore Jerusalem some more. The rest of our group headed to the Dead Sea to float. But, we missed out on exploring Jerusalem on our own on Friday since we went to Masada on the off day.
Sunday night we got out at dinner time and went to the GlenWhiskey Bar. Jared had read about this place on TripAdvisor prior to our departure. They have over 300 different whiskeys. We split a flight (4 shots) of Scotch Whiskey.
We wandered around a more affluent area and went into a shopping center. It was a lovely evening for a walk. But, it made us realize how much we had missed out on exploring Jerusalem.
We started our morning by walking to Damascus Gate and entered the Old City through the Muslim Quarter. We were just wandering around when we happened to run into our hosts from our dinner in Bethlehem! Small world! Sammi and Rami had just finished their breakfast and called out to us. They offered to guide us through the Old City, but we were wanting to just wander. So we thanked them and hugged them and headed on our way.
We made our way to the Christian quarter and found some souvenirs, including a Crucifix to hang in our home. We walked out of the store and walked right into some members of our group. They had decided to spend the day the same way but were now trying to find their way back to the hotel. We gave them directions and continued on our venture into the newer part of Jerusalem.
We walked until we got to an area where there seemed to be no tourists. We found a Schwarma restaurant and ate the most amazing pita and wrap! Then we started to head back to the hotel. We walked through the Hasidic Jew area. Their neighborhood was amazing to see… they work together to raise their children and seem to have an amazing sense of community. The kids ride their bikes down the street and people gather and talk on the sidewalks.