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"HE IS NOT HERE - FOR HE IS RISEN"

Visiting Jerusalem & the West Bank (Hebron & Bethlehem). And 1 more time Dubai

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ISRAEL
After staying in Tel Aviv for 3 nights we decided to go to Jerusalem. Only heard from stories - this place now became very realistic.
Garden Tomb

Garden Tomb


Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

Western Wall

Western Wall

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

Stations of the Via Dolorosa

Stations of the Via Dolorosa

St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Mount of Olives

St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Mount of Olives

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

My first camel ride experience on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

My first camel ride experience on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

CIMG1212.jpgGarden Tomb - The burial place of Jesus

Garden Tomb - The burial place of Jesus


Garden Tomb

Garden Tomb

Jewish kids in Jerusalem

Jewish kids in Jerusalem

Kippa - Jewish skullcap

Kippa - Jewish skullcap


I have never seen so many churches in my life and watching religious people lining up for hours only to kiss a monument is quite intense.

Tuesday we planned a day trip to the West Bank as we wanted to visit the Palestinian territories as well. By local minibus we went to Hebron (the 2nd biggest city in the West Bank) and stayed there for some hours before we moved on to Bethlehem. We noticed a big difference here as people are much poorer, cities are more dirty and by talking to a lot of locals we realised that every single Palestinian there is somehow affected by the historic events and the current Jewish settlements.
In Hebron we walked through the city and were often stopped by local Palestinians that wanted to tell us their story, invite us to their family homes and show us where the Jewish have their settlements. We visited the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron that is split into 2 parts. One entrance for Muslim people and one entrance for the Jewish. As one of the only persons we were allowed to enter both parts after we ensured the officials that we were Christian. This division was installed as in 1994 a Jewish resident had opened fire and many Muslims were killed at the Mosque.
Entrance from Jerusalem into the Palestinian territories

Entrance from Jerusalem into the Palestinian territories

Hebron, West Bank

Hebron, West Bank

Palestinian water tanks shot by the Israelis in Hebron, West Bank

Palestinian water tanks shot by the Israelis in Hebron, West Bank


Visiting a family in Hebron, West Bank

Visiting a family in Hebron, West Bank

Hebron, West Bank

Hebron, West Bank

Hebron, West Bank

Hebron, West Bank


CIMG1258.jpgCIMG1262.jpgMuslime Entrance to Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron, West Bank

Muslime Entrance to Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron, West Bank


Muslim part of the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

Muslim part of the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

Jewish part of the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

Jewish part of the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

Jewish part of the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

Jewish part of the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

The Super Jew next to the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

The Super Jew next to the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron

CIMG1297.jpgTurkey's in Hebron

Turkey's in Hebron

In Bethlehem we visited the Church of Nativity that was full of group-tour-tourists, especially from the Catholic countries Italy and Poland. Then we passed by an SOS children's Village by the United Nations. And in the end of the day we saw part of the "Apartheid Wall" that the Israelis are building around the West Bank. There we had to go through some extensive checking & passport controls when we wanted to cross the wall to get back to Jerusalem.
CIMG1310.jpgChurch of Nativity

Church of Nativity

Church of Nativity

Church of Nativity

Jewish Settlement in Bethlehem

Jewish Settlement in Bethlehem

Bethlehem SOS Children's Village

Bethlehem SOS Children's Village

AIDA Refugee Camp

AIDA Refugee Camp

Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem

Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem

Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem

Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem

Passing the Wall in the West Bank

Passing the Wall in the West Bank

Bethlehem

Bethlehem

JORDAN
Last Wednesday, Michele and I crossed the border from Israel to Jordan again and we were back in Amman around midday. Michele was moving on to Syria where I had already been and I used my last day to visit Jerash, an archeological site in the North of Jordan.

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Temple of Artemis in Jerash

Temple of Artemis in Jerash

North Theater in Jerash

North Theater in Jerash

Jerash

Jerash

Jerash

Jerash

Jerash

Jerash


Hippodrome in Jerash

Hippodrome in Jerash

School girls visiting Jerash

School girls visiting Jerash

Oval Plaza in Jerash

Oval Plaza in Jerash

Sugar Cane Juice in Amman

Sugar Cane Juice in Amman

Fresh Sugar Cane Juice in Amman

Fresh Sugar Cane Juice in Amman

This funny guy in Amman showed me how to fix his head scarf tightly

This funny guy in Amman showed me how to fix his head scarf tightly

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Last Thursday I landed back in Dubai and spent my last days there with my uncle and auntie:)
Landing in Dubai

Landing in Dubai

The Palm Islands

The Palm Islands


One evening I joined a desert safari in Dubai/Sharjah.

on the way into the desert - sand stor,!

on the way into the desert - sand stor,!

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari - with extreme wind conditions

Desert Safari - with extreme wind conditions

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights - Action photo

Arabian Nights - Action photo

Arabian Nights - Belly Dancing

Arabian Nights - Belly Dancing

Last Saturday the 3 of us visited Abu Dhabi, its great new Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Emirates Palace and the Yas Island Marina Grand Prix circuit with its Yas Hotel.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque


Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

Yas Hotel

Yas Hotel

Yas Island Marina Grand Prix circuit

Yas Island Marina Grand Prix circuit

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall

Sunday we had an amazing dinner at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel just next to the Burj Al Arab.
Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

View from Jumeirah Beach Hotel

View from Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel


Following the news about the active Eyjafjallajökull volcano, it was very unclear whether I was able to take my flight to Paris because of the ash in the air. Even after the check-in I was told that "anything can happen" so I was relieved when the plane finally took off last Tuesday. Now I spent 2 days in Paris, meeting up with friends again and collecting my belongings at several places. And in a couple of hours I'll take the train back home to Switzerland! Looking forward to see most of you there!

Thanks everyone for reading/commenting my blog! And thank you very much Harold & Petra for allowing me this great time with you in Dubai & Oman!

Posted by Nadia88 04:27 Archived in France Tagged air_travel

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welcome home
welkom thuis
Wilkommen zu Hause

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