Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN JERUSALEM
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Read time: a bit over 1 minuteBe immersed in a place that has drawn in pilgrims from far and wide for centuries.Â Walking around 2000 year old Jerusalem is a bit like being an extra in a movie, although youâ€™re not walking past faux-buildings made by clever Hollywood set designers but real, timeworn ancient structures that serve as a sobering reminder of how small and fleeting our lives are.Â
9am Start your day within the beating heart of Jerusalem – the Old City. Lose hours wandering around the Armenian, Jewish, Muslim and Christian Quarters, a true multifaith experience. Walk the ramparts, stop by the Western Wall and donâ€™t miss the Church of the Holy Selpulchre.
1pm Engage in a personal, street food-eating Battle Royale. Line up some Israel street food favourites â€“ falafel, shawarma, and burekas (pastries) â€“ and down them all in the name of culinary research (this is important field work afterall). Afterwards, wash it down with a fresh Pomegranate Juice procured from a street cart.
2pm Dedicate your whole afternoon to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. A sprawling monument to the fallen, youâ€™re going to need to allow yourself enough time (and mental space) to process what you see and feel. The extensive grounds house peaceful gardens, poignant memorials, thought-provoking art, and a museum.
7pm Sit down for a plate of simple food at the Mamilla CafĂ© to see a more modern side of this ancient city. Today, youâ€™ve chronologically worked your way around the city – from the ancient roots to the now. Sit outside and watch the sun evaporate for another day, as it is done so over Jerusalem for centuries.