Day 6 - Monday 27th October
What a great start to the day, quiet time in Christ Church prayer garden with Martin Hiley watching a parrot feeding on a palm tree seed. Returning to the dining room for breakfast to find.
Today’s forecast was rain. Morning prayer by Jane Hiley. Mount Scopia’s view of Jerusalem. Lots of churches and places of worship. A somber walk down the Mount of Olives which is today set amongst a Jewish cemetery. At the bottom we came to the Dominus Flevit Church (where Jesus wept). A host of other sights including the Garden of Gethsemene where we meditated to the background noise of traffic and the Muslim call to prayer. We saw olive trees being dressed and harvested.
A lunch time stop with panoramic views over Jerusalem was a welcomed stop. From this view point (the gents toilet) was indicated with a man smoking with a pipe. As the only smoker of the part I was the only one aloud in!
The Holy Sepulchre is divided amongst the different denominations present in the Holy Land. The Church being a totally confusing area with each tour guide giving different slants on the same story. A walk through the Old City towards the Damascus gate and into the Garden Tomb – possibly the authentic site for Christ’s burial.