Impressions of Israel: A Montage Compiled Over 2 1/2 Years of Photographing

Guards at the Lion's Gate - Old City Jerusalem.

Guards at the Lion’s Gate – Old City Jerusalem.

Approaching the Lion's Gate - Old City Jerusalem.

Approaching the Lion’s Gate – Old City Jerusalem.

Garden of Gethsemane - Jerusalem.

Garden of Gethsemane – Jerusalem.

Ancient mosaic - Jerusalem.

Ancient mosaic – Jerusalem.

View from Mt. of Olives to Dome of the Rock - Jerusalem.

View from Mt. of Olives to Dome of the Rock – Jerusalem.

Mosaic in church on Mt. of Olives, near Jerusalem.

Mosaic in church on Mt. of Olives, near Jerusalem.

Mediterranean - coast of Israel south of Haifa.

Mediterranean – coast of Israel south of Haifa.

View from Hatzionut St. over Haifa to the bay.

View from Hatzionut St. over Haifa to the bay.

Garden on Hatzionut Street, Haifa.

Garden on Hatzionut Street, Haifa.

View of valley from the Herb Farm Restaurant, near the Gilboa Mts.

View of valley from the Herb Farm Restaurant, near the Gilboa Mts.

Looking towards Lebanon from beach pier at Nahariyah.

Looking towards Lebanon from beach pier at Nahariyah.

Interior of The Herb Farm Restaurant, near Gilboa National Forest.

Interior of The Herb Farm Restaurant, near Gilboa National Forest.

Memorial to donators of trees to the Gilboa National Forest.

Memorial to donators of trees to the Gilboa National Forest.

Cows grazing near Gilboa National Forest

Cows grazing near Gilboa National Forest

Ezreal Valley farmlands.

Ezreal Valley farmlands.

Rainy view of the main square - Nazareth

Rainy view of the main square – Nazareth

Driving through the ancient narrow streets of Nazareth.

Driving through the ancient narrow streets of Nazareth.

Interior courtyard of hotel - Nazareth

Interior courtyard of hotel – Nazareth

A customer out front while we are sipping coffee in the back!  Nazareth

A customer out front while we are sipping coffee in the back! Nazareth

Coffee roasting at back of shop - Nazareth

Coffee roasting at back of shop – Nazareth

Being served coffee at the back of the shop. Nazareth

Being served coffee at the back of the shop. Nazareth

Coffee shop - Nazareth

Coffee shop – Nazareth

What's for sale - the eggs, or chickens? . . . not sure!

What’s for sale – the eggs, or chickens? . . . not sure!

Hostel courtyard - Nazareth

Hostel courtyard – Nazareth

This a road, not a sidewalk, and we were driving on it!

This a road, not a sidewalk, and we were driving on it!

The famous landmark church of Nazareth.

The famous landmark church of Nazareth.

McDonalds in Druze village of Daliyat Al Karmiel, near Haifa.

McDonalds in Druze village of Daliyat Al Karmiel, near Haifa.

Arab flat bread maker - Nazareth

Arab flat bread maker – Nazareth

Dried fruits - market in Nazareth.

Dried fruits – market in Nazareth.

Dried beans and lentils - market place in Nazareth.

Dried beans and lentils – market place in Nazareth.

Spices in market - Nazareth

Spices in market – Nazareth

Reflections in modern building - Tel Aviv

Reflections in modern building – Tel Aviv

Jewish quarter of Old City Jerusalem.

Jewish quarter of Old City Jerusalem.

View of wailing wall with Dome of the Rock in background - Old City Jerusalem.

View of wailing wall with Dome of the Rock in background – Old City Jerusalem.

Red decoration around doorway indicates that inhabitant of this house has made pilgrimage to Mecca. Street in Old City Jerusalem.

Red decoration around doorway indicates that inhabitant of this house has made pilgrimage to Mecca. Street in Old City Jerusalem.

Women's enclosed wooden observation balcony - Old City Jerusalem.

Women’s enclosed wooden observation balcony – Old City Jerusalem.

Architectural details from different centuries - Old City Jerusalem.

Architectural details from different centuries – Old City Jerusalem.

Street view - Old City Jerusalem

Street view – Old City Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers - Old City Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers – Old City Jerusalem

Street in Old City Jerusalem.

Street in Old City Jerusalem.

View of the Dome of the Rock Mosque - Old City Jerusalem

View of the Dome of the Rock Mosque – Old City Jerusalem

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Looking down into a street in Old City Jerusalem.

Looking down into a street in Old City Jerusalem.

Shop selection including musical instruments.

Shop selection including musical instruments.

Street of Old City Jerusalem

Street of Old City Jerusalem

Our guide pointing to the bullet holes from the 1967 war in the Lion's Gate - Old City Jerusalem

Our guide pointing to the bullet holes from the 1967 war in the Lion’s Gate – Old City Jerusalem

Entering the Lion's Gate - Old City Jerusalem

Entering the Lion’s Gate – Old City Jerusalem

Israeli flag flying n Jerusalem.

Israeli flag flying n Jerusalem.

Tile wall art - Wadi Nisnas, Haifa.

Tile wall art – Wadi Nisnas, Haifa.

Fruits and vegetables - Wadi Nisnas, Haifa.

Fruits and vegetables – Wadi Nisnas, Haifa.

Coffee shop and owner - Wadi Nisnas, Haifa

Coffee shop and owner – Wadi Nisnas, Haifa

Coffee seller's Turkish coffee serving set - Wadi Nisnas, Haifa.

Coffee seller’s Turkish coffee serving set – Wadi Nisnas, Haifa.

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Markets in Akká – Suq

Entering the market in Akká.  Also known as the Suq, or Sook.

Different eras or different structures in one building, Akká

Different eras or different structures in one building, Akká

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Ancient barred opening, Akká

Ancient barred opening, Akká

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Shoe art on walls of Akká

Shoe art on walls of Akká

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Focusing above the crowd, Akká

Focusing above the crowd, Akká

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Barbershop, Old  Akká

Barbershop, Old Akká

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Inside the old Suq (market) of  Akká

Inside the old Suq (market) of Akká

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Hand made Falafal

Hand made Falafal

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Shoppers

Shoppers

Akká

Baklava

Baklava

Akká

Bread & olives

Bread & olives

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Saffron

Saffron

Akká

More spices

More spices

More spices including cinnamon and star anise.  Akká

Dried miniature rose buds

Dried miniature rose buds

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Jordan almonds (among other goodies)

Jordan almonds (among other goodies)

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Turn left at the Rugs

Turn left at the Rugs

Market in Akká

Akká Harbour

Akká on a beautifully sunny day.

Fishermen's Harbour, Akká

Fishermen’s Harbour, Akká

Started my three hour walk by heading down to the Fishermen’s Harbour and marina.  Had to dodge piles of nets as well as netting stretched out for repairs.

Outside wall of the Khan el Omdan (Pillars Inn)

Outside wall of the Khan el Omdan (Pillars Inn)

Looking up to the top of the wall of the Khan el Omdan.

Looking from the wharf back towards the Khan el Omdan, Akká

Looking from the wharf back towards the Khan el Omdan, Akká

The building at left is a restaurant built on the spot of the Sea Gate to the ancient city of Akká.

Looking from the wharf across the marina back towards the city, Akká

Looking from the wharf across the marina back towards the city, Akká

In the distance is the Sinan Basha Mosque with green dome.  The long wall at left with openings is the wall of the Khan with clock tower at back, Akká.

Pony rides along the wharf, Akká

Pony rides along the wharf, Akká

Akká by the harbour.

Boats being worked on along the wharf, Akká

Boats being worked on along the wharf, Akká

Akká along the Pisan harbour.

Close-up of wall of Khan el Omdan, Akká

Close-up of wall of Khan el Omdan, Akká

Akká, Khan el Omdan (Caravanserai or inn)

Looking west with marina on the left, Akká

Looking west with marina on the left, Akká

The Pisan Harbour, Akká

Horse and carriage ride, Akká

Horse and carriage ride, Akká

Tomorrow’s blog will be of my walk through the suq (shuk) or markets.

Today in ‘Akká

Today was a most gorgeous spring-like day…

Through a portal brightly

Took my new camera out to ‘Akká

Mediterranean Sea through a portal in the ‘Akká sea wall

Mediterranean Sea through a portal in the ‘Akká sea wall

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The Citadel or Prison of ‘Akká as seen from the top of the British Fort.

The Citadel or Prison of ‘Akká as seen from the top of the British Fort.

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The British Fort at the north of the seawall of ‘Akká.

The British Fort at the north of the seawall of ‘Akká.

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In the small square behind the House of Abbúd, Akká

In the small square behind the House of Abbúd, Akká

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At the side of the House of Abbúd, Akká

At the side of the House of Abbúd, Akká

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Next door to the House of Abbúd, Akká

Next door to the House of Abbúd, Akká

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Green door near the prison, Akká

Green door near the prison, Akká

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The Daher El Omar Wall, Akká

The Daher El Omar Wall, Akká