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.

Exploring Nazareth

We headed out on the highway east to Nazareth this morning with patches of sunniness and cloud.  Through the forest along the ridge of Mt. Carmel with vistas stretching out on either side for miles west down to the Beit Netofa Valley and north to Akka.  Then climbed the hills up to Nazareth….

In the Har Ha Carmel Reserve

Olive oil stand

Selling olive oil made from their trees in the background.

It’s been too many years since I’ve been to Nazareth….no years here in print…just that I was only 17, so I don’t remember what to expect.  But it’s grown….and the traffic is incredible and the roads tinier even than what I recall.

Arriving near the old city of Nazareth

We are here and so is everyone else!  The streets are clogged with cars.

Can our car really fit in there??!!!

So we drive right in there and it’s a TWO WAY road!!!  AND we find a parking place….miracle beyond miracles!

We are parked below the Al-Mutran Guest House

Now we set off walking through the tiny “streets” sized more like sidewalks……

Walking towards the market

Inside a lovely gift shop…….read: danger zone!

Inside a 1700's building with 14 foot vaulted ceilings and its own well....but shopping!.

True, but beautiful, danger!

Antique silver pieces repaired for wearing.

Reconditioned coin silver jewelry

Exquisite pieces of coin silver jewelry.

Interior of gift shop near Al-Mutran Guest House at Bishop Square, Old City Nazareth

Fabric embroidered by local women in geometric patterns…predominantly in reds.

Peeking into courtyard of a hostel

Lovely little street in Nazareth

One of my favourite photos from today – a quiet little street with cyprus trees.

Closeup view at a copper - brassware shop

Close up view of old and new copper and brass-ware.

Fahoum Coffee & Spices shop - Nazareth Old City Market

Wonderful coffee where we tried it out first!!

Coffee shopper

Another coffee shopper

Historical photo of Mary's Well, Nazareth, taken in 1920

Cool historical photo found in the Al-Mutran.  It doesn’t look like this any more……
To be continued…..