Rebecca at Recuerda mi Corazon has offered a new Sunday challenge she is calling Postcards from Paradise. Some of you who read here regularly know that I returned a week ago from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where I took more than 500 photos. I've been posting entries as I debrief my trip. It was a life changing experience for me on many levels and it will take me the rest of my life to even begin to assimilate it.
Here are a few photos from Israel that aren't as touristy as some, but that really spoke to me about life simply happening no matter where you are.
This photo of a shepherd near Ruth's Field Restaurant in Palestine's Shepherd's field really struck me. I shot it through the restaurant window. I'll have to admit that had I been outside, the shepherd was asking for money if you took his photo. Everybody has to make a living, yes?
And this includes Ruth herself. Her restaurant serves the best falafel I've ever eaten in my life.
We stayed five nights at the Knight's Palace, Latin Patriarch, inside the walls of Jerusalem, a classic pilgrim's hotel. It was just inside the New Gate and the wall itself could be seen in our patio. The second day we were there, a hoard of Russian orthodox tourists joined us for meals. I had brought my iPad and each night before dinner I checked my e-mail, and so did Fr. Ray. Yes, the hotels all had wi-fi. Ljudmila, one of the Russian tourists, plunked herself next to Mary Lou and me. She spoke no English and we spoke no Russian, but she managed, with the iPad, to show us where she lived in Russia--and to show us where she would be going next in Jordan. We all exchanged e-mails and it really touched me that our paths had crossed thousands of miles from our homes.
In our patio was this Peace Pole which the school I work at also has displayed in one of our gardens near my office. You can see a peek of the Jerusalem wall at the top of the photo. When we took the Ramparts walk around Jerusalem on the top of the wall we could see directly into our patio and our rooms on the garden level.