Above is a link that Lorelle sent to me after she read my post on this blog. Now, I never knew she lived in Israel for a while, and I must admit I am envious. If anyone is interested in photography I suggest reading this blog. There is a lot of experience here and a lot of wisdom in photographing Jerusalem. I also suspect that with all of her travels she has a lot more “help” in this blog for all of us that love to take pictures.
This picture here is of the Dome of the Rock. Supposedly the Arc of the Covenant is below the dome, but it hasn’t been dug up yet as this land is owned by Muslims and they won’t let the Jewish people in there to dig it up. So what do the Jewish do? They dig totally under the dome. It’s amazing, but it’s what they are doing. I must say this is one of my favorite views of Jerusalem. I want to go back there someday and spend an entire week (7 days) there researching and learning about the early church.
This picture was taken in a village on the isle of Rhodes. I went there back in 2009 on a cruise and I then went on a tour of Rhodes. This village was what most of American’s think of when they think of a Greek village. Every building was white, blue roofs, and the streets were basically passageways where people walked from home to shop etc. I didn’t see one car in this village, but I did see mopeds. This stairway amazed me because I watched an elderly woman walk up those stairs with 2 bags filled with what I assumed was produce. I was totally amazed how quickly this woman maneuvered up the stairs, like she was still a kid. Well she didn’t move that fast but fast enough. She seemed to be in good health and I suspect it is because being Greek, she ate a typical Greek diet which is far healthier than what we (American’s) consume.
As I walked around this village I kept thinking how cool it would be to live here for awhile. I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life there, but it would be interesting to live in a place like that for 6 months to a year. It’s not an easy thing to live in another country by yourself, but I would be willing to give it another shot on the Isle of Rhodes.
I took this picture just as we were getting ready to ride a camel. Now if I was smart I wouldn’t have gotten on a camel in the first place, but then again I’ve never said I’m the smartest cookie on the plate. I’ve heard stories of how a sand storm can come rolling in and totally blanket everything with sand. Well it’s true. By the time this storm passed, I was covered in sand. I felt gritty and dirty the entire day, night, and all of the next day until about 3 in the afternoon when our guide arranged for all of us on the tour to have showers.
While I was sitting on the camel waiting for the storm to pass, I kept feeling the sand pellet my legs and arms. I covered my head with a scarf that one of the camel guys gave to me. (Yes I still have the scarf) Now as the sand was hitting me, I remember thinking “this shouldn’t hurt this much, it’s just sand.” Boy was I wrong! It hurt! I’ll never forget that camel ride for the rest of my life. I don’t think I want to ride another camel, well maybe a 2 hump camel someday, but if I ever get back to Egypt, I’m not planning on riding another camel. But maybe I’d like to see another sand storm from inside a vehicle and really watch in roll in. Now that would be cool.