Israel 2011 — Day 9 — Jerusalem + Meet the Pilgrims

We started our day at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was betrayed. Nearby is the Church of All Nations, a worldwide effort to commemorate the area. The church is very attractive on the outside but rather dark inside.


Church of All Nations

Next we drove to the top of the Mount of Olives for THE classic view of Jerusalem. We took a group photo here,

View from Mount of Olives

and then we walked down the hill to Dominus Flevit, the place where Jesus wept for Jerusalem.


Dominus Flevit

On our way to the next church, we stopped for lunch at a Greek Orthodox Monastery — what a rip off! — $3 for a smallĀ bottle of water.

Our last stop of the day was Ein Karem, the home of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. Here we saw the Church of the Visitation,

Church of the Visitation

commemorating Mary’s 3-month visit to assist her aging cousin with her pregnancy. Mary, of course, was also pregnant with Jesus.

Before we left the village we sampled some local gelato — very good!

And now, let me introduce our fellow pilgrims:

First of all, our leaders:

Belmont Tour representative & orchestrator of our trip

Frank Brown

Our local guide, from Nazaren Tours


Our spiritual leader

Monsignor John Allard

The rest of our group, in no special order

Karen & Henry

Walter & Rita

Henry & Walter are brothers.

Cindy & Howard

Eleanor & Lorraine


Joe & Peggy

Joe & Peggy are our lone representatives from Long Island.

Gerry & Marvin


The previous three are from Bennington, Vermont. They have traveled with Frank before.

Connie & Connie




Maureen, Father Ed, & Jeanette

Our bus driver took us to places that buses should not be able to travel. He was absolutely excellent.






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