Israel Impressions 8: Modern Jerusalem

May 19, 2013

Light rail alone the Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

Light rail along the Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

The modern city of Jerusalem

The modern city of Jerusalem

It was fun to leave the old, walled city of Jerusalem and explore a bit in the modern era!  Audrey and I walked up the Jaffa Road to the Jewish market, Mahane Yehuda.  What a vibrant place!  It reminded me of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, but with more energy.  From there, we wandered, mapless, on the residential streets of the earliest Jewish immigrants to Jerusalem.  There was always something interesting to see, whether people, cats, or architectural elements.

Along the Jaffa Road (these buildings reminded my of New Orleans)

Along the Jaffa Road (these buildings reminded me of New Orleans)

Olive vendor in the Jewish market

Olive vendor in the Jewish market

Tea stall, Mahane Yehuda

Tea stall, Mahane Yehuda

Kippas for sale

Kippas for sale

Mahane Yehuda market, Jerusalem

Mahane Yehuda market, Jerusalem

A peak into the entry way of an apartment in a Jewish residential area

A peak into the entry way of an apartment in a Jewish residential area

Grillwork on window

Grillwork on window

Overflow from a crowded synagogue, Jerusalem

Overflow from a crowded synagogue, Jerusalem

Using a balcony for storage, Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

Using a balcony for storage, Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

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5 Responses to “Israel Impressions 8: Modern Jerusalem”

  1. Shantaya Says:

    Great pictures. Makes me eager to go one day.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Love, love, love your photos. I lived in Jerusalem, walking distance from Mahane Yehuda, where we used to shop. Seeing light rail on Rehov Yafo is quite a shock! (I haven’t been back since 1983.)

    • Rosemary Says:

      Rebecca, how wonderful that you are able to recognize your old stomping grounds from my photos. I think the density of the city must contribute to Jerusalem’s air of liveliness and vibrancy. I would go back any time.

  3. shoreacres Says:

    Of all the things I miss about Liberia, the markets are near the top. These photos capture “market appeal” so well – especially those olives!

    • Rosemary Says:

      That olive vendor had a sense of humor. When I asked him if I could take a photo, he said only if I tasted one of his peppers. I say, “Oh, no, you’re going to give me a spicy hot one.” He insisted, No, it was sweet. So warily I bit into the pepper, and of course, it set my mouth on fire. I yelped, “Wow!” And the vendor and his customer, who was watching all this interchange, just laughed and let me take the picture I wanted. It was all good-natured, and now I’ll always remember this exchange when I see the olive photo.


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