The weather was rather strange when I went to the Old City this morning. Grey clouds, windy but pretty hot with 25 degrees Celsius. Now, by the way, it is raining.
So, how is the Old City of Jerusalem on Pessach (Passover)? Romantic, mystical or just as usual? I think that all three of them come together. One thing for sure: When you decide to buy something to eat, it won’t be cheap. 🙂 Pessach and Sukkot are the most profitable time for shopkeepers.
Thousands of Jews from all over the country and abroad were trying to make their way through the crowded alleyways down to the Kotel (Western Wall). The cheap coffee chains such as COFIX and COFIZZ are closed on Pessach. Only the souvenir shops and the more expensive restaurants were open.
I wanted to go down to the Kotel Plaza but the line – ups in front of the security were endless. You will see one of those line – ups in the video. Including a bunch of Imams dressed in black and wearing white hats (turbans?).
I made this video while walking down the stairs to the Kotel. However, I didn’t enter the Kotel Plaza due to the crowds but stayed outside where the local buses leave. You can see the Dome of the Rock as well as the Al Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount.
The traditional Bircat HaCohanim (Blessing of the Cohanim) is taking place tomorrow during the morning prayer Shacharit.
To tell you the truth: I was glad to leave because I simple don’t like crowds. It is always great to be in the Jewish Quarter and at the Kotel but not necessarily when thousands of people are around you. 🙂
Most Israelis love to travel to nature parks on Chol HaMoed (the Intermediate days on Pessach and Sukkot). People go to the Dead Sea or to the beaches around Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. I, on the other hand, prefer sitting on my balcony and reading a good book. Just relaxing and enjoying the meals I am preparing for myself. No line – ups and not stepping on each others feet. 🙂
I will be uploading more videos but and this is only the first one. Enjoy!!!