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    Street Food

    by Bregman Written May 7, 2005

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    These bagels are typically Jerusalem food. Even though you can find them all over the country. Do not forget to ask for Zaatar to accompany the bagel. Eating in the street while walking is perfectly acceptable in Israel, so you can keep walking enjoying the alleys while eating the bagel.

    Bagels

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    And the cloth only...

    by Bregman Written Apr 29, 2005

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    In Jerusalem you are always surrounded by religion. But, pay attention! Things are much more complicated than anywhere else in the world. It's not only Christianity, Islam and Judaism. There are dozens of different cults and groups, some really exotic. For example, in this photo you can see the clothes of an Ethiopian monk, taken outside of the church. This church doesn't look like any European church. Now, if you walk about 20 metres from this church you will find yourself in the middle of an ultra-orthidox Jewish neighbourhood which looks like 18th century Hungary.

    Ethiopian monk?

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    Tip for Tat

    by gilabrand Updated Jan 5, 2005

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    In Israel, it is not customary to tip taxi drivers. Always ask them to put on the meter when you get in, or settle on some price before you start out. Otherwise they will insist on some outrageous sum at the end of your ride.

    Tips are customary only at the hairdressers (you give a few shekels to the person who washes your hair) and at restaurants. I think 10-15% of the bill is about right, if you get decent service.

    Hang on to your money
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    Respectful Clothing

    by freya_heaven Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Obviously Jerusalem is full of religous shrines of importance to one religion or another, so covering up certainly legs & in some cases arms are a must.

    Even in some of the streets on the Old Ciry there are signs instructing you to cover up.

    The easiest thing to do is keep a sarong in your bag, its light weight, easy to put on & off over your shorts full length & should keep everyone happy.

    Western Wall,

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    OUR tradition, VT meet restaurant

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 26, 2003

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    We took Carmen and Stacey to have the end of our Jerusalem VT meet in "Anashiem" (the name means "people") a restaurant located in Ein Karem, a beautiful old part of "new" Jeruslaem, one of the first settlements outside of Jerusalem proper. Today it is inside the city limits, but that was not always so. You can see (from left front) me, Tal, Zohara, Carmen and Stacey. My goodness does not everyone look happy here.

    VT meet at

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    Bargin, bargin, bargin

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 18, 2003

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    When you purhcase anything from the shops in the old city of Jerusalem, or any of the tourist shops for that matter, you should bargin. Yes, it is almost a given and expected of you. The prices are jacked up in anticipation of bargining, so if you do not bargin you may be paying twice or more what the item is worth. Here you can see our daughter Tal giving Stacey and Carmen a hand with their bargining on olive wood products. They got about a 40% reduction if I remember correctly.

    Bargining in Jerusalem, Israel

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    Walk through the old city.

    by seagoingJLW Updated Jan 16, 2003

    Walk through the Old City inside the walls. It is made up of four quarters: the Christian Quarter (north-west,) the Moslem Quarter (north-east,) the Armenian Quarter (south-west,) and the Jewish Quarter (south-east.)

    the narrow streets are lined with small shops such as butchers, greengrocers, bakeries, leather shops, jewelry shops and perfumeries. Bargaining is expected.

    Inside the Jaffa Gate

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    Alleys

    by frankcanfly Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    I enjoyed walking the alleys of oldtown Jerusalem the most. As you wander from one Quarter to another, you see an incredible variety of culture.

    It does not seem as dangerous here as the international media portrays it. (But then again, I never seem to feel endangered.....) There are normal, productive and happy people living here from all parts of the world!

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    In some parts of the city, you...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    In some parts of the city, you will see old and new transportation at the same time. Still a lot of people use horses and camels for transportation of their goods, most of the time these are the nomads that live in the desert. Most people in Israel are modern like you and I and have a car.

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    JERUSALEM - BUDAPEST in the...

    by mariettz Written Aug 24, 2002

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    JERUSALEM - BUDAPEST in the same minits of GOD...

    Please see live photo form BUDAPEST.Link on the
    photo:http://www.irisz.hu--->
    and Video archives from August 20.2000.(21.00h):
    The FIREWORK:
    '1000 YEARS HUNGARY and CHRISTIANITY in it':-)

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    Carrying the cross

    by Bregman Written Jun 17, 2005

    Every Friday you will see pilgrims carrying a cross along Via Dolorosa, following Jesus on his last journey. Shown here is the 8th station.

    Via Dolorosa

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    Tamarhindi

    by Bregman Written Jun 17, 2005

    Give tamarhindi a try... This mid-eastern drink is sold by special men dressed with this traditional costume, carrying the tamarhindi tank on their back.

    Tamarhindi

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    Who are we?

    by Bregman Written Jun 17, 2005

    I saw this group of Muslims in Bethesda. They seemed like they belonged to some cult involved in ritual of some sort. But, I have no clue which one was it...

    What is that?

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