Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jerusalem Part III - Santa meets God

Santa? or is it Bill Clinton in disguise?

Dear Citizens of the World!

Being an expat in the very Western Tel Aviv you often forget that you are in the Holy Land...Whereas Jerusalem is the front-line of the battle between religions.

Personally, the stress of living on the front line would not be my choice location, but going for the day is well worth the time, and easy to do since it only takes about 45 minutes to get there from Tel Aviv.

However, on this visit, we were only had time to visit the Holly Supulchre and to have lunch at a restaurant the Pope John Paul ate at.

I love how the intense beam of winter sunlight shoots across the church.

The low amount of light and the one-meter thick wall makes the shot look like a drawing...

Natural light from the eye of the Pantheon-like dome of the Saint Supulchor Church

Christmas decorations on sale in the Christain quarter.

So, if you are in Tel Aviv and you miss the Christmas spirit. Head on over to the front-line and buy some decorations from a Muslim vendor in the Christian quarter that will still be open during the Jewish Shabbat!

-The United Statesian

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lunar Eclipse 2011 - Tel Aviv

Dear Citizens of the World,

Traveling the world, not only do you get to see the countries from a different perspective... but the sky changes as well.

Luckily, it was a clear evening and the early 4:30 pm sunset made the lunar eclipse from my terrace easy to watch.

A close-up ... proof that I need a better camera for kings day ;-)

Have a nice week! And don't forget to look up to the heavens while you are might look different.

- United Statesian