We began our day with a visit to Bethlehem and a tour of an olive wood carving factory. We, of course, went shopping before heading to the Church of the Nativity–the site where it is said that Jesus was born. From Bethlehem, we travelled to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. After that, we walked into the Old City. And what a walk it was–from what I’m told! I flew in and boy are my wings tired! There are going to be some aching muscles in the morning. We spent the afternoon in the Old City, walking the route of the crucifixion; ending our day at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which some believe is the site of Jesus’ tomb.
Tomorrow we return to Jerusalem to visit Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall, the Holocaust Museum and other sites we missed today.