Coming off the heels of an incredible second full day in DC, we awoke enthusiastic to plunge into the last full day we would spend here. As luck would have it, the weather was absolutely ideal—sunny and 68 degrees with a cool spring breeze. A short jaunt brought the crew to a relatively new addition […]
I began the second day of our DC experience with a moment of solitude. On each trip I take, I pick a place to watch one sunrise, typically over a body of water. In Israel it was at the Sea of Galilee, in France it was along the River Seine, and this morning I enjoyed […]
Hello from Washington, D.C.! A group of 14 of us from St. Luke’s is here enjoying a chance to tour the Museum of the Bible and a few other sites in our nation’s capital over the next few days. We arrived yesterday to crisp and sunny weather and were welcomed by cherry blossoms in full […]
Today we woke up in a wonderful hotel near Petra, Jordan. After breakfast we boarded the bus and made our way to the ancient site. Once there, several made arrangements for a horse-drawn carriage to take them to and from the archaeological site. It was a smart move for a 4 km summer walk in […]
After an early wake up call and breakfast, we left the hotel at 7:00 a.m. to head to the border with Jordan. We crossed the Allenby bridge, named in honor of British General Edmund Allenby, and began our time in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Today we headed into the Old City of Jerusalem. We began at a place just past St. Stephens Gate – St. Anne’s Church. The church is located beside the excavation of the pools of Bethesda which is featured in an important story of the New Testament:
We were all very excited to head to the Western Wall this morning! The bus dropped us off near the city gates and we walked to the Western Wall.
We had another beautiful day of weather in the Holy Land! We started the day in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is a quiet place of prayer now as it was in the time of Christ.
We left our hotel by the Sea of Galilee and drove to Jerusalem. There was a noticeable change in scenery from the green, fertile fields of the northern part of Israel to the dry, rocky hills of the southern part. We went to a scenic overlook by Hebrew University to get a first look at the city and get a good look at it.