Israel in Pictures: Part 1, Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a city of striking contrasts.

Next to stalls hawking fish are tiny shops selling beautiful pottery.
Following the Via Dolorosa, one finds the unexpected, like a sign for the Fayez Factory for Boxes.
In the heat, it is entirely necessary to cool down from time to time. Limonana (lemonade with mint) is a particular favourite.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a study in contrasts: serenity cheek-by-jowl with an absolute horde of pushy and rude pilgrims.
The Dome of the Rock shows deep blues and greens, and of course the rich gold of its dome, against the plain and severe whiteness of the surrounding stone of the Temple Mount.
Against the grandeur of the great monuments of Jerusalem is set the omnipresent graffiti, in this case the Dome of the Rock, the Kaabah in Meccah, and palm trees.
Not only the sights and sounds, but also the smells of Jerusalem are spectacular. The smell of the spice stalls in the market is incredible.
The orthodox themselves offer a contrast, being solemn black against the bright white of the stones.

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