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Sabbath in the City – Friday in Jerusalem

Temple on the Mount in Israel

We were sitting cross legged on the ground of a stone walkway overlooking the Western Wall plaza. Each of us had brought a large bottle of water that we sipped on frequently as we tried to squeeze ourselves into the little shade offered by the wall we leaned against. It was still daylight, an hour before the setting sun would indicate the start of the Sabbath, but the crowds were already assembling below. To our left, the golden dome of the Temple on the Mount shined with the last rays of the setting sun. We had only planned on staying in Jerusalem for three nights before heading to … Read More

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Christmas Markets of Eastern Europe

Snowy Church in Budapest, Hungary

Snowy Road in Budapest Starting in mid-November of every year, Christmas Markets start popping up all over Europe. In December of 2010, I took a mini train journey through Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic. The cheery Christmas Markets were definitely one of the highlights of my trip.  Pretzels for Sale in Vienna, Austria – Not sure about ‘Krapfen’  Each city, especially the major capitals is usually home to many different markets ranging in size.  Different markets are usually popular for different reasons – food, crafts, entertainment, decorations. Most major squares will house at least a few Christmas booths … Read More

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