Saturday, March 30, 2013


We are in Jerusalem and I feel like a kid in a candy store. I am fit to burst. I want to know everything and do everything. Every other time I've been here, I've been more interested in meeting up with friends, shopping, getting drunk or chasing boys. But this time I really want to be here and I want to know why; Why is he wearing that? What is that hat made out of? Why are there numbers on the bricks? What does that scrawly writing mean? How old is this place? Where can we get the best hummus?

And I want to know who all these men at the market in the Old City are. How long they have been doing what they do. Where they get their wares from. How much does it cost to rent a stall there and do leases come up often? Where their wives and families are. What their houses look like and what they'll eat for dinner.

I think I am becoming nosier as I get older.

And I want to look at everything. And taste everything. And know it's name. And it's history.

Jerusalem is probably the craziest place I have ever been. It is a melting pot of so many cultures and religions and nationalities. Everywhere you look there are people in different costumes, speaking different languages, on different missions.

I'm not sure any of the religious stuff is really for me, but I love Jerusalem's culture. I love the intensity and the feeling. It feels rich. It feels like it is filled with stories. I'm really fascinated by those stories.

And I'm fascinated by the experience my girlies are having. I wonder how much of this they are taking in. How much they'll remember. What they'll tell their friends when we get home. Jerusalem sure is a long way from Daylesford.

I hope you are well and happy lovely peeps.
I hope your weekend is magic.

Happy travels. xx


  1. Amazing, loving following your travels
    What a wonderful family trip

  2. This is just the most wonderful family trip. I would be the same, not their for the religious journey but for the incredible sights, smells and to people watch. Looking forward to seeing more of your travels. Elaina xo

  3. I'm with you!I'd love the answers to those questions!!

  4. Ohhh I want to know all the answers to all of your questions too!!!! Lovely pictures Thanks for sharing it looks like a great place. I love the aladdin looking lamps or brass pots they look like a genie will come out if you rub it.

  5. It was quite a religious day in Jerusalem today :-)
    I love your pictures, I can nearly smell, taste and feel it over here in Holland.
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Nesta época tão especial,estar em Jerusalém e um presente de Deus.Feliz Páscoa para vocês.

  7. We're lucky that you're so observant with your camera. It's an amazing time to be there, too! Lovely post :-)

  8. Oh Kate, thank you so much for bringing a taste of Jerusalem magic into my weekend. I recently watched Yotam Ottolenghi and I have his book "Jerusalem", and I am dying to go there. He describes it just as you do. Enjoy

  9. Wow what an amazing place to be, looks awesome, your photos are gorgeous! I'm guessing its a busy place at this time of year!

  10. Looks intense and amazing. Although I did have a chuckle at Nard Incense! Maybe not an aroma with which to fill one's house!

  11. Your photos and words are making it all jump right off the looks like an amazing trip of a lifetime. xxx

  12. I am so enjoying your travels, Kate. Israel was an amazing place to be 35 years ago when my new husband and I went there and evidently still is. The sights and sounds were overwhelming and I have an enduring memory of the moon rising over the Mount of Olives - a very emotional moment although I am not religious. I remember admiring the faith and energy that had made the desert bloom, enjoying my first taste of falafel at Haifa bus station, crying at Yad Vashem museum and being rather alarmed at sharing a bus seat at various times with well-dressed people armed with rifles (off-duty soldiers, ready to defend at all times.) Thank you for sharing your experiences and bringing the memories flooding back.

  13. Wow, yum wow yum wow wow yum wow...... what ARE those numbers about??

    1. Those houses were moved from one area to another and they numbered every single stone before they took them apart so they could put them back together again in exactly the same order. They were in a slum and now they are in one of the wealthiest arcades filled with designer shops.

  14. Great questions! Hope you find the answers xx

  15. This looks like such an amazing trip. Your family will have such special memories and great photographs to look back at - use one of those online companies to make a book. My favourite UK one is Photobox; there's something special about having a trip in it's own book with the addition of your own words.

  16. Ooh i have always wanted to see Jerusalem. Thanks for the taster! Looks like you are having the trip of a lifetime.

  17. To be able to see Jerusalem just as it is right now with it's connection to Easter,is a rare treat, thank you for sharing!

  18. Great photos and looks like you are having an amazing time.

  19. Thank you for sharing your amazing trip. Gorgeous photos.

  20. Wow, amazing pictures.

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  22. Hi,

    I can answer one of your questions - the numbers on the building in Mamilla.
    The building is a historic building - I think Herzl (the founder of modern Zionism) stayed there when he visited the holy land - then a province of the Ottoman empire.
    The reason for the numbers is that once the new Mamilla project started, this building had to be taken apart to make way for the vast contruction that was going on there. But they wanted to keep the building exactly how it was because, again, it's historic, so they numbered every briok so they'll know how to reconstruct it afterwards. And sure thing, after the infrustracture and everything was finished and the new buildings or recontructed buildings were being worked on, that old building was re-esesmbled again brick by brick to the eactly same building - thanks to the numbers on the bricks.
    I guess they left the numbers on the bricks as a reminder of the process - and for people to be curious about it.

  23. Oh my goodness these pics are just so good! What an amazing adventure to return to אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל (said in my best heebroo uksent) with your kids. Can't wait to see you all when you get home and hear all your stories. Love from our beautiful lil town. xx

  24. Your photos are completely incredible. I LOVE the detail you capture, you are truly gifted with your visionxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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