Winter in Jerusalem: Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful

Snow in Jerusalem, Israel.

Last week snow was forecast,

but after all the excitement and buzz,

there was no snow.

Instead there was rain, lots of heavy rain and grey fog,

and no beautiful photos of white snow scenes to go viral.

We also had a garbage strike

with lots of not so pretty pictures.

I will only share one photo of an over-flowing bin

umbrellas garbage strike

of umbrellas which are useless in windy Jerusalem,

and skip the photos of mountains of ugly garbage.

The security situation did not keep me off the streets,

but the weather conditions certainly did.

With the sun now shining and warming the air,

it is time to see what is really happening.

The walk through First Station was depressing,

Waldorf - Old City 107

as at midday there it should have been full of life 

First Station no people

and more than one jewelry stall with one customer.

One family from Melbourne was wondering where all the people

were, and became my new friends and Tourist of the Week.

As for a walk through the Old City,

Jewish Quarter street empty

this pathway is usually packed with people.

I often wanted the Old City streets quiet for photos,

quiet street in old city

but this was too quiet.

Arab girls in old city

Only a few people were out enjoying the weather.

lions in Old City

Even the colorful lions were all alone.

Color, it is that time of year

when I marvel at the winter colors in Jerusalem,

red flower

red,

Aloe flowers in Yemin Moshe

orange,

yellow flowers

yellow,

green in winter Jerusalem Israel

green,

blue

blue,

Rova, flowers on Shorashim gift shop

purple,

flowers Jerusalem Israel

fuchsia,

winter flowers pink rakefet

pink,

white flowers

white,

pink and white flowers

pink and white,

sunset Jerusalem Israel sky

and the sky at sunset.

Tourists are cancelling.

Fear is keeping people away.

But those who come have had a great time.

new path in Jerusalem

These visitors from England

were able to be the first to walk on the new path,

near the skate park in Liberty Bell Park,

but more on that next time.

And the good out of the current situation?

Traffic seems to be moving better than usual.

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