Once again in Jerusalem, the weather has turned overnight, from freezing cold and cloudy to a full-blown sunshine heatwave.
Well, except when the next sand storm blows in to block the rays.
We asked for warmer and it’s here this week.
Lucky are all those thousands of returning tourists! People who have wanted to come but because of corona and closings were not able to get to Jerusalem sooner, they are arriving daily.
The Old City should be buzzing this year with Passover, Ramadan, Easter Sunday, and Orthodox Palm Sunday coinciding.
But there is much more to do in Jerusalem!
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is a short drive, with the Aquarium nearby,
and it’s fun to check out the new butterfly house when the sun is shining.
Even at the Knesset, where you can book and join a free tour, there’s a large crane rising above the Knesset. Building construction is everywhere. Traffic is back and filling the Jerusalem Streets.
The Rose Garden and Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, are close to the Knesset.
Now that the 11th Jerusalem Marathon is over the park is much quieter than last week with tens of thousands of runners trying to stay dry.
The new playground is large with something for almost everyone. I am fond of that special Jerusalem lion.
However, I want to share some of the lesser-known spots for those who want some quiet time.
- For the past 6 years, the Gazelle (Deer) Park, near Malha Mall, has gotten more crowded with visitors during the Passover holiday.
Hansen House Gardens are open to the public, plus the annual Design Week is happening soon.
How about a quiet nature spot to eat a picnic lunch off of Emek Refaim?
The Jerusalem Nature Museum is a local secret hideaway, saved from developers, slowly being renovated, and used for varied big events before Covid and starting up again taking advantage of outside spaces.
I love how this time of year flowers pop thru the old stones.
At Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence, I saw this week that signs have been posted to explain the old stones displayed in the gardens on the new audio tour. Tour groups are back at Beit Hanasi!
This week the water was turned on at Jerusalem’s new-old tourist spot.
New signs for France Square were posted.
After months and months of construction,
the France Square dedication was held.
Mayor Moshe Lion was surrounded by Israeli flags, but no French ones.
The previous dedication was done by then Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski with the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe surrounded by media.
The old Paris Square stone was not incorporated into the new plaza.
Paris Square became known for the late-night anti-government rallies.
For those who do not remember, the old design had a street,
steps to the fountain area,
and what Paris Fountain looked like before this renovation.
The trees are not in full bloom, but the new France Square looks like the proposed design the city published.
For those breathing a sigh of relief that construction noise and protests are finally over at this junction of Jerusalem streets.
The building at #62 King George Street is scheduled to come down and a new taller building is to replace it.
The Jerusalem building that was considered new in 1965, at the edge of the city is now old and to be replaced.
Meanwhile, the fountain on or off seems to be a magnet for children.
A short video from the official dedication of France Square.
Or check out, one of my favorite Jerusalem views on a Jerusalem Photo Walk.
Looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the Jerusalem streets!