Jerusalem: Walk, Run, Ride, Skate and Eat

Jerusalem: Walk, Run, Ride, Skate and Eat

After the winter rains, when the skies clear over Jerusalem, Israel,

Valley of Cross after winter rain in Jerusalem

open spaces like this one under the Israel Museum turn green.

Kalonit blooming in Valley of Cross in Jerusalem Israel

Instead of driving south to see the kalaniot, the red poppies, popping up,

Kalonit blooming in Jerusalem park

I love to walk through the paths in the Valley of the Cross,

Jerusalem Valley of Cross kalionit blooming

to see the wonders of nature right here in Jerusalem,

Wild flowers in Jerusalem Israel Valley of Cross

and see those red flowers that open up in the sunshine.

Valley of Cross wild flowers Jerusalem

As the wild flowers peek through the rocks and weeds, often I am alone walking up the hill towards the Israel Museum and the Knesset.

Nursery Shabat party in Jerusalem Park

However, last Friday morning, nursery children were having a pre-Shabbat party with their parents.

Children running in Jerusalem park

School children were also appreciating the wonders of spring.

Man running on path in Jerusalem Valley of Cross

Not all were walking, this man was running down the path that leads to

New bike and walking trail in Jerusalem Valley of Cross

this new walking and cycling path that will lead to the  Jerusalem Marathon finish line.

View of Old City Jaffa Gate with banner for Jerusalem Winner Marathon 2019 Israel sport

The Jerusalem Winner Marathon to be held on March 15, 2019 was launched last night by new Mayor Moshe Lion.

Jerusalem Israel walking and bike path

The full marathon runners, with the Knesset in the not so far distance, at this point will be near the finish line.

Jerusalem Israel new bike path ready for Jerusalem marathon finish

The new path is ready for the full Jerusalem Marathon runners before they enter the Gan Sacher, Sacher Park.

Jerusalem Israel new park development bike path to Gan Sacher

There will be many more vantage points this year, as old and burnt areas have been cleared.

Sacher Park new benches and path

New benches have been placed along the cycling, walking and running path for spectators.

Sacher Park new paths for walking, biking and running.

After months of work, Gan Sacher looks like it will be ready before the start countdown.

Ice eat sign, ice skating and food at Mitchell Park Jerusalem Israel

Posted across from Gan Sacher, is this large ad for the ice skating rink and food in Mitchell Park.

Jerusalem 2019 ice skating rink in park near Artist Colony

The Jerusalem Marathon is in its ninth year,  but there is a new location for the ice skating rink.

There have been previous ice skating rinks in Jerusalem, but this one seems to be the largest, with a new concept of ice and eat in Mitchell Park, which is near the Artists’ Colony.

Ice skating and food in Jerusalem Israel Mitchell Park

Not many people were eating or skating last night.

Ice skating in Mitchell Park Jerusalem Israel smoking section

No one was smoking last night when we went to check it out.

GFNY bikers in Jerusalem Israel practice ride before May 3 race

And finally cycling. GFNY is set for May 3, 2019, and the registration sale ends at the end of February, but these cyclists were out training already. Another chance for amateur cyclists to ride with the pros.

Jerusalem is not usually associated with sports, but walk, run, ride, or skate, or sit and eat.

Always something new happening on these Jerusalem streets.

More photos of marathon launch HERE

Shabbat Shalom

The sun is shining over Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Friday there is much to do in the kitchen to prepare for Shabbat.

However, it is so good to get out and walk and see the wonderful sights.

I made two posters for Shabbat Shalom, but could not decided which to use.

Jerusalem Israel palm tree for Shabat shalom

It’s a double month of Adar, so I decided to post them both.

Purple iris bloom for Jerusalem Israel Shabbat shalom

Inspired by the flowers blooming this time of year.

Which is your favorite?

שבת שלום

Jerusalem Oh What You Can See

Jerusalem Oh What You Can See

In Jerusalem, Israel, it is hard to predict what will happen next during the winter.

One day it’s rainy and grey. Then the next day, skies clear and the sun warms up the streets.

Inside is another story, even with heat my feet are cold wearing boots or furry slippers.

But if you get out and walk on the Jerusalem streets, oh the colors you can see.

Jerusalem Israel morning street scene off Ben Yehuda

In the morning a shopkeeper gets ready for the day in his little alleyway.

Public toilet in Jerusalem Israel

You can see the public toilet in the park is clean.

Jerusalem graffiti old and new

You can see graffiti and a clear blue sky in an old building under renovation.

Cloudy sky and building crane in Jerusalem Israel

You can see the blue sky through white clouds, and building cranes reaching toward them.

View from Jerusalem Israel

You can see the construction for new light rail stations, this view from Har Hotzvim.

lemon tree in Jerusalem in winter

It is winter, look up and see the lemons are yellow on the tree.

Yellow flowers in Jerusalem in winter

Look down you can see yellow flowers on the ground.

pink flowers in winter in Jerusalem israel

Here pink flowers are peaking out on top of a wall.

Aloe flowers in bloom in Jerusalem Israel in winter

Those orange aloe flowers abound.

Large aloe in Hansen Garden in Jerusalem Israel

In Hansen Garden the aloe plants are huge and green.

This old brown palm tree needs to be propped up, but the ground is covered in green.

Jerusalem park green in winter

In the park across the road, after winter rains it is also green.

Blooming almond tree in Jerusalem Israel

And the blossoms can be seen on trees all around.

winter rose in Jerusalem Israel

Winter and delicate roses are in bloom.

Rose bud in winter in jerusalem

White or pale pink, I love the ones that bloom in winter.

flower box in winter in Jerusalem

As much of the northern hemisphere is frigid and covered with snow, here in Jerusalem flowers flourish outdoors in winter.

Flowers planted in garden at Beit Hanasi jerusalem

These flower pots at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence, are hard to see from the street.

Beit Hanasi garden in Jerusalem Israel photo with visiting UN Ambassadors

But once inside, even the 28 visiting UN Ambassadors stopped to have a look and pose for a photo.

Flags at Beit Hanasi for President of Austria

Oh the colors of flags you can see in Jerusalem!

The President of Austria received a red carpet welcome along with his red and white flags.

Band members on way to position for President of Austria at Beit Hanasi

For official diplomatic visits you can see and hear the police band,

IDF honor guard at Beit Hanasi for Austrian president

and see the colors of an IDF honor guard.

Presidents of Israel and Austria in Beit Hanasi in Jerusalem Israel

President Alexander Van der Bellen spoke on serious issues, of the Holocaust and antisemitism.

But you could see a smile on President Rivlin’s face when he mentioned schnitzel. 

Austrian lapel pin in Jerusalem Israel

There were many blue and white flag lapel pins, for Israel and for EU.

If you looked hard you could see this tiny, red and white lapel pin.

It made me think of candy canes.

President of Austria signs guest book as his wife and President Rivlin watch

The presidents met so long not many stayed around to see the pen did not work when signing the guest book – Oops, quick get a new pen.

Woman looking at photos at Islamic Museum in Jerusalem Israel

Across the street at the Islamic Museum there is a new exhibit.

Photo exhibit at Islamic Museum

These large photos are printed on special wallpaper like panels. Taken with special camera equipment, you can see fine details.

Netanyahu and Trump on side of Jerusalem building election time

However, at the entrance to Jerusalem you can see even larger photos.

It’s election time again. The Likud Party had its primary elections yesterday.

Winners and losers and predictions flow from pundits over the air waves.

But no matter who wins, when the weather clears, and one gets out to walk on the Jerusalem streets, chances are you can see a black cat staring back.