15 Jerusalem Street Scenes at Year End

15 Jerusalem Street Scenes at Year End

In Jerusalem, Israel,

every year after the holiday season,

I wait for things to quiet down.

However, it never seems to happen.

This year after the Trump Jerusalem announcement,

 the mainstream media reports spewed forth about imminent unrest.

US flag on City Hall in Kikar Safra

But the streets have remained “normal,”

as a huge US flag hangs on the Municipal building

together with flag of Jerusalem and the 50-year anniversary banner.

Before the recent drenching rains,

the weather was warm, almost like summer.

Friday morning, on a photo walk to Yemin Moshe,

Yemin Moshe stairs

there were so many photographers out

it was hard to get an empty street view.

Yemin Moshe view of house

Though weather had been dry for weeks,

the private gardens were beautiful,

with citrus fruit drooping from full trees.

Yemin Moshe shul, birds outside of window

Birds were perched above the synagogue door,

Bird in tree Jerusalem, Israel

and on the bare branches in Teddy Park.

Colorful leaves in Jerusalem, Israel

Fall colors are not easy to find in Israel,

but during a stroll through these Yemin Moshe lanes

you can find a bit of most anything.

But not all is a stroll through the park around here.

Much touted before it opened,

Alma Cafe shut and empty in Jerusalem Israel public park

the cafe in Gan Haatzmaut, Independence Park,

is now an empty shell.

Access ramp to bank on Azza Street in Jerusalem Israel

This new access ramp for the bank was just completed.

Now, after weeks of work,

one can enter without going up steps.

But so much for optimism about progress,

New ramp on Azza in front of bank removed

yesterday it was ripped out.

I have no idea why,

or how long will it take to rebuild.

Poster of things to be built in Jerusalem at City Hall

At Municipal Hall there are large posters of photos

displaying future building projects in Jerusalem.

Any bets when they will be completed?

Walking yesterday I saw

Walls of Old City, man sitting in sun reading

a man sitting and reading,

against the walls of the Old City.

Outside cafe along light rail line on Jaffa Road on sunny day

While along Jaffa Road,

people were sitting outside in cafes.

For winter, it was not such a bad day,

even though I was wearing a winter coat and boots.

Two men on Jaffa Street, one in shorts other religious musician

This bloke in shorts said he was from Australia.

Well, it is summer there.

metal sculpture near Mamilla Mall

No time to fiddle away,

this was part of an art piece at Mamilla Mall.

There last week, but gone yesterday.

Public square piano with man and little girl Jerusalem, Israel

This large piano is still outside in Zion Square,

for the use of young and old.

It is still December,

Jerusalem Marathon sign for March 2018, near walls of Old City Tzahal Square

but large signs are already up, this one  in Tzahal Square,

near the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

The Jerusalem Marathon is set for March 9, 2018,

and tens of thousands from near and far,

young and not so young, are getting ready

to again enjoy and race through the Jerusalem streets.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

The New Year holiday season is over,

and a new month begins.

On the Jerusalem, Israel streets

you can see and feel the changing seasons.

I had trouble deciding on one Shabbat Shalom

and Chodesh Tov photo.

The suffganiot, Chanukah donuts are out!

But the steps of Yemin Moshe are always beautiful.

Steps in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

From Jerusalem, Israel,

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

חודש טוב

Chodesh Tov