Another week went by in Jerusalem, in Israel, in the world, as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and November comes to an end.
A 3-hour commercial flight from Dubai flew over Saudi airspace and landed in Ben Gurion Airport last Thursday.
Who would have imagined that only a few weeks ago?
Thanksgiving was celebrated in the US, under different circumstances.
I certainly don’t miss the HOURS we spent stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike, which turned into one long parking lot with the holiday traffic, no matter what the weather conditions.
In Jerusalem, Israel the winter weather is not the same as we had in the NE US.
When the sun came out on Friday after predictions of rain, it was time to get out and walk in the morning. It had been many months since I had been to the Old City and it was time to take advantage of the beautiful day and see what was happening.
The Kotel, Western Wall Plaza was filled with police vehicles, but Friday was quiet.
I had repeatedly seen the Western Wall cam images of the newest sections.
With constantly changing restrictions and regulations for COVID-19, these are the latest divisions. People gather outside before entering and pray in small groups scattered closer to the Kotel.
How long coronavirus restrictions will last is unknown. Which will come first–the completion of this elevator to the Rova, the Jewish Quarter, or the end of the pandemic?
For now, it’s still walking up the multiple staircases and steps to get from the plaza to the Jewish Quarter.
It was strange to see the road to the Armenian Quarter so quiet, especially on a Friday.
Sad to see the plaza inside Jaffa Gate so quiet, especially on Friday near midday.
However, Mamilla Mall was all but quiet on Black Friday. With the opening of more stores and malls the end of last week, crowds of shoppers were out.
Dining inside restaurants is still forbidden, but some places are offering takeout and people can find a place to sit and eat outdoors.
I took advantage of the sunny days not to eat or shop, but to walk and see what was happening in Jerusalem.
The new Museum of Tolerance is visible from Agron Street, but all museums are still closed. The Israel Museum is to open on Tuesday and so are seven other large Israeli museums.
Even found a day with no protesters across from the Knesset and a clear shot of the menorah near the Rose Garden.
This is the classic view of the Knesset from the Rose Garden.
Scenes from within the Rose Garden are less familiar and it was perfect for a nature photo walk – BC, before corona.
One family was taking advantage of a photo session in the Rose Garden. Dozens of student groups were spread throughout the park area, and one advantage of corona school closings is seeing young people outside.
On my way out of the Rose Garden, I noticed another view of the Knesset.
From the gates of the Israeli Supreme Court campus, there is a straight path to the Knesset Building entrance.
This short stone path leads directly from the Knesset
into the Supreme Court. How many times had been in the Rose Garden and not noticed this path?
The view of Nahalot from the Rose Garden is still the same, but new buildings are rising daily just beyond it. Construction during this coronavirus time is going at a fast pace.
The new landscaping in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, was being prepared.
And in one day, hundreds of plantings were put in the ground by work crews after the irrigation was set.
The refurbished play equipment in Gan Sacher with its new bright colors and ramp are ready after months of work.
Jerusalem’s Teddy Park was lovely and green, but quiet for a Friday.
Jerusalem streets are changing and getting ready for visitors whenever that will be in the future, looking forward to tourists from Dubai and Bahrain and more to fill the hotels under construction and those closed now because of COVID.
Besides the green nature areas, it’s time to appreciate the colorful autumn sunsets.
As always there was more happening on the real Jerusalem streets, but will save and share next time.
Take care and stay well!