Modern Jerusalem by day and by night

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 06, 2010

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Today we are touring New Jerusalem, quite a contrast from yesterday's visit to the Old City. We start off doing a 'drive by' of the Knesset, Israel's parliament.  This is a high security area and no visitors that have not been vetted beforehand are allowed into the Knesset.  We head to the Holocaust memorials.

A very sobering visit to first the children's memorial, a simple but very moving site.  There are a few small lights that are reflected by mirrors so there appear to be many, all the time there is a reading of the names and ages of all the missing children, victims of the Holocaust.

Then we headed to the site with the names of all the camps, the only place photos were allowed.  After this we went through the museum.  In Israel, military service is compulsory for all young men and women.  As part of their training the recruits are all taken to their various historic sites and given lectures on all aspects of their history.  So we ran into military personnel everywhere on our trip through the old city and the museums.  I guess this is to make sure they know where they came from and what to make sure never happens again.

The museum dedicated to the Holocaust and is very well done, unfortunately, we didn't have as much time here as I would have liked and we needed to work our way around recruits being lectured on the causes and effects of Nazi Germany.  We broke for lunch at the museum before continuing on our tour.

After lunch we visited the cemetery of Israel's leaders followed by a visit to the military cemetery.  The country pays attention to and honour their soldiers for obvious reasons.  We stopped at an incredible model of the walled city then visited the Shrine of the Book.  The Shrine of the Book is the holding place for the Dead Sea Scrolls which are displayed on a rotating basis (again no photos).

We returned to the hotel and rested for a bit before heading out for a Illuminated Jerusalem tour and dinner in the evening.
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