Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hello All,
After a grueling 27 hour trip back to the US, Jeanne and I arrived home yesterday on time. Jeanne crashed almost immediately and I lasted about 2 1/2 hours before sleeping 12 hours straight. We are trying to get back on Pacific time, but not quite there yet. I hope all of you that followed our blog enjoyed reading about the highlights. We both go back to work tomorrow morning, but (now that I have high speed Internet...YAY) I plan to post some more pictures by the end of the week.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Farewell Thoughts

Jeanne and I are on our last day in Israel. Over dinner last night, we discussed how this trip has challenged us professionally (the HP product release here and, for those of you who caught in the news, the merging/re-org of the 2 major business units that included the departure of Jeanne's former boss Vyomesh Yoshi. Jeanne is not sure how this will affect her, and probably won't until all the pieces that are up in the air hit the ground), personally (the culture, languages and ways of Israel are so diverse as to make your head spin) and spiritually (take a generous helping of various beliefs, religions and forms of worship... place in a large pot...stir well!).

Our guide (Ossy Kaufman) said something yesterday that really jumped out at me. "Thousands of years of traditions cannot be erased by a moment of reality (historical fact). The traditions of Israel...Jews, Arabs, Christians and the various sects of each, have generations of traditional beliefs that are so ingrained in their society, they cannot and will not be changed. He finished his thought by saying "it is up to each of us to find our beliefs, and to live together and not argue about it. We should be happy!"

And Jeanne and I are happy. Happy to have been here, and happy to be going back home.

See you soon,


A couple pictures from Bet Shean

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Friends and family,

A quick post tonight (no Wi-Fi tonight, using Jeanne’s data card). We are in a kibbutz guest house tonight within view of the Syrian and Lebanese border. Not to worry though, as we are in the  good company of the Israeli Military who are patrolling the electrified fence that is the border. Something new, we will be having dinner at a kibbutz dining room tonight and are looking forward to the experience.

Our travels took us to what Jeanne and I considered the crown jewel of our trip…Bet Shean! A huge Roman city that was destroyed by a huge earthquake in 744 and subsequently completely covered with sediment from a resulting landslide, it was remarkably preserved  by being covered up over the centuries. Only 10% of the ruins have been excavated, yet the largest amphitheater (that was used for games, performances and gladiatorial combat) was discovered, in addition to bath houses, Hippodrome and meeting halls used for political discussions. The amphitheater, complete with marble columns and the seating, would have held about 4000 people. I will download pictures later.

Tomorrow we will finish up our tour and head back to Tel Aviv, a day off to rest, then leave Israel at 11PM Friday (Israel time.) If all goes well, we will be home Saturday at noon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Today was probably the banner day of our tour so far. Caesarea, Acre, and the limestone grotto at Rosh Hanrika left one wanting to spend more time that we had at each of the sites. All were deeply rich in history and geology respectively. I am posting a few photos for now, but will try to do more later. Jeanne and I are retiring, as we are up early and doing it all over tomorrow. Megiddo, Bet Shean and Golan tomorrow. We like staying at the kibbutz hotels. Nice small rooms, great breakfast!



Eric, this one is for you...Roman Toilets!

Acre (Crusader Fortress)

Monday, March 19, 2012

A couple pictures from our trip to Jerusalem yesterday and day one in the North

Looking down at the city from the top of the Mt of Olives

The Church of All Nations which houses the rock on which
 Jesus prayed just before his betrayal by Judas

The Garden of Gethsemene

Day One

Another fantastic day in Isreal. After being picked up at our hotel early this morning, we headed straight to Nazareth. Our first stop there was the Church of the Annunciation. Built on the site that is is said to be where Mary was told by the Angel Gabriel tha she would be would become pregant by the miracle of the Holy Spirit. In the same complex is the home of Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus, and the ruins of ancient Nazareth.

From there we went to Capernaum, and visited the ancient city that we know for a fact that Jesus lived. The ruins of the city and synagogue were spectacular, as was the site of Peter's home. I will post some video when I get a chance. 

We start again tomorrow early, so it's lights out. We head for Caesarea, Acre and Golan Heights.

Until then,


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jeanne and I went back to Jerusalem today and walked up the Mt. of Olives. On the way, we were pestered by a Arab street vendor, and unfortunately I let my guard down. In a thoughtless moment, I had left my camera in the side pocket of my pack, and after the vendor "bumped" into me, I discovered minutes later that my camera was gone. Luckily, I had downloaded all the pictures I had taken so far, and the camera was probably on it's last trip (Eric, I am so glad I didn't buy a new one like we had discussed). Plus, our Smart Phones take digital quality photos and videos, so we will not have to replace our camera while on our trip.

After beating myself up for being careless, and some soothing from my wonderful wife, I enjoyed spectacular views of the old city and the Dome of the Rock from the mount. From there, we descended back down the mount, and were spellbound by the Church of All Nations, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the centuries old olive trees in the garden. As we sat in the Church, Jeanne and I tried to imagine the night of Jesus' passion,  betrayal, arrest and desertion of his disciples  over 2000 years ago. Our time there was worth the extra effort of traveling back to Jerusalem, and even the loss of a camera.

Tomorrow morning Jeanne and I will depart for the north, and will be touring for the next 3+ days. I will post pictures of today's trip and descriptions of our adventures in the North as time and connections are available.

Until then,


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dead Sea, Masada and Shabbat

Let's start with Shabbat. I accidentally got on a Shabbat elevator today and guess what? The buttons don't work during Shabbat. A Shabbat elevator goes to each floor one-by-one, up and down, automatically because pushing the button is considered work, and forbidden during Shabbat. I took me a second to realize what I had done, and that repeated pushing of the button of floor I wanted to go to did absolutely nothing. After getting off the Shabbat elevator and getting on the regular elevator, I found that it would only go down to the lobby before going back up. I will have probably just figured all this stuff out right about the time we are gettin ready to leave.

Jeanne and I both agreed that Masada was probably one of the most impressive historical sites that we have ever been to. My pictures don't even do it justice, so the couple that I will put here is just a taste of what it was really like. If any of you come to Israel, be sure to put this on your must see list. A fortress and palace originally built for Herod in the event of a revolt (or assassins) threatened his life, it was the the last stand of  a certain sect of Jews (Secarii) and other Jewish families who, after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, took refuge there. In the spring of 73 AD, a Roman garrison, led by Lucius Flavius Silva, built a siege ramp (the remants of the ramp and the 8 camps around the fortess still exist and are plainly visable) on a natural rock spur, and used an armored siege tower and battering ram to enter the 1300' high fortress. According to Jewish historian Josephus, upon entering the fortress, the Romans found most of the  buildings ablaze andthat the 900+ inhabitants had commited mass suicide rather than fall into the hands of the Romans. Today, it is a place where every  Israeli Soldier takes a solemn oath that Masada (Israel) will never fall into foreign hands again.

Looking up at Masada from the tram base.

Looking down at the Dead Sea from Masada.

Looking down at the Northern Palace.

Brave Jeanne going down the hanging staircase to the Nothern Palace.

Looking north to south across the fortress.

View of one of the Roman Camps from above.

Roman siege ramp.

After leaving Masada, we went to a public beach on the dead sea. At 1300' below sea level, it is the lowest place on earth. And at 33.7 % salinity, the Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water (so salty that if inhaled into the lungs, it would be instantly fatal). Because of the insane density of the water with salt and minerals, you literally cannot sink. Jeanne and I took a brief and very chilly dip, and yep...didn't sink.

Before I could get up to the fresh-water showers, I had an almost-table-salt granular residue forming on my body.

The highlight of the dead sea trip was as rain began to fall an we looked over to Jordan, a bright rainbow formed over the sea. All 6 of us in the van almost simultaneously spoke of the promise from God to never destroy mankind again by flood, and that he gave us a reminder in the form of a a rainbow.

Addendum to the previous post

... after we completed our tour of the Holy Sepulcher, we exited the old city walls and walked to the entrance of Zediekiah's Cave, also known as Solomon's Quarries (Although historical evidence that this cave is related to Solomon is somewhat vague). This man-made cave totaling 5 acres (about 5 city blocks) was carved out the stone over several thousand years.

From Wiki:'s_Cave

As we entered the cave, the entire length of the passage was lit by hundreds of candles. We continued down several hundred feet only to find that HP had set up a closing event dinner/concert on a HUGE platform in one of the main chambers. It was one of the most unique events that Jeanne or I have ever attended.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Just found out the we are heading to Masada and the dead sea with a couple of Jeanne's coworkers tomorrow. Saturday we are going to hang out at the hotel. Sunday we are trying to find the right day tour for the Mt of Olives.

Here is our Itinerary for our trip north:

Day 1: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra

Exit north to Caesarea, the ancient Roman Capital and port. Walking tour of theatre and archaeological ruins and excavations. Continue to Haife, Mt. Carmel, scenic view of Bahai garden, city and port. Drive to Rosh Hanikra to
visit the limestone grottos and view border with Lebanon. Return via Acre to visit the Crusader underground city and crypt. Walk through the Old City market. Overnight in north.

Day 2: Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee

Continue north via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph's carpentry. Onwards via Kafer Cana to view the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Stop to view the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Drive via Tiberias to the site of baptismal on the Jordan River.Return via scenic view of Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration.

Day 3

Drive north along the coastal road, on route stop at overlook on Megiddo and continue to Beth Shean, the extensive excavations of an ancient Roman city. Drive through the Jordan Valley, stop at the Baptismal site on the Jordan River. Ascend to the Golan Heights with an overview from Hammat Gader of Triangular Border with Syria, Jordan & Israel, on route to the Shalom Observatory. Onwards to the city of Katzrin the Talmudic capital of the Golan. Ascend to Mt Bental, overlook Kuneitra Valley. Short stop for overview of former Syrian fortification. Descend to the Hula Valley for overnight stay at Kibbutz hotel.

Day 4

Take a short tour of a kibbutz settlement. Visit the Banyas Reserve (Caesarea Philippi) the source of the Jordan River- with its flowing icy water. Then onto visit the crusader castle fortress Ka'alat Nimrod and then onto Birkat Ram a natural lake located on an extint volcano at the foot of Mt Hermon. Drive south to Safed to visit ancient synagogues and the artists quarter. Return to hotels.
Hello All,
It is Thursday and I am sitting in the lobby of the hotel overlooking a very angry Mediterranean Sea. The tail end of the storm is coming through, with  20+ MPH winds and some rain. Forecast is the same for tomorrow, before becoming clear and 60's for the next week or so. Jeanne and I discussed taking tomorrow off after going pretty much non-stop all week. Jeanne is finishing up her HP event today in Caeserea, and will officially begin her vacation tonight. 

Yesterday, HP sponsored a first class tour of parts of old Jerusalem. 3 buses took all the HP event attendees to historically rich Abu Ghosh (among others, it is the site of the home of Abinadab, where the Jewish Ark of the Covenant was kept for 20 years until King David took it to Jerusalem.) about 10k outside of Jerusalem. We had a spectacular lunch that included some of the best grilled meats that we have had since arriving. By the way, the bread here is the best I have ever had, and they serve lots and lots with every meal. After lunch we boarded our buses and circumnavigated the old city, driving over Mt Scopus and down through the base of the Mt of Olives (where we hope to spend a day this weekend). We arrived at the Jewish Archealogical Park (  and toured one the largest major excavations in the world. As you walk through the park, you see layer upon layer of world history exposed, thousdand's of years, one built upon the other. Because the depth of history is too lengthy to even begin to blog, use the park link above to get a great overview of how the original city of David, and the ruins of the temples were uncovered.

The original steps to the temple are shown here. Alternating one short step (12') and one long step (35'), it was designed to slow a person down when ascending the stairs
so that they would approach the temple with reverence.

The giant stones piled at the bottom of the recently excavated wall, lie where they fell when the Romans (under General and later Emperor Titus) destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD.

Every stone of the temple was pulled down except the massive corner stones of the Herodian Temple. (Looking at the SE corner) Weighing in excess of 300 tons (ten times the weight of the largest stone that built the pyrimids, as told by our guide), the Romans were unable to move them. It is unknown how the stones, which were quarried elsewhere, were transported and set perfectly in place.

The stones on right side were cleared away during the excavation, revealing the walkway that was crushed by the falling stones.

Looking up at the S E corner as it is today. 
The lighter color of the stones at the bottom show the depth of the excavation of this corner and upward, the different layers of construction over the ages.

From there we went went through an ancient market place that was adjacent to the temple 

An artists depiction of what this market place probably looked like.

We then went back up to the city proper and made our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It is here that many scholars feel is the likely site of Jesus Crucifixion, Death, Burial and Resurection. Per the Oxford Archaeological Guide of the Holy Land, the most import argument of this sites authenticity is the consistent and uncontested tradition of the Jerusalem community, which held liturgical celebrations at this site until 66 AD. What is considered to be one of the most holy sites in Christendom, it boggles the mind that, although no one controls the entrance, the door to the church is unlocked and locked each day by Muslims. 6 groups struggle to maintain control of the church (Latin Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Syrians, Copts and Ethiopians. To this day, they watch each other suspiciously for any infringements of the rights to the church.

Upon entering, you find the Stone of Anointing, 
traditionally held as the spot that Jesus body was prepared for tomb by Joseph of Arimathea. After a climb up a steep circular staircase, you come to the stone hill of Golgotha, and the shrine that encases it. Under the center of the shrine there is a hole large enough to reach your arm and and touch a rectangular hole in the stone (which I did) that is said to have held the cross. If you look to the left and right of the shrine, you can see top of Golgotha through the glass encasements. 
The hill itself extends down deep into the lower levels of the church.

Below is the Tomb of Christ. Buried by Hadrian in 135 AD to make a level base for his Capitoline temple, it was excavated by Constantine in the early 300's at the request of Macarius, Archbishop of Jerusalem. The excavation was documented by historian Eusebius, and identified as the tomb of Jesus (Graphiti may have identified the tomb of Jesus as it did the tomb of Peter in Rome). Subsequently, the tomb was cut away from the stone cliff to isolate and protect it. Over the ages, the tomb collapsed, and is now encased in polished marble.

Enough for now. This weekend we are hoping to get to Masada and the Mt of Olives and Gethsemane. I will try to post again this weekend before we depart Monday for our tour of Galilee in the North. I am not what, if any, WiFi connections will be available to us next week, but will do my best to keep posting.



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hello All!
In dramatic contrast to yesterday's trip to Jerusalem, I decided to walk 3 miles down the coast to one of oldest seaports in the world, Old Jaffe (Joppa). According to the Bible, this port was founded after the flood by the son of Noah, Japheth. Archaeological digs have found artifacts dating to the 20th century BC. After the frenetic atmosphere of Jerusalem, this quiet coastal hamlet of Tel Aviv was a welcome respite.

The first thing you notice as you approach the port is the clock tower and structure of St. Peter's Monastery.

Built in the 16th Century, it is the place that Peter raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9: 36-43). As you enter the Monastery, the lighting and architecture give it the appearance of almost infinite depth. Although the picture I am showing below doesn't do it justice, you can still see the effect, yet it is only about 50 paces from the back of the sanctuary to the railing of the Alter.

The pulpit to the right is ornately carved to represent a living tree.

As you leave the monastery, the site of the house of Simon the Tanner (where Peter resided; Acts 10: 1-6) is immediatly to the left and down a flight of stairs. It was unfortunately not open to the public, and appeared to have a family living in it. Over the front door were crudely painted letters saying this was Simon's house.

There were a number of ongoing archaeological digs in the port. One uncovered a gateway to a fortified citidele (yet to be excavated) that bore the name of  Egyption Pharaoh Rameses II, from the late bronze age 1200-1550 BC. A reproduction of the fragments erected on the site are below.

Also on display at the Old Jaffe museum was the Prism of Sennacherib, King of Assyria (701 BC) depicting his conquest of the area. The cuneiform text says...In continuation of my campaign, I besieged  Beth-Dagon, Joppa, Banai-Barqa, Azura, cites belonging to Sidqa (king of Ashkelon) who did not bow to my feet quickly enough: I conquered them and carried their spoils away..."

Well, enough history for today. Tomorrow, back to tour more of Jerusalem, including 
exploring Tzidkiyahu's (Zedekiah's, the last king of Judah) cave that runs under the old city.

Film at 11,


PS If you click on the photo, a full res image should pop up.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Friends and Family,
First, Jeanne and I are safe, and until I received an email from son Eric today, I didn't even know about the rockets being launched towards Israel from Gaza. Too busy to check the news, but I guess I will have to keep a better eye on it. It has seemed to be business as usual everywhere that I have been today. However, they have posted a security guard in front the hotel who is checking purses, backpacks, etc. Jeanne said that they just canceled part of their event that was going to have 150 people in an area south of Tel Aviv. It was supposed to be held in a large tent, and felt that if anything should happen, they would not be able to evacuate that many people efficiently. I will post any info that comes my way regarding the situation here.

My adventure to Jerusalem was exactly adventure. I started by finding a sherut or shared taxi (pronounced Shay Root), that is a 9 passenger van that runs the same routes as the Metro buses. If all  works out, you get to where you are going quicker than using buses, and cheaper than taxi's. Using a series of clicks, grunts and facial expressions to impart to the driver what and where I wanted to go (and response from the cabbie was the same, except with a good measure of cabbie disdain expressed to anyone that doesn't know the routine), I then smartly followed the example by the locals in van by firmly buckling up for "Mr Toad's Wild Ride" to Jerusalem. All went well with the journey until for reasons unknown to me, the driver pulled down an alley (instead of the bus station that is somewhere else) and not so politely tells me and a couple that were from Paris to GET OUT HERE, which we did. Only by sheer luck and asking a police officer did we find out that we were only about a mile from the old city.

After finding Jaffe Road, I walked down to the Jaffe Gate and entered the old city. I started by taking the rampart walk, which for 16 shekels you can walk a good portion of the wall that surrounds the city. I was an interesting perspective looking down off the wall into the city. A good number of people live in the old city, evidenced by the many satellite dishes and solar water heaters that are on almost every roof of every house. Many of buildings are very old, and in some areas in very poor shape. As I continued to make my way around the wall, the dwellings fall away from the rampart, and I was left with a magnificent view of the dome of the rock.

I continued on to the Lion's Gate (or Stephen's Gate), only to find that the ramp down into the city was locked due to construction. Backtracking I exited the wall at the Damascus Gate, and found myself in the middle of the Muslim Quarter. It was an endless maze of shops, eateries and various historical sites, including the stations of the cross on the Via Dolorosa, the Ecce Homo Arch, and the Monastery of the Flagellation (where traditionally it is said to be where Jesus was scourged by the Romans). As I explored the quarter, it was apparent the being a very white male tourist that I was ripe pickings by the shop proprietors and pick pockets. Many shop owners would innocently mention that you were missing a great view or place of interest that they would like to show you, ultimately ending in their shop where they give it their best shot to part you from your cash (I learned how to say no from travels elsewhere a long time ago, but I wonder how many don't or can't). In addition, an elementary school let out, and I was surrounded by kids that were doing their best to pick my pockets. They left disappointed after finding that all my stuff was safely tucked away in an inner compartment of my backpack. More than once I felt someone's presence behind me, turned around to find a 7 or 8 year old right at my back pocket.

I continued on the the Western Wall, and after getting through very tight security, was able to go to the wall and pray. Several things you notice at you walk up. There are no women allowed the the main plaza leading up the wall. They are not allowed, and have a separate section to the right of the main plaza. There are many Jews reading and reciting Old Testament passages, and praying at the wall with a rhythmic rocking motion. Also, the huge blocks the make up the wall are worn completely smooth by the countless hands that have been placed on them. Unknowing of the recent rocket attacks at the time, I prayed for peace in Israel and the surrounding countries. It seemed somewhat discordant to me to have one of the holiest sites of Islam sitting on the foundation of holiest site of the Jews.

 I was approached at the wall by an ultra-orthodox or Haredi Jew , Josef, dressed in traditional black coat and hat, with full beard who asked me my name and where I was from. I told him that I was Michael and was from the US. He said that was a very good Jewish name, and wanted to know if I was Jewish. I told him that I was Christian, and he pretty much ended the conversation at that point. A little more discordance... Inside joke to Pastor: I will be going by Miguel going forward.

All in all, it was an surreal day to point of sensory overload. Right now, I am glad to be back at the hotel, but looking forward to what tomorrow holds in store for me. Jeanne just showed up and told me I am out of time, but will try to post again tomorrow or the next.

Until then,


I am up early this morning. Internal alarm clock went off at about 4 AM and there was no going back to sleep. Yesterday was a warm, balmy day, with many people heading to the beaches. Jeanne and I walked down the boardwalk and soaked up some sun and fresh air. The beaches are beautiful and protected by jetties and sea walls. Lots of paddle boarders, but the waves are too small to surf. The ocean is clear and very dark blue, much like our own Pacific. We ventured up a couple blocks into the city on our way back, finding the streets lined with small shops and hole-in-the-wall eateries. Tel Aviv is like any other big city...lots of traffic, noise, trash and people. Buildings range from new and modern to old and crumbling (or condemned). Renovations are taking place everywhere, and with many buildings with scaffolding and gutted interiors.

Today, we both have busy days planned. Jeanne will be working most of day with the HP logistical crew preparing for tonight's event kick off, an evening cocktail party in one of the ballrooms. I am catching a shuttle to the old city of Jerusalem, where I plan to walk the entire wall that surrounds the city, and then spend the remainder of the day exploring the Muslim Quarter.

I will try to get some pictures posted either tonight or tomorrow, unless I have issues with the blog. Funny thing happened last night...I opened the blog and all the posting tools had changed from English to Hebrew, and went from a page orientation of left-to-right to right-to-left. It took me a couple hours of trial and error to finally find the setting that changed it back. I think my computer saw that I was in Israel and assumed I wanted to have Hebrew for my native language. Stupid Computer!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Good Morning,
We have arrived in Tel Aviv after uneventful, but very long (sleepless) flights. It definitely tested our endurance for sitting in one place for an extended amount of time, especially with the airplane filled to capacity. Upon our arrival, we were met at the airport by an HP shuttle (and to Jeanne’s surprise, several other of her HP coworkers that she didn’t see on the same flight), and quickly whisked away to the Hilton and checked into our room. We were pleased to see a complimentary small bottle of a local red wine on our table as we entered our room, which we enjoyed as we unpacked. After a long, hot shower (airplane dirt has to be the worst…yuck), we found that we both were too tired to eat, and decided to call it a day (2 if you consider that we saw the sun set twice in about 24 hours). We slept until 2 AM, when we both woke up wondering what time it was, and why we are still in bed. Luckily we were able to get back to sleep, and woke up at 7 AM feeling fairly rested.

First order of business will be breakfast. Then down to the concierge to find out the what, where, and how’s of enjoying our stay here. We were surprised to see the difference in the weather just ½ hour from the airport. It went from 70ish and balmy, to 50ish and extremely windy. There is a chance of rain and cooler temps this week, so beach time will be minimal at best. But, there are more things to see and do here that our short 2 weeks will allow. Jeanne will have to start working tonight in preparation for her week, and I will begin planning my solo incursions into Jerusalem and the surrounding areas.

I will try to post again tomorrow night. Until then…


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said...
...and after what seems like forever, our trip to Israel is upon us. Friday afternoon Jeanne and I will board our plane that will take us (via a short layover in Newark, NJ) to Tel Aviv, arriving Saturday evening. Sunday, we will rest and get our bearings, and get ready for the week. While Jeanne is attending a world-wide HP event that will reveal the newest and best industrial printers HP has to offer, I will be taking to the road, exploring some of the nearby historical sites. Thursday, Jeanne will wrap up her HP event, and together we will begin touring Israel in earnest. Our travels will take us to Jerusalem, Caesarea, Capernaum, Galilee, Masada and many others. For us, it is an once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse ourselves in one of the pivotal melting pots of world history, and to literally follow the footsteps of Jesus throughout the Holy Land. We hope that you will enjoy our trip vicariously via this blog. I will post as often as time (and Wi-Fi connections) allows.