We plan to go to the observation Point of Mount of Olives (at 7 Arches Hotel?) by taxi, and then walk down to the Old City via the St. Stephen's Gate, stopping at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Tomb of the Virgin on the way.
We read in several guide books that "The Mount of Olives has not always been the friendliest area to walk" and that "pickpockets continue to be a problem on the Mount of Olive lookout and the road down to Gethsemane". Any truth to these warnings? If so, what precautions should we take?
Also, how long would it take to walk down from the observation point to the St. Stephen's Gate without stopping on the way?
Thanks for any info.