After the morning session of the conference ... I headed to the Old City to see some of the areas I had missed in the Tower of David.
My bubble had been a bit burst when I heard on the Hop on Hop off bus, that the Tower of David isn't an actual tower built during the time of King David.
It is so beautiful and impressive ... that I thought it might have been of his design.
I explored an exhibit they have there presently on healing ... and read some of the placards, and one had a write-up on King Solomon that interested me a lot. It shared that he was known to be adept at healing, because of his vast knowledge of plants and animals. Also ... it places him as having corresponded with Jesus ... which I never even considered - as I didn't think they would be of the same era at all.
A little later ... I went to the entrance of King David's tomb - expecting to see only his tomb - and found a whole new world! So I had a lot of fun exploring that area!! I didn't see it all ... and will want to return to it ... but I did see his tomb, and I also spent some time in the psalms room.
Later, as I walked a bit, a small tour group leader was sharing on orthodox dress ... and did a wonderful job of explaining! I really appreciated that as I had been wondering about the tassels and lengthy sideburns - what the significance was - and he explained all these things to his group. Several bystanders, including myself, listened in with interest.
It has been sandwich week! I have tried a few ... with my favourite being smoked salmon and cream cheese, with capers. I had that today at Cafe Forte, which is in the Clal building ... and it was very good! I especially liked the bread - which is what I call "loaded bread" - brown and lots of seeds in it. Other sandwiches I have tried were a feta cheese and yellow peppers on brown bread at Yad Vashem ... and it was nice, too ... as well as a lamb burger which is a bit like a sub, at Big Baguette, at the Clal building. All the sandwiches were about 32NIS ($11).
I have been here three weeks now ... and am finding that I don't even notice that a restaurant is kosher ... meaning that I have always found a really enjoyable meal at either a dairy or a meat kosher restaurant, and I haven't yet felt like I am missing something because a restaurant keeps kosher.
I have also now purchased an anonymous Rav Kav card, and am enjoying the ease of using this, too. It is good for 8 years! The LightRail is so good ... I thoroughly enjoy using it. Gets me most places I have been going very quickly!
And - I found a really good map at the tourist booth at Jaffa Gate .... they happened to have one for the Nazareth area .... and it is nice and simple and includes Tiberias and Galilee Lake - and area. So I was very grateful to have that while here, to get a bit familiar with the area!
So ... when I go to Tiberias, and if I have a question, do I stay with this forum or ask questions elsewhere?