It is so easy to become overawed as you travel through the old city especially if you are a christian as with each turn and twist of the way the Bible becomes alive.Remember you are a tourist and the intimate goal of each shop hotel or even christian establishment is to take your money off you.point 1- a hefty 3 shekels to use the restroom at the domitition abbey on the mount of Zion.
Be very careful when paying with a credit card-shekels mysteriously change into dollars.
You think you paid 100 shekels-your receipt shows 100 dollars.
Watch your bag at the Holy Sephulcar-the place is always swarming with tourists and there is only one way in and out.many men hanging around trying to pass themselves off as guides.
If you are staying in the old city do not carry valuables about at night.
My reccomendations - saint Anne's near the lions gate- site of the pools of bethsaids- ecce homo convent- great guest house with views over the temple mount and the dome of the rock-the Austrian hospice a great guest house a great breakfast a fantastic cafe with Austrian pastries etc.
Paulushaus nablus road-guest house over looking Damascus gate and near to the tomb of the rock.
Armenian tavern restaurant a beautiful ambience-dining area surrounded by jewelry and auntiques-tasty food and authentic armenian dishes a great service.More