Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl
Our apartment in Jerusalem is on Sderot Herzl [Herzl Boulevard]. A couple miles from here is Mount Herzl [pronounced hěrt'səl] and the Israel National Cemetery. This morning my friend Shimon and I are going to Mount Herzl to visit the resting place of some of Israel's great leaders.

It is a treat to go places like this with Shimon who thru his education and story telling, enhances such a visit for me.
Herzl's tomb
Herzl is founder of modern Zionism

Lea & Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin: Fifth Prime Minister of Israel. Assasinated in 1995.

One of the many student groups
visiting the National Cemetery

Soldiers at cemetery entrance

Everywhere in Jerusalem, including here at the National Cemetery, armed soldiers are present. The army must always be alert. Enemies are close whose wish is the destruction of the State of Israel. At 11am this morning sirens went off for the beginning of a military drill to test preparedness for attack.

Hillel Coffee Shop
As we left the National Cemetery, Shimon asked me what I would like to do next. My wish was to go to a coffee shop and drink a moca latte!

We drove to the nearby Hillel Coffee Shop. They did not have a moca latte on the menu. When I described a moca latte, they made one special for me to drink!
A special moca latte

8PM - Out on the town!
When I was in Jerusalem in 2008, I spotted a Chinese restaurant in the same building with the Mister Cheap grocery. Lately I've been asking about that Chinese place and receiving good reviews. This evening I went out on the town and ate at Yo-Si Peking.

I ordered chicken almond, white rice with veggies and egg rolls. There is a minimum charge of 80 shekels. My dinner came to 85 shekels plus 15 shekel tip [100 shekels=$27US]. The food is very good. I have enough takeout for perhaps two more meals.
Supper at Yo-Si Peking