Israel 2010 - Our Holyland Tour


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Lauri has always wanted to go to the Holyland. However she was worried about going because of all the security issues in the middle east. So,  Pete decided to take her. He organized the trip without her knowledge, and gave her a surprise at the last minute. So, she went because she had no time to worry about it - besides the tour was already paid for.

Pete chose to go at Easter because it coincided with his Dad's birthday party in England, and we could kill two birds with one stone (airfare actually).

We went with a church group called "Back to the Bible".

They used a tour company called "Maranatha Tours".

Here are our pictures, which basically outline the tour we did . It was all absolutely first class. Highly recommended.

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The "Orange Bus" group
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Pete at Intercontinental
Hotel - Jericho


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Checking maps on the
way to Masada
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Masada was a Fortress
from 70-73AD
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Cable car
Roman camp below


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Our guide
Malcolm Cartier
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Lauri with the
dead sea behind
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View from top of
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View from top of Masada
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Malcolm in Synagogue
with Menorah


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Fortress ruins at Masada
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960 people died here
in mass suicide.  73AD
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Alan & Lauri in
Byzantine Church
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The Roman ramp
& breaching point
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Lauri & Malcolm
at Qumran
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Remains of the
Essenes village


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A Bedouin boy found
the dead sea scrolls in
this cave during 1947
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The dead sea. Lowest
place on Earth
1365 feet below sea level


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Pete covered in mud
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Lauri floating in the Dead Sea
This is 26% mineral
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Pete floating in the dead sea
this is 8 times more saline
than the sea


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Shopping for Hebron glass
in Jericho
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Ancient ruins
& modern Jericho
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Lauri at Jericho
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Pete at Jericho
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Trumpeter played
"Battle of Jericho"


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Jericho was first settled
11,000 years ago
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Ruins in layers
(Tel Jericho)
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Oldest continually inhabited
city on earth
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Woodrow Kroll's Lesson
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ericho was important
because of water


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Palestinian boy squeezed
orange juice for us


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Zacchaeus climbed a
sycamore tree like this
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Bet She'an
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This was one on ten major
cities in Roman times
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The main street in
Bet She'an
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Bet She'an was excavated
around 1985
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King Saul and his sons
were hung on the walls
of Bet She'an


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Malcolm is very
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Theatre of Scythopolis
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Communal toilet
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Where Jesus was
baptized by John


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Lauri at the Jordan river
Baptismal place
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View along the river Jordan
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Pete in the river
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View of sea of Galilee
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Lauri at our hotel
in Tiiberius


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Mike Rowe planed an 
olive tree in memorial to
his wife


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Our hotel in Tiberius
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Our boats on the
sea of Galilee
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On the Sea of Galilee
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Worship service on
the boat


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Worship with
Tami Weissert
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Lauri on the sea of Galilee


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This is where many of
Jesus miracles occurred


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Daniel Carmel - our Captain.
Also a songwriter
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Daniel prepares
the fishing net


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Casting the net like in
ancient times
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Pete on the shore of the
Sea of Galilee
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The Galilee boat.
About 2000 years old
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Entrance to the church of 
The Primacy at Tabgha
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Miracle of the loaves
and fishes was here
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Church of the
Primacy of St Peter

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Inside the church
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Lauri collecting sea shells


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Pete testing the water
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Entrance to Capharnaum
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Statue of St Peter and fish
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View of Capharnaum
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Millstone to grind grain
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This was the center of
Jesus ministry
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Roman Catholic church of
St Peter is above the
remains of St Peters house


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Lauri was amazed at the
giant ficus tree
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Rock Hyrak
also called Coney
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Remains of 3rd or 4th
century Synagogue
ofat Caphnarnaum


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Lauri listening to Malcolm
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Lauri found a folded
prayer in the column


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Malcolm on the
Mount of Beatitudes
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This is a natural ampitheater
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Jesus delivered Sermon
on the Mount here
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Lauri is where
Jesus preached
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Bethsaida - where Jesus
fed the multitude with
5 loaves and 2 fish


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2000 years ago the Sea of
Galilee was much fuller
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Israel spy Eli Cohen got the
Syrians to plant
Eucalyptus trees for shade


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Laui at Bethsaida
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We ate "St Peter Fish"
for lunch
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Lauri at Noqeib
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Malcolm says they believe
this is were Jesus drove
demons from a Gadarene
man in the swine


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Lauri on the orange bus
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Nazareth from the
Mount Precipice
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Lauri on  Mount Precipice.
Jesus jumped off here to
escape his pursuers


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Guys with valley of
Armageddon behind
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Megiddo national park
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Lauri at Megiddo
7000BC to 586AD
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Ruins at Megiddo


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Fortress built by
King Solomon
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Doug photographs the
city gate
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Woodrow Kroll's Sermon
on Armageddon
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Pete & Lauri above the
valley of Armageddon

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183 steps down to the
water system
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Malcolm shows us a
horse trough
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One of the best
roadside tombs
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Muhraka monastery
on Mount Carmel
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Inside Monastery
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Malcolm shows us the
Carab tree.  Also
known as Locust tree


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On the roof of the
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Lauri looking over the
valley of Armageddon
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So is Pete
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Statue of "The Good
Shepherd" at Caesarea.
It is said the shepherd 
would break a lambs
leg then help it heal.
Because of the long healing
time, the lamb would
remember the shepherd
as a good helper


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Pete at Caesarea
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Roman Ampitheater
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Lauri in the theater
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Caesarea was built by
Herod of Great


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Remains of Olympic
size swimming pool
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An earthquake sank
parts of the city into
the Mediterranean


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Remains of the
Where they had
chariot races


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Mosaic floor remains
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Doug & Pete
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Remains at Caesarea used
to provide shade


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Roman Aquaduct
at Caesarea
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The Aquaduct was
12 miles long
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Built by Herod the Great
25 - 13 BC
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Lauri the Photographer
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Easter Sunday Sunrise
on the Mount of Olives


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Easter service by
Woodrow Kroll
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Easter Service


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Bigger view
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Pete with Temple Mount
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Dennis & Doug
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Hasidic Jews near the
Western wall
in Jerusalem


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Boys on Easter Sunday
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Women's section of the
western wall
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Men's section

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Heads must be covered
at the wall
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Handwritten prayers are
placed in cracks
of the wall


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Pete and Lauri at Temple
Mount, Jerusalem
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Close up of the windows.
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Temple Mount is
Muslim now

Its said the wall closest to
us contains the face of
the devil  >>>
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Judge for yourself


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Russian Orthodox Church
of Mary Magdalene
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Mount of Olives
from Jerusalem
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Lions Gate
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Damascus Gate
Built 1537

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The Israel Museum
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Big model of Jerusalem
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Pete & Lauri
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The Dead Sea Scrolls
are displayed here


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Church of the Nativity
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Inside the Church
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Looking towards the
Alter and the entrance
to the Grotto

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The poor box
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Inside the Grotto
of the Nativity 
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The Grotto is below
the Church
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Lady worships the
Silver Star
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This is believed to be the
birthplace of Jesus
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The Church at Emmaus
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Woodrow Kroll tells us
about the meeting on the
road to Emmaus


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Inside the Church
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Jesus appearing to
Cleopas & Friend shown
in stained glass


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The upper room at
Mount Zion
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Inside the upper room
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This was the place of
the last supper


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Malcolm suggested
seating arrangement
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Tomb of King David
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Our last hotel -
Intercontinental Bethlehem
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Lauri in the Jewish
Cemetery on the
Mount of Olives
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Temple mount from
Dominus Flevit


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Garden of Gethsemane
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The garden is in the
grounds of the
church of all nations


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Church of all Nations
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Via Delorosa
Way of the Cross
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Pool of Bethesda
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Chapel of the Flagellation
where Jesus was
sentenced to death


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Inside the Chapel of the


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Inside the Chapel of the
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Via Delorosa
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Via Delorosa
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There were 14
Stations of the Cross
in Via Delorosa

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Via Delorosa
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Jerusalem Cross
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Church of the
Holy Sepulcher
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Church of the
Holy Sepulchre
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Church of the
Holy Sepulchre


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Golgotha is where
Jesus was crucified
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Golgotha - Skull
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The Garden  Tomb


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Inside the Garden Tomb
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Entrance to Palestine
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403 mile long wall at
the West Bank


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Graffiti on the Palestinian
side of the wall
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Graffiti on the Palestinian
side of the wall
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"Shepherds Field"
restaurant - Bethlehem
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Lauri Pete Dennis
Fred Doug


It was a great trip.
We made some fantastic new friends.


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