Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorites.
On the wall around Graceland, during my birthday trip there in 2011 with Jonathan, Alissa, and Kate. (After this picture was taken, I can clearly remember Kate saying, “Was the hand thing really necessary?” Yes. Always.)
On the grass near the port in Galway, on one bright, sunny Irish morning. (So green.)
One of my favorite places to hang out on the weekends is Jaffa. The old port has been transformed — with converted buildings now serving as art galleries, shops, restaurants, and coffeeshops. It would have taken me a lot longer to find this place had my brother-in-law not sent me an article about the most beautiful coffeeshops in the world — one of which, loveat, is found in Jaffa.
Last night marked my first visit to Snowbar – an elusive bar/restaurant/pool that is only open in the summer. It’s on the side of a hill in Ramallah, surrounded by trees. I say “elusive” because I’ve heard a lot of tell about this place, but – until last night – hadn’t been there.
You pull into a parking lot for what looks like a grove of trees. In the middle of the lot, a security guard sits under the only light next to some stairs. The stairs are cobblestones and the railings are rope. Down down down…[closed] pool to the left (yes, literally a pool with water, not billiards-pool), restaurant/bar to the right.
Tonight I celebrated my first Iftar!
It was hosted by our place of employment and was held At a place called Sangria’s. (To be clear: it was not serving sangria, or any type of alcohol.)
Dates, salads, meats, and juices. Jonathan feasted like a king.
The Church of the Nativity is built over what is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. It is also one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world (since 326 CE) — and today it was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the first in Palestine.
This doorway, the Door of Humility, leads you into the Church. The door was originally larger, but Crusaders made it smaller so that attackers couldn’t ride inside. It was made even smaller during the Ottoman Empire. (The large square door is the 6th century door and the pointed arch is the Crusader-era door.)