Jerusalem Day 5

A very special day. After “almost a triumph”, we walked to the market, Mahane Yehuda. I finally saw the city centre, which gives the impression of an urban network of streets and buildings, unlike the insular leafy-suburbs-on-hilltops we were getting during the previous days. We walked along the pedestrianised Yafo Street, where brand new trams run empty, seats still wrapped in bubble wrap. The area felt like an English market town (with Yafo Street like a High Street of sorts), albeit with rather unassuming and almost ugly buildings of a middle-eastern rhythm, despite made of the famous stone. We had dinner at the spectacularly good Mahne-Yuda restaurant, an amazing experience (and a very fullfilling, too).

Tomorrow I will see more of the city.

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