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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Vespa Ride through the Old City of Jerusalem

A couple of weeks ago I was playing around with the new helmet camera I got and decided to take a spin on my Vespa through the Old City on a Friday morning.

I'm sure most of you have walked or driven this route many times. But I've included some labels in the video for those who have never been so they have a frame of reference.

Anyway, enjoy!

BTW, the background music is 'Jerusalem' by Matisyahu. If you liked it, consider supporting this artist by purchasing his music on iTunes. He has a lot of great music.

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Very cool. Thanks for sharing that.

Posted by: Sarah Bronson | Jan 10, 2012 9:49:58 AM

So, so cool. Makes me appreciate that I can (and do!) do this walk all the time. Thanks!

Posted by: SaraK | Jan 10, 2012 10:28:54 AM

really, very nice.
one thing: dome of the rock is not a mosque.

Posted by: fred | Jan 10, 2012 10:43:14 AM

Fred... If not a mosque, what is it?

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jan 10, 2012 11:54:01 AM

Fred... I suspect you are going to respond that it is a 'shrine' and not a 'mosque'. Do people pray in it? Are those people Muslims? Does it have passages from the Koran as part of its decoration and adorments? The definition I find for 'Mosque' is: "a Muslim place of worship, usually having one or more minarets and often decorated with elaborate tracery and texts from the Koran Also called masjid musjid". So please tell me in what way this is not a mosque.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jan 10, 2012 12:55:40 PM

Sitting in Kiryat Gat and Youtube denies me to watch your video as it may contain music that the GEMA may have not granted the rights. GEMA is our central music fee grabber authority - on behalf of all artists... grrrr.

Posted by: Kurt | Jan 10, 2012 1:54:03 PM

have i mentioned that it's nice to see you back?
thanks for the ride!

Posted by: debbie | Jan 10, 2012 2:05:50 PM

fabulous!! yes, i've walked on all those streets, but i also walked on the walls. can one still do that? i didn't see anyone up there.

Posted by: Lynne | Jan 10, 2012 2:40:32 PM

Loved watching it.... I think this would make a great continuing series.

Also welcome back you were definitely missed.

Posted by: Ed | Jan 10, 2012 3:32:31 PM

Alas the video is inaccessible for German viewers. It is getting blocked by the national agency in charge of collecting royalties for musicians.

I've been told that there are ways to avoid the blocking but I keep misplacing the instructions.

Posted by: Silke | Jan 10, 2012 3:37:38 PM

Wonderful! Thank you!

Posted by: eloise | Jan 10, 2012 3:50:05 PM

That was so awesome!

Posted by: psachya | Jan 10, 2012 4:12:25 PM

I think you're selling yourself short, Trepp. Many of us haven't had the pleasure/opportunity to visit Israel. Thank you very much. It brings many of the sites I hear about to life!

Although I have to admit. I wouldn't want to drive these streets
on 2 or 4 wheels -- I've been on horse trails wider than those streets!!

Again, a simply beautiful and awe inspiring city.

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Jan 10, 2012 4:41:59 PM

they do not pray in the dome. there is a widespread pic of hundreds of muslims praying and bowing on the temple mount, backs toward the dome, facing mecca.

Posted by: fred | Jan 10, 2012 4:52:43 PM

they do not pray in the dome. there is a widespread pic of hundreds of muslims praying and bowing on the temple mount, backs toward the dome, facing mecca.

Posted by: fred | Jan 10, 2012 4:52:45 PM

What a cool video! I walked this very route a year ago when I was in Israel; I wish I were back there now! Thanks so much for making this video so that those of us who are far away can travel to the Old City vicariously.

Posted by: Shoshanna | Jan 10, 2012 4:57:45 PM

That was cool :) Even for those of us who travel through the Old City regularly!

Posted by: Alissa | Jan 10, 2012 7:07:26 PM

Nice... :)

Posted by: val | Jan 10, 2012 7:46:22 PM

Loved it.

Posted by: Jack@TheJackB | Jan 10, 2012 8:04:49 PM

Fantastic! it brought back lots of happy memories! Thanks a lot for the idea.
Er, could we now have one of your ride to work? I realise this is a tad longer, but you could use your editing skills:-)

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Jan 10, 2012 8:25:11 PM

This made me happy. Thanks!

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jan 10, 2012 9:02:06 PM

Cool video! I know part of that route like the back of my hand, though on foot, I would usually turn left onto St James when going on foot.

Posted by: Philo | Jan 10, 2012 9:54:16 PM

Yes, turn left on St. James when going to Jewish Quarter.

I was expecting you to label the Zion Gate on your right as you went by it, but I guess it really couldn't be seen from your angle.

Posted by: Toronto Yid | Jan 11, 2012 5:02:08 AM

Thanks so much for giving us a personal tour! Your life in Israel makes it real for us here in Los Angeles. Your blog is much appreciated.

Posted by: judy | Jan 11, 2012 7:27:34 AM

thanks for the ride!
just beautiful for someone whose never been!

Posted by: weese | Jan 11, 2012 5:23:02 PM

Great one!

@silke There are several add-ons for Firefox that represent a workaround for the proxy/GEMA problem. You may want to try that out (and switch to FF if you haven't already...). (use Google to find them)

Posted by: a. | Jan 11, 2012 11:02:38 PM

P.S. I'm a bit allergic to Reggae... How about a nice sound collage of the real Jerusalem, like by Kutiman? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHglfyQOd2s (oh, and it wouldn't exclude viewers in Germany, ha. :))

Posted by: a. | Jan 11, 2012 11:08:11 PM

I loved it. brings back a lot of memories. regards to all.

Posted by: David S | Jan 12, 2012 3:48:58 AM

Kinda reminded me of the old time newsreels, all bumpy and jumpy. Please make another one when you're walking. That would be amazing. BTW, I have supported the artist by BUYING his CDs.

Posted by: nanaloshen | Jan 12, 2012 5:27:46 AM

If my wife see this, along with the Matisyahu, she will compel me to go to Israel.

Not that I would mind all that much.

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jan 12, 2012 7:22:38 AM

I like the part where the guy makes the curb-to-curb turn

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jan 12, 2012 7:26:02 AM

Loved it.

Posted by: Baila | Jan 12, 2012 10:16:28 PM

Encore! Can you do another video filming the areas/streets where vehicles are not permitted :-)?

Posted by: Sonal | Jan 14, 2012 9:21:16 PM


I'm visiting Israel right now, even as I type this. Saw the sights yesterday and today in the Old City that you feature in the video -- and, man is it spectacular in every way. Ir David and Tunnel Tours are nothing short of brilliant at bringing our ancient and storied presence here to life and illustrating in ways words never could the centrality of this place to Judaism. Afraid to tell you that our excellent guide mentioned the same thing Fred pointed out -- Dome of the Rock is a shrine, but the other, smaller dome on the Temple Mount is Al-Aqsa Mosque. That's where prayers are actually held. As you know, nuance and terminology is freighted with significance :>) Interesting to note also that ancient Muslim scholars have noted that 1) Al Aqsa was built as much in tribute to Shlomo HaMelech's Beit Hamikdash as it was to celebrate Islam's triumph over Christianity. And here's the kicker: Jews were the caretakers of the mosque for many, many years.

Posted by: Ari | Jan 18, 2012 12:23:17 AM

Well, here it is a little over seven months since you posted this, and it now has a lot more meaning for me... it's the same route our taxicab took to bring us to the Kotel on the Friday evening we spent in Jerusalem - that'd be July 13 of this year. The Jaffa Gate... the Armenian Quarter... the view of Har Ha-Zeyitim... and finally, the Kotel itself. I had my iPhone recording the entire time we navigated those very streets, and all the time I was recalling this post.

A wonderful trip, and lots of warm memories... not least of which was spending a few hours with you and Zahava!

Posted by: Elisson | Aug 21, 2012 6:44:57 AM

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