24/05/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
The “Old City” of Jerusalem is a sight to behold! Divided to four “Quarters” of residents (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian) each Quarter adds to the cultural and historical tapestry of the area. At the heart of the Old City is the marketplace – an area of sights, smells, flavours, sounds and glorious colour. Imagine the explosion of colours from the spices, ceramics, fabrics and foods amidst the narrow, people-packed, cobblestoned alleyways. Repeat visits to the Old City are a must for the Jerusalem visitor. Make sure you take lots of American dollars (or Israeli Shekels) and be prepared to bargain for the elusive “best price”!
As we approach winter, I am starting to pull out my scarves and pashminas, and my mind wanders back to the Old City.
One of the things – about the Old City – that I loved the most was the mass of colour radiating from the scarf shops…and there were MANY scarf shops! The scarves were usually hung up for easy access, and there seemed to be one in just about every colour you could possibly want. A large proportion of the cloths come from India, so you can imagine the vibrancy and range.
If you ever get the opportunity, I would definitely recommend a visit to Israel…for the history, the culture and the really, really, really good shopping!