This Friday I was invited to the grand opening of a new high end boutique hotel in the Ein Kerem neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem. It is one of the most beautiful places in the city (which holds so many gems) .
The hotel itself has an amazing view of the mountains surrounding it and the various monks and churches built on their hillsides. We had wonderful local wines and beers and excellent cheeses and sweet treats, and finally drove back home cheerful and well rested after spending a relaxed and most beautiful afternoon with a dear friend (and some of the richest people in Israel).
Here are some photos I took, I hope you like them.
It was very hot, then a friend told me the coolest place to sit at was the sauna, which was obviously, not operating at the time. She was right, it felt like the little cave was air conditioned and the benches were cool as ice. It was a wonderful place a chat and a glass of wine.
The Church of St John the Baptist.
And on the street outside - one of the ministers from the near by monk stopped to buy a cold drink on a local kiosk. I just love this photo.