Mahane Yehuda Market

Shopping the day before Shabbat in Jerusalem is a jostling, colorful, and busy business.  Many travel books will tell you not to, but we found it absolutely delightful to be part of the mess!  We purchased Lady Gala apples, hummus, baklava (baklawa), pears, flat bread, halva, nougat, strawberries, olives, figs, chocolate croissants, and pistachios.  It was all so fresh and beautiful!  I would love to live here full time, if only for the fresh food!  Bella took all the photos on this day.

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After a morning of marketing, we started asking around about a place to eat.  A couple of young women suggested Azura to us and even offered to show us where it was.  We are so grateful they did, because we would have NEVER found it.   (It is easy to find if you are coming from the train station!)  We really hoped to make it back to this place, earlier in the day before they ran out of food, but never did.  Their food is absolutely amazing!

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Handmade Hummus.  No machines used here, and they are very proud of it!

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Stuffed eggplant.

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Tomato soup.

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The best roast beef I’ve ever had in my life!

Serious, I might go back to eating meat now and then if I can find a recipe for this!

After our late lunch (early dinner) we headed back to the light rail to catch a ride home, and found out that we had missed the last train.  It was 3:30 p.m. and all the trains were headed back to the main station so that the drivers could get home before sundown (around 5.)  We didn’t feel too bad about having to hike home, because it wasn’t too far, just unfamiliar… an adventure.

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A sun dial.

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See you on the Sabbath!