Assistance of United staff helped Nancy find how to get to Terminal 5 at O’Hare and reach the plane going to Istanbul.
On the plane, she had the assistance of a Bosnian couple in knowing how to work the various technology at her seat.
Had wanted to watch the movie “The Guernsey Literary…” and it was available for free on this flight.
In the Istanbul airport, Nancy had the assistance of a couple from Pakistan living in Indiana in knowing how to read the departure board and establish phone and wifi connection in the airport so she could rendezvous with Jim.
Istanbul at night, from the airplane.
As the travelers were entering Jerusalem, they were almost in an accident when the shuttle bus was squeezed between a bus and a bluff.
The shuttle bus dropped the travelers off in Jerusalem at midnight- Damascus gate- about 10 minutes away from the hotel.
The streets were dark and empty.
Use of global app and phone flashlight enabled them to walk to the hotel in the Old City in the dark with their luggage.
Nancy’s main suitcase was still to come.
Not having connected with the contact person, George Hintlian, the travelers explored the Old City on their own.
Many of the things they saw were seen again in more detail on Monday and Tuesday with George.
Shop along the alleyways in Old City Jerusalem.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Church of the Holy Sepulchre - believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
Currently occupied by several christian groups: Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic, and to a lesser degree the Coptic Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox.
Holy Sepulchre exterior.
Holy Sepulchre interior.
Holy Sepulchre dome.
Nancy and Jim enjoyed lunch, but they realized that they were gouged badly when the bill came.
They learned to look at a menu with prices before ordering.