The day that Adam’s dad left for the US, we spent the morning together here in Jerusalem. As I mentioned before, there are a lot of amazing things to do in the city itself, and we didn’t want to stray too far from home since we had to go to the airport that evening. So, we decided to take a trip to the Botanical Gardens which is close to where we live.
As with the Jerusalem Forest and the Biblical Zoo, we were once again amazed how there are places in the middle of Jerusalem that allow you to forget that you are in an urban environment. Once we entered the gardens, it felt like we were in another world. As you enter, the first thing you see is a large pond filled with lily pads. After we paid the entrance fee, we made our way to the first section of the garden. We debated a bit about whether or not to take the train that would bring you around the entire garden, but in the end we decided to walk. The garden is divided into sections based on continent of origin. We walked through Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. Unfortunately, we were too tired to go to the section for Africa. Bill used the map to guide us through each section, although I just wanted to wander. I loved being surrounded by trees! It was nice to hear the leaves crunching underneath our feet. It made me homesick for New England Autumn.
It was wonderful to see the different plant species, some familiar and some new and exotic. There were some beautiful flowers, although not as many as our friends told us about since we came during the “wrong” season. We didn’t feel like we were missing out though. We definitely want to go back at a different time of year to see more species in bloom, but I was just as pleased seeing the acorns and fall berries.
By the end of our trek, we were tired and very hungry. We were tempted to eat at the Cafe Cafe in the garden, but since it was Bill’s last day in Israel, we wanted to get him shawarma, which he had not yet experienced. He enjoyed it very much!
I feel like there isn’t much more to write. A place like the Botanical Gardens is something you need to see rather than read about, so I hope you like the pictures. We recommend it to family and friends visiting and to friends that live here. It is a beautiful piece of nature in this big urban center!
Until next time…