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ByRick Deutsch

The Holy Land Comes Alive As You Stroll Old Jerusalem

 

Jerusalem is the cradle of religion.
Jerusalem is the cradle of religion.

A trip to the Old Jerusalem is a lesson in the ability of several religions to live in peace. Christians and non-Christians alike claim a heritage to the sacred ground. They regard the site as holy and key to their beliefs. The bible comes alive as you tour the Wailing Wall, the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The biblical stories hit home as you can finally see where the Old and New Testament were acted out. Walking the same streets as Jesus did over 2,000 years ago is mind-boggling. Letting go of the political climate, it does the soul well to hear the stories of man’s belief in a deity.

It is a special treat when you cruise ship docks up country and you are transported to these revered places. After your tour of Jerusalem, you often include Bethlehem. Due to the Palestinian – Israeli issues, the town now has a high steel wall surrounding it. Bethlehem is administered by the Palestine Authority, yet tourists are allowed to safely visit the birthplace of Christ.

Tourists flock to holy sites in Bethlehem.

Tourists flock to holy sites in Bethlehem.

 

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ByRick Deutsch

Key West is a fun destination for speakers | Be sure to see Hemmingway’s house

Key West - Southernmost point in USA

Key West – Southernmost point in USA

Key West was surprisingly pretty fun. The wharf area has a lot of neat shops and attractions. At evening all kinds of, well, freaks come out of the cracks in the sidewalks. Funny costumes and face makeup. My kind of fun.

The town is a gay center of the US and vies with San Francisco for honors.
There are shops full of local paintings and sculptures. This photo is a “mandatory” for your trip. It’s a moderate walk to the west and you can count on a line pf people waiting to get their photo.

Key West is a usual stop fo cruise ships sailing the Caribbean. It’s not exactly cheap, but I ended up buying a needed pair of shoes that I did not see in California. I even rented a scooter for $40 and tooled around the island. They ask you to stay you in the main town, but I had to go north a few miles to see the Naval Air station. While I was in college, I was in ROTC and able to get a hop down there from Andrews AFB. A fun time even back there. I spend 3 days on a young person’s budge – 2 meal a day at McDonald’s!

Oh, I forgot, Ernest Hemmingway’s house is open for tours.

A good read => Alaska

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ByRick Deutsch

Hiroshima’s Genbaku Dome Remains Standing After 1945 Atomic Blast

 

The only building to survive the atom bomb in 1941.

The only building to survive the atom bomb in 1941.

This dome at Hiroshima, Japan is one of the only structures that survived the atomic bomb on August 3, 1945. The Enola Gay, a B-29, dropped the first atom bomb every used in war. The plane is currently on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at the Udvar-Hazy Dulles Annex in Chantilly, VA..

The Hiroshima Prefectural Products Exhibition Hall (Genbaku Dome) survived because the bomb as detonated at 1900 feet – directly above the dome and the force travelled down on the structure. It’s guiders were able to withstand this vertical force. Other building were blown down from the angular force. 80,000;  almost half the population. The city had 340,000 before the bomb. About 69% of the city’s buildings were completely destroyed.

Today the Memorial park is a somber experience. the on-sire museum gives the entire story. 3-day later, the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki. These prompted the Japanese to surrender, saving millions of Allied and citizen lives had an invasion took place. this ended World War 2 in the Pacific. Japan is currently a strong ally of the United States.

 

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