Oh, what joy when we woke up to snowflakes swirling in the air this morning! The excitement level was great as we ran from window to window to determine where the snow was sticking best to the ground. After a quick breakfast, we put on the most suitable clothing we could find, and ventured out into this white winter wonderland it was becoming out there!
We made our way up the street, making snowballs as we went.
And we made “angels”…
I always love seeing Palm trees covered with snow, having grown up in Norway with plenty of snow experiences, but no Palm trees.
The same goes for the citrus trees.
And guess who we met on our way up the street??
Yes, Savta! (Grandma) She is a tour guide and was waiting for her bus, and so we got a ride, and went for a spontaneous trip to see the Old City covered in snow!
It turned out a challenging bus ride, as the traffic was completely chaotic with cars getting stuck and sliding around etc. We are so not prepared for driving in the snow in this country! So, the bus and the group decided to leave the city as soon as possible, and we got off to explore the Old City on our own.
It was so special to see all these familiar places with the magic cover of snow!
I just love the rare combination of the Jerusalem stone walls and snow!
And look at this! The Kotel / Western Wall all white with snow!! Such a special sight for the eye!!!
Yes, it was pretty cold and wet too…
But, oh, so very special! And, this is the first time since 1956 that Jerusalem had snow in December.
On our way out we walked through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.
And we were very happy to find that The Jewish Quarter Cafe was open!
So we enjoyed some warmth and dryness as well as some totally yummy hot chocolates there. I always love the view from this place, – and look at it today!!
The kids made snowballs pretty much constantly, wherever we were.
They loved dropping them down somewhere, and listen to them land.
And then there was the sliding on the snow…
Who needs a sled…?!?
Where there is a will there is a way… Here they are sliding down the hillside of Mt. Zion.
I spot a boy in this photo looking for a good place to slide down the hill. Can you see him?
And how about the girl in this photo, – can you find her??
I loved seeing the Israeli flags outside of Mt. Zion hotel on our way home. They looked just perfect there in the midst of the snow!
The temperatures were rising, and the snow was melting, which was kind of alarming because there was so much more that we wanted to do with it!!
But we are blessed to live in one of the Jerusalem neighborhoods with higher altitude, so as we got closer to home, we found plenty of snow, and had ourselves a really good snowball-fight!
And the good things is, – they have promised us another snow day tomorrow! Maybe an even better one!!! It sure looks great out there with the snow falling down right now!