11 iPhone photos from our walk around Jerusalem
From street art to celebrities, from high-tech to Alabama pride, you never know what you'll see when you walk around this city.
The Mediterranean is a great place to visit in summer. And so it was that we found ourselves with a free afternoon and an iPhone camera on a recent summer day – the perfect time for a leisurely stroll around Jerusalem.
Our first stop was the Mamilla Mall (pictured above), a new outdoor shopping district featuring such stores as American Eagle Outfitters, Tommy Hilfiger and the Gap. There's also an outpost of fashion house Castro, whose spokeswoman is none other than Israeli actress and "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot.
Next up was the Jerusalem Technology Park, a 15-acre office park featuring nearly a dozen buildings separated by green space, sculptures and picnic areas. It's the home of many high-tech companies, including IBM's Israeli research and development lab as well as the headquarters of the Glide video messaging app.
Jerusalem attracts millions of tourists each year, many of whom are from America. So it was no surprise when we stopped by several souvenir shops and kept seeing a taste of home. T-shirts emblazoned with the logos of several U.S. sports teams line many of the walls. Below, you'll see everyone from the NBA (the New York Knicks), the MLB (the Los Angeles Dodgers) and even several college squads (Ohio State) among the many teams represented.
But that's not all. There's even an entire store dedicated entirely to the University of Alabama. Why is the Crimson Tide so well represented? Read our interview with the shop's owner to find out more.
Walking around the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem offers lots of nooks and crannies, with interesting photo opportunities around just about every corner.
At the Machane Yehuda market, Banksy-style street artist Solomon Souza has spray painted the shutters of many of the shops with the faces of famous people. So who's the woman in the photo below? It's his grandmother. "She was an actress from Czechoslovakia," he told From The Grapevine. "Not every one I have painted is 'famous,' although maybe they should be."
Our next stop was to head over to the First Station, appropriately named because it was the first train station in Jerusalem. It's a historic site and no longer in use for trains. Instead, the classy vintage structure was renovated in 2013 and now serves as the perfect place for a modern multi-use community area – including shops, restaurants, an art gallery, a venue for events, and a kids' play area featuring a merry-go-round and other rides. The day we were there, visitors were enjoying a local book fair.
With books on our mind, we next headed to the campus of Hebrew University. With 22,000 students, it's Jerusalem's largest institution of higher learning. Its campus also hosts the National Library of Israel, home to more than 5 million books, as well as rare manuscripts and artifacts.
The second-floor landing of the library is a large auditorium festooned on one side with the artistic Ardon Windows, which bathe the room in a colorful light.
Hebrew University was co-founded by Albert Einstein, and it's where you'll find the official Albert Einstein archives, where researchers from all around the world flock to look at everything from the beloved genius' diaries to the original theory of relativity manuscript.
And, finally, it wouldn't be a stroll around Jerusalem without bumping into a celebrity. So who was the famous person we spotted? None other than rock legend Alice Cooper, who was in town for a concert as part of his European tour. Guess school's out for summer.
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