I'm back from a quick business trip to Jerusalem and Ramallah, during which I earned danger pay by risking deep vein thrombosis from enduring excruciating economy class flights of well over 14 hours.
While I'm collecting my thoughts about the West Bank and the border crossing checkpoints that separate it from 'green line' Israel, here are a few tourist-y photos from Jerusalem's Old City.
(Above) A view of the inside of the city walls, near the New Gate
A street just inside the New Gate in the Armenian Quarter
The bazaars and vendors get more intensive as you walk into the lower levels of the Old City
Finally, you're in a subterranean warren of souvenir shops
Here's a very rare Old City street scene with no people in it
The entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, packed inside and outside with religious pilgrims.