Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shmuel Browns - Jerusalem Tour Guide

I think our guide in Jerusalem deserves a post of his own.  Perhaps others searching for guides will come across this blog and we can help further his business.  If you are ever going to Jerusalem, we highly recommend Shmuel as a guide.  He is extremely knowledgeable about the history, architecture, and the archaeological sites in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas.  He is religiously unbiased in his presentation and politically neutral in his presentation of Israeli/Palestinian relations (and we really pushed him on the issue a few times.)  He made sure we had a balanced itinerary with plenty to keep the kids entertained and the adults educated and a good mix of natural and historic sites.  He went beyond the call of duty with long hours, helping with taxi arrangements, recommending restaurants (and pubs) and being flexible with our big group (which included sometimes cranky kids).  He has a good heart, an intellectual mind, and alot of energy!  You can read more about him on his own blog: http://israeltours.wordpress.com/

Giving us an archaeological intro at a digsite outside the Old City

Explaining the layout of the Old City during the Roman Period

Pointing out the sites at Masada

Singing a Psalm for us in Hebrew inside St Anne's church in the Old City
Thank you, Shmuel for a great week in Israel.  You made it memorable and we are eager to return!

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