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Streets of Jerusalem 2


For those of you who wanted to see the throng of people in the Old City streets. This shot was taken about 60 metres inside the Damascus Gate in the wall of the Old City. From the gate to this point is steep as the angle of the cyclist suggests. This first part is broad, about three times broader than the inner Old City streets. The shops on both sides are terraced, with matching terraced pavement. The part in the middle (where the cyclist came down) is just one long slide from the gate to this point.


The stacked cart that you see is the same type of cart, that you can see in the comments part of this picture. If you would look closely behind the front wheel of the bicycle and half on the grid, there is round black object. That object is the tyre of a scooter or moped, tied with a piece of cable to the cart. This tyre then served as the brake of the cart, which was manhandled by two men - one at the back and one in front. I watched in amazement as this cart and two men came down this steep road from the Gate. The two guys are constantly talking to each other. The man at the back, brakes the cart, by standing with one foot on the little tyre, pushbike style. When the guy at front gave an awkward shout, the man at the back jumped with both feet on the tyre, bringing the cart almost to a complete standstill. In the picture they are turning the cart, towards the street/tunnel/passage on the right.


The street coming down from the Damascus Gate, splits in two at this point. One to the right, where the cart is heading and the other to the left (just out of picture) where the man and woman came from.


You must have a great weekend. You see the sign for Izhiman's Coffee and Spices. I bought 1kg of ground Turkish coffee (with herbs) from him. I plan to brew myselfr at least two mugs over the weekend.



comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 20 May 2016, 02:51
That up-market electric-assist MTB looks a little out of place here, Louis.

What a wonderful scene!
Louis: Those guys very, very seldom use this gate - I believe they feel out of place among all the inhabitants of the Muslim Quarter.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 May 2016, 03:08
Jolie scène de rue. Il me semble que la charrette est un peu trop chargée pour passer la porte.
Louis: Le panier transmise par l'intermédiaire de l'entrée de la rue. Peut-être que tout le monde le sait à la hauteur requise.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2016, 04:59
What a fabulous scene. Again so much to see. The Jew on the bike steals the picture. I tried to find this location on Street View.. sad
Again, fabulous picture.
Louis: Not even the satellite view on Google Maps is good for this location. Thank you Astrid.
A fabulous timeless scene Louis!
Louis: It sure is timeless, Richard - thank you.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 May 2016, 06:23
Love this image Louis, you've really captured the bustle of the place to perfection
Louis: Thank you Chris. It is a wonderful place.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2016, 07:01
Oh, an orthodox jew on a bike! A very good photo of the hustle and bustle in Old Jerusalem at the Damascus Gate! How often I was there - memories, memories!
Louis: Een Joodse fietser in de moslem kwartier is helemaal raar. Dank je, Philine.
OMG, Louis. There is so much to see in this image! It would NOT be the same without that stacked cart. Thanks for your description of what's going on here. I especially like the sign for the Damascus Gate Rd.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. I think you would have started collecting street names, if you were there smile
This looks almost like a film set Louis.
Louis: There is that semblance, gutteridge.
Your cart story is fascinating and well told and is a great accompaniment to the photo.
Louis: I was so sure that I was about to witness an accident, but they managed quite well. Thank you Mary.
That appears to be quite a dangerous journey those men have to make with that heavily laden cart, they could not afford for it to break free with all those people about.
Louis: Well, I sort of expected an accident, but I think I was the only one worried about that.
I don't quite know why but this looks like a film set
Louis: You and Chad must have been somewhere where they were shooting a film smile But yes, it has the semblance.
I like this Louis, real street photography...Lots going on.
Louis: Thank you Frank
this is a magnificent picture Louis... it brings us right into a very busy part of the city... i love it....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. Lots of people are going somewhere all the time.
What might be called "a crowded scene"!
Louis: Lots of people going places.
this is a wonderful shot, Louis. i like the light and there is so much going on in here. the high stack of boxes is just going to make it through the vertical clearance.... and i find it so unusual to see coffee and spices sold in the same place.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. In the Middle East, they sometimes mix spices with their coffee. When I bought my Turkish coffee from them, he asked me if I would like to have some herb added. I said yes and the coffee is great. Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the name of the herb.
An excellent street shot, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth

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