Entries by Caroline Cheng

Christianity in the Holy Land

Finally, this is the last post from my Jordan/Israel trip.  It took a while because there are many significant ones in Israel and Jordan and I had to sort them out in my head.  They are not necessarily huge by North American standard.  Most are simple and dignified.  Best of all, I did not get […]

Hike May 8, 2019

It was a perfect day for a hike in Gatineau Park.  The sun was shinning, the temperature was perfect, and there was no bugs.  Eleven hikers started from Eardly-Macham road (as far as we can drive – just before the Churchill bridge).  Dave P lead the group using an alternate route behind the Churchill outhouse […]

Other Non-Church Sites in Israel and Jordan

It is not surprising that, with so much history and conflicts in the area, there are plenty other sites of interest to tourists.  Places of worship will be described in a separate blog. Masada (Israel) is an isolated desert mesa beside the Dead Sea.  It is synonymous with Jewish resistance and spirit.  It was built […]

Petra and Little Petra

I am sure that all of you have heard of Petra and have seen photos/movies of the spectacular city of stone.  It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and justifiably so.  It did not disappoint, even second time around.  I visited Petra in 1992 and had the honour to have the entire […]

A Tale of Two Cities

I am in Amman Jordan now.  Before I compare the cities of Jerusalem and Amman, I just want to say a few words about my last full day in Israel.  The day started with  a visit to Bethlehem in the West Bank.  Geographically, Bethlehem is not far from Jerusalem but it is so different.  West […]

Churches, Churches, Mosques, and more Churches

Yes, I saw plenty of places of worship in the last 5 days.  There are mostly churches with some other things throw in.  The chance that I could keep them straight is almost nil and many are very significant.  I would have to sit down and sort them out once I am home. This building […]

Akko, israel

It is okay to ask “where”?  I did when I learned of today’s destination.  It is a small city on the Mediterranean cost and is one of the longest inhabited city in the Middle East. Like many old cities in the area, it was destroyed and then rebuilt over thousands of years.  It is a […]

Tel Aviv

Yes, I made it.  I arrived at Tel Aviv for the start of my Israel trip.  When I started planning this trip, I did not take the day of the week into consideration; after all, Saturday is just another day of the week.  Wrong, sabbath is a big deal in Israel.  No public transportation run […]


I do not normally make New Year resolutions.  However, if I did, it would be “to stop making excuses and just go and ski”. That little bit of wisdom would be appropriate today.  The radio announcer and Environment Canada were “squaking” about about the temperature and frost bite warnings.  Yes, it was refreshing this morning […]

Merry Christmas 2018

I know that no one likes form letters but it is the most efficient way of spreading my doings for 2018.  It does save me the need to repeat myself.  Please click on the link below for the actual letter. 2018 christmas letter