Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Pilgrimage 2009 - The souk at night

These pictures were taken on our first evening in Jerusalem. The occasional yellow hue is caused by the overhead lamps that hang centrally above the alleyways, although many shops also have effective spot-lighting during the hours of darkness.
The roads of the souk look quite wide when the shop fronts are closed, but during the day goods are displayed on the pavement and the crowds are such that single-file pedestrian traffic is all that can be achieved. One effect of this is that small children walk far more than they do in England; there simply isn't room to push a buggy. The pavements and steps make buggies impractical anyway. This means that, as a visitor, I quickly became used to checking for children at ankle level as well as looking out for adults in the melee.

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