My Holiday Has Just Begun …… Oh Boy !!

Guess where I am going ??


Have you guessed yet ?? No. It’s not Japan !!


Simple Huh ??

I am Ralph. Nothing is simple.



I was thinking of visiting the USA for my summer holidayΒ  which would have been too much for me. I always wanted to visit Israel especially Jerusalem. I am really drawn to go there. So I decided to go for it. 2 weeks in July !!

So I spent most of yesterdayΒ  looking for flights and a hotel package. Easy !!??!!



I chose this hotel (building with arches, top right of the photo)……..


…….. because it sits on the Mount of Olives with a fantastic view of Jerusalem City one way and Bethlehem the other. It’s cheap because it’s a bit old and a bit run down (like me), but has wifi in the lobby, they feed me breakfast, the staff are great and I will sleep in a single bedroom.

Some views:

At breakfast


At night ( hotel lit up, top centre)


Dome on the rock (left). Hotel (right)


Aerial view


And then I found this …….. gulp !!Β  A earthquake fault line right through my bedroom !!


Zec 14:4Β  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Oh Boy !!!



Easy !!Β  Malaga to Tel Aviv direct !! Nope !!

What I wanted.

Some of the choices. The longest, via Sweden ….. what !! ….. had no extra payment.

The one I chose (in yellow), via Rome, was quicker, but cost me an extra €100. I will arrive in my hotel at 5am in the morning the following day.Β  Oh boy !!




It was well in the evening when I had finally finished the booking on the internet.

Hotel…..check ! Flights…..check ! Credit card……check !!

Press….. Complete Your Booking……..

Sorry, there is a problem with your credit card. Please try another or contact your card issuer (in other words, why bother us when your credit card is totally useless Ralph)

Oh boy !!

I rechecked 3 times and pressed Complete…….

Hehe !! Your card bounced again and again and again ! This is fun !!

I phoned my card issuer and pressed buttons, waited, listened to “I’ve got you under my skin”, waited, waited and eventually ……

Human contact !!

Please give me details of this, that and the other, cat’s ages, mother’s birthday, last time you banged your head against the wall…..and so on. What’s your problem sir ???

I can’t pay for my holiday. Why ???

So sorry sir, the bank’s computer is down !!

Oh boy !!

He did phone me back and I managed to complete my booking.

Hoo *blooming* ray !!


So ……

I’m going on holiday for 2 weeks in July to Jerusalem. I will be taking my laptop and will post while I’m there. Don’t expect a travel post because this is Ralph’s blog and anything can and will happen. You can bank on that !!


Would you dare to come with me ??


Ralph xox πŸ™‚


(credits: Thank you Mr Google and contributors for the photos and maps)

119 Comments on “My Holiday Has Just Begun …… Oh Boy !!

    • Hi Ren πŸ˜€ Although there are 3 months before I go, I am sooo excited !! I hope your dream comes true soon my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Lottie πŸ˜€ What a great recommendation from your daughter. I am so glad that I finally took the plunge and booked the holiday. I hope things are okay with you in Spain as you haven’t posted for a while. Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • You are going to have a GREAT time, I know it. Things are good thanks, Ralph. I had a bit of a dip a few weeks ago but I’ve perked up now. I’m in the middle of writing a post now. Isn’t this weather fantastic?! xxx


      • Yes. The weather is so hot here for March. Cars have ice on the windscreens in the morning. Looking forward to your post πŸ˜€


  1. I dare you to invite me right now and we’ll see whether I can’t come. Of course I can come….the dare is on…in the next ten seconds…have a lovely day Ralph. Blessed are those who will sleep on top of earthquake fault lines…and fly via Rome!!!!


    • Hi Liz πŸ˜€ The dare is on. You must come as you are my favourite cook !! I’ll show the kitchen staff your posts and tell them I want that & that & that !! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for the blessing, I will need it πŸ˜‰ Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  2. have a ball, ralph and i’ll be eating olives as i read your posts and think of your travel adventure )


    • Hello Beth πŸ˜€ I hope to have a ball and roll it down the Mount of Olives. I have a sweet tooth so am not a fan of olives, but enjoy yours by all means. I have a few ideas for preparation posts before I leave, so stock up with olives πŸ˜‰ I hope you have a ball as well my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  3. Have a great time, Ralph! I know it’s in July, so you’ll have to wait bit! πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately, I can not accompany you as I am completely pooped from the planning and booking and credit card ordeal. “lol” πŸ™‚ “lol” Hugs!


    • Hi Resa πŸ˜€ I know it’s 3 months to go, but, for me, it’s worth waiting for. The booking is just a small flavour of what to expect from me in Jerusalem.
      Please. No pooping in my blog πŸ˜‰ hehe
      Big hug to you my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  4. What a mess. But – in the end – you will be there to enjoy.
    I don’t mind being in ok or kind of run down hotels. Fancy schmancy would be nice. But – as long as it’s clean & the people are nice & the food is edible – I’m pretty much ok. Besides – the plan is to spend most of the time outside the hotel room anyway – venturing out & about. Right? πŸ˜‰
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx


    • Hey RoSy πŸ˜€ Right !! Fancy schmancy is too expensive. I will only be in the hotel to blog, eat and sleep. And with the money I have saved I can enjoy Jerusalem City so much easier. Taxis, souks and cafes, no limit. I hope I can publish a few good posts from the hotel. Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  5. Well done you did it. I am sure you will love it and can tell us a lot of your adventures afterwards. And we want pictures too!


    • Hello Ute my friend πŸ˜€ Yes, I did it. Finally, at last !! I am sure this is the one holiday I will enjoy as much as your visit. I hope to post to you from the Mount of Olives most nights with photos. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. Well done, you! We look forward to reports on the preparations, etc.

    (PS Is Jerusalem ready for Ralphie???) oxo


    • Hi Yvonne πŸ˜€
      Yes Ma’am. I will report as events unfold.
      No. Jerusalem is not ready for me !!
      I see you are going to have a lovely day tomorrow. Have fun. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  7. So glad you finally managed to book you holiday, Ralph. πŸ™‚ It sounds like a really exciting trip, and I’m sure your posts won’t be at all boring. πŸ˜€


    • Hi Sylvia πŸ˜€
      Oooh ! What a palaver to finalise the booking. I am sure there will be so many more palavers to come. I can’t be boring, can I ? You never are my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Celeste πŸ˜€
      Oh no !! I forgot about visiting you !! Oh dear, what to do ? My Jerusalem holiday is ruined now as I’ll be thinking of you all the time. I’ll just have to cancel ……..second thoughts ……no way !!!!! hehe. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Georgia πŸ˜€ You’re welcome. You can stow away in my camera bag πŸ˜‰ hehe. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  8. That is going to be fun for you πŸ™‚

    Oh, by the way did you say about something will happen to the places you left. Have you prepared for that πŸ˜‰


    • Hello YC πŸ˜€ I am sure it will be a fun holiday with the added attraction of something happening. I am prepared for it. I’ll take my wellington boots and a parachute just in case πŸ˜‰ Ralph πŸ˜€


  9. What a mess with the booking but I’m happy that you managed finally ! Have a great and fun time there in Jerusalem, it must be wonderful πŸ™‚ !


    • Hi Serach πŸ˜€ Yes, it was a problem booking, BUT, soon I’m going !! It’s time I had some fun out of Spain. Wonderful indeed. Happy Tuesday my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  10. No doubt about you will enjoy it a lot… πŸ™‚

    Wonder about your travel back home – have you booked it too – or maybe more work waiting – just joking… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ 😎


    • Hi Drake πŸ˜€ ( in stereo and 3D) I do plan to enjoy myself in Jerusalem. I will try to keep away from the tourist areas and hopefully with the help of some locals see some things not usually seen by the normal tourist.
      I DID book a return flight. The same as going but the plane flies backwards to come home πŸ˜‰ Ralph πŸ˜€


  11. No doubt about you will enjoy it a lot… πŸ™‚

    Wonder about your travel back home – have you booked it too – or maybe more work waiting – just joking… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ 😎


    • Hi Patricia πŸ˜€ Thank you so much. I do hope to have a wonderful time and I am sure to have so many more “oh boy” experiences. Happy Wednesday !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Mary πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope my photos will be better than the google ones in this post, but still, they give a flavour of what’s to come πŸ˜€ Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  12. WOW!!! That’s awesome! I’ve never been there and yet so many of my friends have gone to Israel!! Perhaps someday! I usually only go to places where I have friends or family.

    Looking forward to all the photos you’ll be sharing!!

    β™₯ carmen


    • WOW!!! OH WOW!!! WOW OH WOW!!! That’s awesome! Carmen is in my blog !! (calm down Ralph. That’s a good boy. *patting self on my head*) πŸ˜‰
      Hi Carmen πŸ˜€
      Maybe. Yes, maybe one day you will visit Jerusalem. I hope you will. That would be a post to look forward to πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Ha ha ha!!! πŸ˜€ Thank you very much for liking so many of my posts, very kind of you Ralph!! πŸ™‚

        Have a fabulous week!!
        β™₯ carmen


    • Hi Lumar πŸ˜€ (I don’t like these new WP smileys) Thank you so much. Spot on !! Fun & Enjoy !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€

      PS (I don’t like these new WP smileys)


    • Hi Seyi Sandra πŸ˜€ This trip will be the first for me for years as I am really living a holiday, so Jerusalem will be a magical change for me. Thanks for your lovely words. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  13. That sounds really cool, Ralph! I’ve always wanted to go there but haven’t made it yet. I can’t wait to hear about it!
    By coincidence I just got back from Rome yesterday. We actually did one of those cheap “36 hour” flights that had us spending 24 hours in Stockholm on either end, which was great as we were able to explore it a bit on either end of our trip. The night before last, we stayed in a hostel made from a converted 747 (look up Jumbo Stay). I highly recommend it if you ever do fly that way!


    • Hi HD πŸ˜€ Wow. You had a great time !! I’ll have a look at where you stayed. I hear Sweden is really expensive. Ralph xox πŸ˜€
      Here it is >>>


      • It was SO expensive. Perfect for a short stopover–we got to see it, but didn’t have time to blow too much cash. The city is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. Not as exciting as Jerusalem though, I would imagine! πŸ˜‰


      • All cities have their own character and you picked a great one by visiting Stockholm πŸ˜€


  14. Oh you are a delight! Jerusalem is fascinating with so much to visit from history. Be warned, you are going at one of the hottest months of the year…and I mean hot! πŸ™‚


    • Hi Debby πŸ˜€ I am really looking forward to this holiday my friend. I know it will be hot, but I am used to it and love it as I don’t live that far away from the Sahara Desert πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  15. I wish I had travel money but admire the fact you chose this place. I hope you will ask for prayers for good health everywhere you go. My brother went to here, found that he was sympathetic to Jews and Arabs, alike. It is interesting that he taught a lesson in both of the areas of the land, not being biased in his lessons. He is a professor of special education and was asked to visit, he stayed with both ethnic groups, too. Smiles, Robn


    • Hi Robin πŸ˜€ I am also non-political. I believe that both Israel and Palestine should have their own countries and recognise each other in friendship. Maybe one day !! And maybe one day you will get to visit Jerusalem my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Carrie-Anne πŸ˜€ Oh I shall definitely publish a few posts while there if the wifi is okay. I hope that you also will manage to see the City. I am staying there for a fortnight so I won’t have to rush around trying to see as much as possible in just a couple of days. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  16. What a fabulous trip planned. On my bucket list for future. Look forward to seeing the after photos.


    • Hi Diahann πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope to live up to your expectations and I hope your bucket list is fulfilled for you. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  17. That’s going to be SO fun for you!! Have a blast. I’ll be looking forward to your pictures! πŸ™‚


    • Hi Loving πŸ˜€ I really do hope that it will be a fun blast !! πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hello Elizabeth πŸ˜€ I hope so too !!! There’s nothing like a magnitude 6 earthquake to get my hotel bed springs squeaking !! πŸ˜‰ ❀ ❀ Ralph xoxox πŸ˜€


  18. This looks absolutely amazing, Ralph. I’m glad you got it all booked. What a relief. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures. Love, Amy xoxo


    • Hey Amy !! Yep. It’s all booked and paid for. I hope I will have a fortnight of interesting and fun adventures to show you. Have a happy Saturday my friend. ❀ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hello Tracy πŸ˜€ It’s a new experience for me …… a bit like blogging !! πŸ˜‰ ❀ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Sheri πŸ˜€ Not only beautiful but intelligent !! I’m impressed. I am also impressed that you stayed inside the Jaffa gate ……… was there no room in the inn ? hehe. ❀ ❀ Ralph xoxox πŸ˜€


  19. That is great! If I could I would go for sure! Enjoy and blog about it -:)!


    • Hi Daniela πŸ˜€ I really do hope that you will visit Jerusalem one day. See you there my friend !! ❀ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  20. Your choice of music is beautiful. It sets the stage for the trip beautifully. What ever happened to not telling anyone when you are going to travel. Make sure that someone is watching your place. I’m sure you will take care of all the details, but I can’t help being a bit of a nag. πŸ™‚ What an amazing trip. I wish my friend Elane and I could go with you, but it is not a close or inexpensive trip for us! I’m going to enjoy your trip immensely. πŸ™‚


    • Hi Marsha πŸ˜€ I’m not worried about the apartment. It’s on the top floor and the neighbours have rifles πŸ˜‰ hehe. They will be feeding my cats and keeping an eye on the place.
      It would be nice to have company for the trip, but I am hoping to meet up with one fellow blogger while there.
      Big hugs. Ralph xox ❀ ❀


      • I hope you do! I would love to go, but that is a ways away, and I’m going to Boston and Philadelphia next week. That’s about as much of my traveling as V can stomach in one year. πŸ™‚ xox RVBFM


    • Hi Tazien πŸ˜€ I’ve always wanted to go to Jerusalem and you and many others say what a great place it is, which makes me happy that I may have made the right choice in visiting there. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀


  21. Hi dear Ralph,
    What an exciting post!! πŸ˜‰
    And so hilarious – Malaga via Sweden to Tel Aviv, LOL! An earthquake fault line right through your bedroom, ha ha ha!! Yes, the earth definitely does shake here once in a while… but you’ll survive, don’t worry. πŸ™‚


    • Hello dear Heila πŸ˜€ Yes, it is exciting !! The post building was great fun for me and I am so pleased that you enjoyed it.
      It’s true ! The flight options included one via Stockholm ……. if it was via Hawaii I might have booked that πŸ˜‰ hehe.
      And the fault line is also true, confirmed on other websites. I hope the earth will move for me !! LOL.
      Big hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hello Julita πŸ˜€ Oh boy !! I hope it will be a fun holiday for me in Jerusalem. Hugs. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  22. I will be looking forward to reading your posts on your trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Jerusalem! Now I can travel vicariously through you! xoxox ~ Willow


    • Hi Willow πŸ˜€
      Maybe you will get to Jerusalem one day ….. who knows ?? Hopefully if the wifi speed in the hotel is good I should get some posts off to you. I won’t know until I arrive. 3 months to go !! Ralph xox ❀


  23. Yaaay you are traveling! Awesome, can’t wait to read all about it… πŸ˜€


    • Hello Ivy πŸ˜€ Yaay ! Less than 3 months to go ! I want to publish some fun posts while in Jerusalem for you to enjoy. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀


      • Amazing! Can’t wait to read, but don’t put yourself in to much… Just enjoy and observe, you can write later πŸ˜‰


  24. From the photos it looks like you’re going to have an amazing time. Remember to update everyone afterwards.
    Thank you for visiting my page.


    • Hello Julie πŸ˜€ I hope that is the case ! Jerusalem is a new city for me and I hope to update while on holiday if the hotel wifi is up to it !! Have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❀


    • Oi Araanz πŸ˜€ Muito obrigado. Que a paz esteja com vocΓͺ tambΓ©m. AbraΓ§os. Ralph xox ❀


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