In the New York times: an interesting perspective on visiting Jerusalem titled "Lost in Jerusalem." It reminded me of my several visits there under varying circumstances -- above, my photo of a lunch at a well-known hotel just outside the Old City.
The author's explanation:
"... last fall, my friend Theodore Ross — author of the forthcoming book 'Am I a Jew?' — suggested I see Jerusalem. And suddenly feeling life calling my bluff, I booked a flight. I’d spend six December days in the holiest place on the planet and, surrounded by the Old City’s 500-year-old stone walls and legions of Christians, Jews and Muslims, I would be the lone unbeliever, walking a tightrope between belonging and individualism, observing not necessarily my faith but the faithful."