Wednesday January 27
… traveling to Jerusalem – passed through parts of Old City & around walls then onto Bethany – where Christ stayed with Mary & Martha on his visits to Jerusalem. Continued to Dead Sea. Jerusalem is 2800ft above sea level while Dead Sea is 1200 below so is 20 mile drop over 4000ft. Hills between Jerusalem & Sea terribly barren. Climate in depression very warm. Had swim – queer sensation – simply cannot sink. After lunch continued on to the River Jordan where Israelites forded the river and is also where Christ was baptised. Visited three monasteries – Greek, Abyssinian & Syriac(?) then to Jericho – has three sites – the old around 3500 years – after centuries little is left. The Roman Jericho & finally modern Jericho – Elisha’s Well. Back to Jerusalem leaving for home again at 6.30PM. Had supper half-way home returning to camp at 10.15PM.
Thursday January 28
Raining hard in morning – trip to Persian Gardens & Stock Farm cancelled, far too wet. Wrote then pictures at night – Ginger Roger’s in “Kitty Foyle”
Friday January 29
Still raining hard – thunder & lightning terrific. Played cards during afternoon. Secret of Dr Kildare at night.
Saturday January 30
Several showers of heavy hail – cold enough to allow it to lie around an hour or so. Grade B1 again. Saw Joan Crawford in “A Woman’s Face”.
Sunday January 31
Weather the same. Continued writing. The Rage of Paris at night.
Monday February 1
Still on fatigue – wrote & played cards most of day – then pictures & housie.
Tuesday February 2
Weather cleared – fine day. Time becoming rather monotonous. Housie & pictures “Tall, Dark and Handsome”.
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