Looking out over the rugged, peacefully beautiful landscape surrounding the former Jewish fortress of Masada in Israel, it is difficult to imagine the violence and tragedy that occurred here in the first century.
A trip to Israel takes a little more nerve than one to a less exotic place. I had signed up for one called “In the Footsteps of Christ,” and when I told others the news, I was met with frowns and disbelief from some — and envy and wonder by others.
Situated between Seville to the north and Cadiz to the south, Jerez de la Frontera could be dismissed as a mere transit point. But during the off-season, the calm streets and small number of tourists make it a relaxing getaway.
The smell of sausage and mulled wine wafts through the evening air. It could be anywhere in Germany around Christmastime, but it is not. It is Edinburgh, Scotland, and we are at the European Christmas Market in the Scottish capital.