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September 03, 1993 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-09-03

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A typical scene at a Jerusalem bus stop.

Board A Bus,
See The Sights

RUTH ROVNER

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he bus ascended the hills
of Mount Scopus and
stopped at a scenic spot.
From the elevation, we
could see walls of the Old City,
the buildings of west Jerusalem,
the Judean hills, the dense, lush
trees.
Passengers with cameras got
out to take a few quick photos.
Then our driver pulled out and
we headed further up the hills.
We soon stopped again.
"Look!" said our driver, ges-
turing to the view beyond the
window. "On the left, you can
see the city and on the right,
there's the desert. On a clear
day, you can see all the way to
the Red Sea!"
We saw many more sights,
too, on our bus ride through
Jerusalem. Even though it
wasn't a standard bus tour, it
proved to be a very effective —
and economical — way to get an
overview of the city.
Bus 99 is not a plush tour
bus. In fact, it looks like a regu-
lar public bus. But it's intended
especially for tourists: It makes
a circle tour of the city, allows
re-boarding privileges along the
way, and even has commentary
from the driver.
In its circular route round the
city, Bus 99 cuts a wide swath.
Its drivers offer a brief narrative
at selected sites along the way.
All this for the modest price
of four shekels makes this ride
a bargain for those who are new
to Jerusalem and want to get a
good look at the city before
doing in-depth exploring; or for
more seasoned tourists who
simply want to sit and relax yet
drink in the varied vistas of
Jerusalem.
That's what I did during my
tour aboard Bus 99. After a
group of passengers boarded at

Central Bus Station, our driver
quickly warmed to his role as
tour guide as he maneuvered
through traffic. "Jerusalem is
so small that the pre-1967
border to Jordan was right over
there," he explained as we
headed towards Mount Scopus
from the bus station. "But
today, it's the Jordan River."
Climbing higher, he pointed
out the Hyatt Regency hotel
built into the hills, the British
military cemetery from World
War I and the campus of
Hebrew University, one of
several sites where we got off
briefly to take photos.
We saw other striking vistas,
too, as we ascended, our driver
gamely keeping up a good clip
despite the curves. Soon we

The buses of
Jerusalem allow
one to be footloose
when and where he
wants.

were heading downhill, past the
busy Central Station, crowded
with people waiting for the
numerous buses — and one
tourist with camcorder who was
videotaping the hectic scene.
As we got closer to east
Jerusalem, the sights changed
again. As we rode through an
area that looked rough, our
driver said, "Please close the
windows while we're in this
area." He didn't explain further,
we obediently did as we asked.
After more touring, we
approached the Old City. Our
driver pulled into a parking lot
near the Jaffa Gate, where a
few passengers got out to do
some exploring. They would

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