We set out for Israel from Heathrow on the 21st October and we boarded quite quickly and easily. And then we sat and waited………..and waited………………and waited for around an hour with the only information being one of the Stewards saying "we apologise for the delay and will be taking of as soon as possible. One hour late, we actually took off. It appears the delay was caused by a passenger from the USA arriving with excess baggage and not having the wherewithal to pay the extra required. By the time that had been resolved we had to wait for a suitable slot. As a result of the hours delay we arrived in Jerusalem an hour late, some when after midnight, knowing that we would be leaving the hotel at 8.30 a.m. as we were booked for Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane for 9.00 a.m.
It was a wonderful Mass and we then went to St. Peter in Gallicantu, the Pater Noster Church, Ein Karem, the Israel Museum with the Dead Sea Scrolls. At lunch time we stopped for a splendid lunch at St. Andrew’s Guest House and eventually arrived back at our hotel exhausted but exhilarated.