Day 9, Tuesday, March 20:
This morning we drive south from Jerusalem to Herodion, a cone-shaped hill near Bethlehem where Herod the Great built a fortress and palace, and where he was buried. From there we go to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. We go to the Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional site of the birth of Christ. Before we leave Bethlehem , we drive by the traditional Field of Shepherds, where the angel announce the birth of Jesus. And of course, on this day we will go shopping. Not much traveling this day but a lot to take in.