I am wondering if you have something like what we have here, in Canada.
Outside of nearly every larger city ... there is something known as a "roadside tourist office".
You can drive in, or walk in, and everything that you might need to travel in that province (and generally the provinces on either side) is there. They have nice rest-rooms, and great staff ... and these are really nice and informative little stops.
There's pamphlets and maps and booklets and most sources of information are free, though there can be a small charge for some of the maps. One of the really useful things there, that I remember, was a pamphlet that listed area BB and telephone numbers. There are booklets of coupons, and information on side-trips in the area ... everything you could possibly need to plan your time well. Some even have Internet.
Likewise, when I was in Ireland - they had these little tourist kiosks dotted in the touristy area ... about 3 of them - and these were supplied by the government tourism department. You could book tours there ... things like that.
Do you have such a central tourist place in Jerusalem?
If you do ... where is it, and what information is available?
Also - if I am understanding posters correctly, mention been made in other threads of some sort of a Christian Services Place (I don't mean church service times; I mean information that would be of interest to Christians) in the Old City, as well as an area in the Old City where a person can check out daily or weekly restaurant discount coupons, or deals.
(I came across these before I knew how to make a "favorite thread folder" - and I can't find them now!)
Could you please shed some light on this ... where these places are, and what is made available for tourists there?
I would want to find these areas right off, my first day in Jerusalem.
AND ... there was this wonderful deal in Ireland called a Hop-on, Hop-off bus! You could buy a 3-day pass, and it took us out to the zoo and everything! There were 31 or so sites the bus passed by and let you "hop off", or "hop on". Do you have something like that? I thought I read somewhere (not here) that Jerusalem had this, too. I haven't heard anything about it here - and if it existed, that would be strange not to hear -but the strange thing was that in Ireland, when I mentioned this to a cabbie and to a hotel operator - it was news to them - so maybe it is to people here too!
Thanks! (still having a great time exploring and planning ... part of the fun!)