I always pass through French Square on my way somewhere though I must admit I have always thought of it as the " Fountain Intersection" owing to the lovely green fountain in the middle of its plaza.
With the Prima King's Hotel on one side, a Monastery on the other, the Conservative Synagogue complex on another and a sunken supermarket on the last this busy intersection has something for everyone.
Getting across it though is another matter !! The traffic lights and pedestrian signals are functional but seem intended more for vehicles than walkers.I always pause to regain my thoughts by the fountain before tackling another crossing.
On more than one occasion I have been walking up King George from Ben Yehudah when an official Presidential or Prime Ministerial motorcade has appeared with wailing sirens and motorcycle outriders.
This past March it was fun but strange to see the streets blocked off and deserted with the exception of the runners in the Jerusalem Marathon. No worries about traffic that day !
Taking Ramban street will lead you into the wonderful neighbourhood of Sha'arei Khesed where you can while away hours gazing at lovel apartments and lush vegetation before coming out to Sacker Park.
If you take Derekh Aza you will pass the guard booth at the end of the street which the Prime Minister's residence is on. One year I was able to meet Gilad Shalit's mother at the information tent which they had set up here to keep his case front and centre. You can pass through the security point and continuing down Balfour you will get to Jabotinsky with all this area has to offer including the Presidential residence, The Israel Academy of Sciences (and Arts) and further along the Mayer Museum of Islamic Art and distant views of the hills by Bethlehem.
If you head down Agron be sure to pop into the supermarket on the northern side. It is sunk below eye sight and street level, but is full of essentials and wonderful baking and foodstuffs. Across from it is the always welcoming.Conservative Synagogue.
If you go down King George you will end up facing Liberty Bell Park and can head back up King David towards the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Hotel. If you take King David the other way you will pass by the Jerusalem Great Synagogue and on towards Ben Yehudah Mall and beyond that Jaffa Road.
Which ever way you get there or where ever you are going this square (more a circle really) is nice to have visited at least once so it can become a refernce point when planning your subsequent walking trips in the Jerusalem core.
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