The town famed for being Jesus' childhood home
Nazareth Travel Blog› entry 9 of 16 › view all entries
Day trip time.... again! It's quite easy to pick day trips in Israel - practically all of them have some religious significance, and all around Jesus, and a town we've heard of whilst growing up. Depending on the day, certain trips are available. And this day - Thursday - was a trip to the town that's famed for being his childhood home.
The same drill - the tourist minibus picked me up at 7a (which means I had a hurried breakfast), went to the common bus terminus where we got into the bigger buses for our respective spots, and away we went. I don't know what it is, and I never thought I'd be one of those people who whines, but I wasn't just happy with the quality of tour guides here.
Anyway the blueprint was the same: we stopped by that silly Elvis diner and then headed on to Nazareth.
First thoughts? It's a town! LOL! I don't want to sound like the cliched tourist expecting Biblical time ruins and seeing a progressive town, but it was kind of odd seeing coffee shops and pizza chains in the same town that Jesus grew up. Our first stop, and the most obvious one was at the Basilica of Annunciation (read review below).
A running theme definitely was my high annoyance levels with the tour guides. They seemed to either go on and on about themselves like their lives depended on it, or cherry picked their A-list and snubbed everyone else's opinion. The guide here found himself 2 American born-again Christians and promptly hitched his snobby arse to their gullible ones.
Anyway, the Church of St. Joseph (read review below) was a hop, skip and jump away. We spent roughly 30 minutes there with the guide mostly giving us the verbal version of his entire LinkedIn profile and we were soon away to the rest of the day's agenda.