The town famed for being Jesus' childhood home

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Basilica of the Annunciation (read review for more photos)

This blog entry features reviews of both the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest Christian church in the Middle East, and it's neighbour, the oft-overshadowed Church of St. Joseph.

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.

Basilica of the Annunciation (read review for more photos)
They have strong communication skills, that's not a problem. But they're just so damn rude. And very condescending. And seem to rather openly cherry pick their favourites (usually devout Christians, or Americans. They love aka arse kiss Americans). We had a similar story today as well.

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.

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Basilica of the Annunciation (read…
Basilica of the Annunciation (rea…
Japanese mosaic of Madonna and Chi…
Japanese mosaic of Madonna and Ch…
Front door of the church, depictin…
Front door of the church, depicti…
View of the town
View of the town
Church of St Joseph (see review fo…
Church of St Joseph (see review f…
Church of St Joseph (see review fo…
Church of St Joseph (see review f…
Church of St Joseph (see review fo…
Church of St Joseph (see review f…
Basilica of the Annunciation
Basilica of the Annunciation
En route to Galilee
En route to Galilee
En route to Galilee
En route to Galilee
En route to Galilee
En route to Galilee
Nazareth Sights & Attractions review
The biggest church in the Middle East!
So for one thing, don't expect a church half in ruins and shambles, archaeological remains of something, etc. etc. This is quite a modern church. In f… read entire review
Nazareth Sights & Attractions review
This was supposedly Mary's husband's man cave!
Yes indeed! Legend has it that this site was where Mary's husband Joseph used for his carpentry. Today, it's right next to Nazareth's most famous attr… read entire review
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