A Day in Nazareth

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October 30th 2010
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Shabbat (sabbath) continues today. The public bus service is closed, but there is a frequent Arab bus to Nazareth, so that is our destination. Forty-five minutes later we are standing at the Basilica of the Annunciation, a Roman Catholic church and the largest church in the Middle-East. The interior was very large but sparse and it looked like much of the ceiling and walls were still bare concrete, waiting for mosaics or something. Next door was the church of St. Joseph, dedicated to the father of Jesus. It was built on the remains of a Crusader church which itself was built on some ancient grotto dating to the first century.
Our final stop on Nazareth was the Nazareth Village, a kind of historic theme museum (with guided tour) where they have some interesting artifacts and people doing reenactments, the whole thing is supposed to be like the time when Jesus was growing up. Mostly it just seemed like a guides museum tour, I seem to recall just one woman at a loom, and some period dressed women that served us period lunch at the end.
Tired out and having no further public transportation available, we bussed back to Haifa and slept away the last few hours of Shabbat.
We took a short walk in the evening and grabbed a small bite at McDonalds just to say we did and to use their free wifi. This place wins for most expensive McDonalds with a quarter pounder and medium French fry coming to $10.
I kind of wanted to visit the Sea of Galilee, but Shabbat kind of ruined the easy way, and there really isn't like one town to go to (a rental car would have worked nicely), or one awesome thing to see, so I think we'll just head on down to Tel Aviv in the morning.

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