Exploring Nazareth

We headed out on the highway east to Nazareth this morning with patches of sunniness and cloud.  Through the forest along the ridge of Mt. Carmel with vistas stretching out on either side for miles west down to the Beit Netofa Valley and north to Akka.  Then climbed the hills up to Nazareth….

In the Har Ha Carmel Reserve

Olive oil stand

Selling olive oil made from their trees in the background.

It’s been too many years since I’ve been to Nazareth….no years here in print…just that I was only 17, so I don’t remember what to expect.  But it’s grown….and the traffic is incredible and the roads tinier even than what I recall.

Arriving near the old city of Nazareth

We are here and so is everyone else!  The streets are clogged with cars.

Can our car really fit in there??!!!

So we drive right in there and it’s a TWO WAY road!!!  AND we find a parking place….miracle beyond miracles!

We are parked below the Al-Mutran Guest House

Now we set off walking through the tiny “streets” sized more like sidewalks……

Walking towards the market

Inside a lovely gift shop…….read: danger zone!

Inside a 1700's building with 14 foot vaulted ceilings and its own well....but shopping!.

True, but beautiful, danger!

Antique silver pieces repaired for wearing.

Reconditioned coin silver jewelry

Exquisite pieces of coin silver jewelry.

Interior of gift shop near Al-Mutran Guest House at Bishop Square, Old City Nazareth

Fabric embroidered by local women in geometric patterns…predominantly in reds.

Peeking into courtyard of a hostel

Lovely little street in Nazareth

One of my favourite photos from today – a quiet little street with cyprus trees.

Closeup view at a copper - brassware shop

Close up view of old and new copper and brass-ware.

Fahoum Coffee & Spices shop - Nazareth Old City Market

Wonderful coffee where we tried it out first!!

Coffee shopper

Another coffee shopper

Historical photo of Mary's Well, Nazareth, taken in 1920

Cool historical photo found in the Al-Mutran.  It doesn’t look like this any more……
To be continued…..

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