It was 29 December, day 6 of my Israel adventure as I headed towards a rainy 15 degree Nazareth.

I had a lazy morning before heading to the central bus station to catch a bus from Jerusalem to Nazareth. I couldn’t believe how much security I had to go through just to get inside the bus station. Think my backpack and I were searched twice!!

Walked through small alleyways to get to the hostel

Walked through small alleyways to get to the hostel

I got to Fauzi Azar Inn late that afternoon. The hostel had coffee, tea and fresh cake out the whole time, and it was for free!! The staff was really friendly and it was in a great location and stunning old building!

Entering Fauzi Azar Inn

Entering Fauzi Azar Inn

My view when sitting outside drinking a coffee at Fauzi Azar Inn

My view when sitting outside drinking a coffee at Fauzi Azar Inn

I checked in and went for a walk through the market to the Basilica of the Annunciation.

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

One of the doors of the Basilica of the Annunciation

One of the doors of the Basilica of the Annunciation

The Basilica of the Annunciation

The Basilica of the Annunciation

The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. Greek Orthodox tradition holds that this event occurred while Mary was drawing water from a local spring in Nazareth.  Inside, the lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary.

Looking out over the city while standing inside the church complex

Looking out over the city while standing inside the church complex

In front of the Basilica of the Annunciation

In front of the Basilica of the Annunciation

The Bell tower

The Bell tower

It was a beautiful church!

Entrance of the church

Entrance of the church

Inside Basilica of the Annunciation

Inside Basilica of the Annunciation

Some stunning windows!

Some stunning windows!

The lights inside the Church

The lights inside the Church

Inside the church

Inside the church

I absolutely loved the cobble stone streets, although there were loads of steps as the whole place is built on hills. I sat in a small café opposite the Basilica and had a red wine and falafel for dinner while listening to the church bells ring.

Sunset in Nazareth

Sunset in Nazareth