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  • Writer's pictureveronicapaini

A priceless experience you'd pay xxxx dollars back home

Welcome to Nazareth, also known as the "Arab capital of Israel."

Quite contrary to the typical Christmas card, Nazareth today is a fast past city filled with cultural mixes of both Christians and Muslims.

Although a sensitive city, this lieu is surrounded by smiling locals and holds the definition of Middle Eastern charm.

But what really caught my eye was the humble and peaceful setting of the Fauzi Azar Inn. Situated minutes away from the Basilica of the Annunciation, this lodging area is exactly what I needed.

An escape from the day to day “hype” Israel is known for.

You’re transported back in time, sleeping under the stone brick dome while enjoying the open space of courtyards and massive windows. Although labeled as a hostel, the detailed design creates a private atmosphere where you’d think the mansion is all yours.

It’s that kind of dreamy wish list AirB&B spot. That open-air getaway vibe.

But What made my stay even more special was hearing the history of Fauzi Azar, the owner of this 200 year-old family style Arab Mansion, who fought to keep the name of family alive. Things you don’t typically hear back in Orange County. To make things even more authentic, I had the opportunity hear it hrough the granddaughter. She gave a detailed description of the struggle this city and guest house went through, and how it became the “perfect fit.”

Oh it just made my stay so much more real!

And before you start assuming who knows what, listen up. It’s ridiculously affordable. And I’m a post undergrad who’s traveling with empty pockets.. Not to forget I was greeted with great service, wifi, and a traditional Arab breakfast! Pinch me?!

To finally top it off, here’s a little story I would like to share.

As most of you know, I travel solo and love it.

But the day I was traveling to Nazareth, I was feeling a bit desolate hearing my older sister was finally is back in California. Its been a couple of years since I’ve seen her. So yeah, I was longing for home- which never happens.

However, to my surprise, I arrived to guest house filled with 20 adults from the beautiful state of California. Yes, TWENTY !

It was crazy.

But honestly, it was the exact remedy I needed. They took me in like their own daughter- we cooked, laughed, and exchanged stories. My adopted California moms from Nazareth.

Moments like this, you can't sign up for or read it in a travel book. They just happen. You just stumble on.

When I travel, I don't really make plans and for the most part, things piece themselves together.

Experiences like this-in the humble guest house of Fauzi Anzi.

If you’re passing by, don’t miss the hidden door - you’ll never know what’s waiting on the other side. Shalom and Go in Peace!

xx -V

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