I stayed at Anastas House for 10 days recently while attending a conference in Jerusalem, traveling back and forth by bus from the station at Damascus Gate and walking thru Checkpoint Gilo 300, then a short walk to the Anastas family home. I had visited the Anastas gift shop, on the ground floor of the same building, on a previous trip to Bethlehem and had been impressed by the quality and variety of the items, many designed by Claire Anastas herself, many one-of-a-kind. I had also been impressed by this warm-hearted and hard-working Christian family, surviving behind the separation wall which almost completely surrounds the Anastas home. Claire told me when I arrived that she was prepared to do anything for me, and this was true - from delicious breakfast with the family to detailed directions on how to get around town to arranging a one day tour to Galilee, etc.
- Also Known As:
- Anastas House Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories