After taking the #21 bus from Jerusalem, we found ourselves a ways from the Church of the Nativity, so accepted an offer of a cab and guide in one. It was a great decision because Aljaran knew all the ins and outs, and most importantly, after visiting the Milk Grotto, he suggested we visit the Blessings Gift Shop directly next door.
Bassem welcomed us heartily and gave us a tour of the shop, while Aljaran lead us to the rooftop patio. At about the highest point in the area, we had an unobstructed view of the entire surroundings including the Shepard's fields, with all four directions annotated with a enlarged photos detailed what you were looking at.
Back down in the shop, we were truly impressed with the vast qnatity and terrific quality of all the items for sales. A third generation craftsman/small business owner, Bassem proudly pointed out many unique items and demonstrated the difference between inferior, Chinese-made products and his. We were so pleased to purchase a few items for Christmas knowing that we will sherish these works of art knowing they came from Bethlehem and from such a kind and passionate family.
We highly recommend anybody visiting the Milk Grotto to cross the street and visit this great shop!
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