My dad and I visited Haifa’s famous Bahá’í Gardens for an English-language tour.
We were mostly there out of appreciation for the amazing landscaping, but we were hoping for an informative tour, too.
What we got was a tour in bored monotone, never delving deeper than what we could have found through a cursory internet search.
We learned that the religion was founded by a guy named Bob (actually, Bab, but I didn’t know the spelling during the tour).
At one point, to explain the significance of the gardens, our guide asked: “Why gardens? Why did Bob not choose some other thing?” But then she didn’t really explain why not some other thing, so I couldn’t tell you.
One other peeve from the tour: modesty.
Not to sound all judgmental (okay, actually, I do), but I did my research before the tour and the takeaway was that my shoulders and knees should be covered, because we would be visiting a holy site.
Our tour guide reiterated the policy and claimed that immodest persons would not be allowed entrance to the gardens.
And then she just BRAZENLY let all these men and women in who were wearing short shorts and sleeveless shirts.
It was shoulder and knee madness!
So there I was, like a jobroni, wearing jeans and a t-shirt in ridiculous ninety degree weather.
And Bob was silent!
But the landscaping portion of the tour did not disappoint.
This was what the guidebooks refer to as a “must-see” and I have to agree.