Al-Madinah / City Hotel
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... br> Damascus museum, souk Al-Hamidieh and several other souks, palaces, Khans, and old schools and Bimarestans are additional attraction in the old city. Khan Assad Pasha was built in 1752 under the patronage of governor Assad Pasha al-Azm.
The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus, is one of the largest
mosques in the world and also one of the oldest sites of continuous prayer since the rise of Islam. A shrine in the mosque is said ...
... of taking private lessons in the local dialect. I considered lots of factors before jumping ship, but to be honest, once the idea popped into my head, it became the obvious choice. After talking with lots of students from both the University and other language programs I'm happy with my decision.
I'm now three days into my lessons (whereas the University program doesn't start for another week or so) and things ...
... true cross" and had crosses lit all the way to Constantinople to announce it. There were fireworks going off, and a lot of pilgrims from Lebanon were in town.
First went to the Orthodox monastery of St. Thecla. Thecla was a companion of the Apostle Paul, said to be very beautiful. When she refused to marry men, but wanted to remain celibate, she was an outcast and had to flee to a cave in ...
After about 1 hour from Amman, we arrived at the Jordanian border. We had to pay 8JD as an exit tax but it was straight forward.
Now, the next big hurdle is a Syrian visa. We had heard various stories about this. The guidebook says you must obtain Syrian visa before entering the country, possibly at your resident country. But when I googled various stories from travellers, most people say that you can get it ...
... decided to hit a very old turkish bath house cum craft market and did some shopping, and didnt buy much. i bought a pashmina scarf, for mom i think...but who knows. the ground in the plaza was as crooked as the prices...but its neat to be in a 1000 year old plaza and souk anyway. crooks in there!
on our way home we saw that the embell riva circus, which is in town from italy was starting in 15 minutes so we decided to hit it. it was 10 bux a person, very much worth ...