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... a bit timid, they weren't hostile. Maybe it was the current mood.
I spent a whole morning trying to find a school that specialised in teaching Arabic in conjunction with activities like cooking and this was a concept I wanted to write about in the Middle East. After two hours of walking around the area and asking people for directions I gave up. I could have called them but I wanted to try to find the school without having to call them. After all, my mobile phone ...
... the Baptist, and was where the head of Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammed, was taken (although it has since been moved to Cairo).
I also visit the tomb of Saladin and see a performance by a traditional story teller which is quite enjoyable, even though I can't understand a single word since the whole thing was in Arabic. I crash early and take off by myself next morning to wander through the old city. I walk down the Via Recta, ...
... Louis' mind at ease).
When ordering meals, its important not to order mezze for the number of people at the table. Of course, reading the menu is half the fun, with options like "meat with faith and service", "different birds", "different nuts", and "cabatschino". Dinner usually starts with plates of nuts, and sometimes pickles, fresh veg and the like. After ordering an array of dips, mains and everything else, the dips usually come immediately as they ...
... cooked lamb cutlets with vegetable rolls and a nice glass of Syrian wine. Then came the free dessert: a massive tray of pastries, and another massive tray of fresh fruit. It's like they knew it was my birthday!
After dinner, we walked around the Christian quarter of the old city for a while, and found a nice half-underground cafe where we enjoyed some shay. We relaxed there for a while, and made our way back to the ...
... and we're in Damascus. We're transferred rapidly (time is money) to a local taxi and we're at the Sheraton here (more points - everywhere
else was fully booked). Lunch in bar area - croquet msieur and club
sandwich. Internet to see how coalition talks going.
Taxi to Bab Touma - gate in walls of old city.
Bought camera chis 1200 pics for me and 750 fo john!
Bar Alhara for lunch - lovely courtyard restaurant Umayyad mosque - ...