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Travel Blogs from Damascus
... They were probably filming a TV series and they were using the citadel as a backdrop. I wondered what CNN would make of all that. Another bloody battle on the streets of Syria.
After checking out of the hotel I took a taxi to the train station and boarded the train for Damascus. This train, despite being in a country far poorer than Italy or France, would have to be one of the most comfortable trains I'd been on in a while. And it cost a grand total of five ...
... for 2 years and discussed a great deal about the city and Syria with us.
Besides relaxing in Damascus for a few days I decided to take a few day trips. My first destination was the crusader fortress named Crak des Chevaliers. Perched on a steep hill high above the surrounding countryside this impenetrable looking fortress, surrounding an even more fortified castle, was one of the most ...
In the AM went to the Umayyad Mosque. It was a temple to Jupiter, converted into a basilica, and then converted into a mosque in 708 AD. For 100 years after the Muslim conquest, it was shared between Christians and Muslims with the building split in half.
Non-Muslims enter through a visitor entrance, called the "Putting on Special Clothes Room." Women must be covered from legs to head (scarf ...
... portion of the wall where Paul was lowered to escape the city.
It was a good feeling to not have to race off to a bus terminal to get to the next city.
Sleeping in tends to be a good way to start a birthday.
After breakfast, we headed over to the National Museum. Now, neither of us are necessarily museum people, but for some reason we both had enough interest ...
... 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 - ...