Al Sham Hotel
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... quarter of the old town of Damascus and walking distance from some of the best souks on the planet. Unlike the souks of Marrakech, here people go about their business without hassling tourists. Remember, this is Syria in the midst of a political crisis so the only tourists were the hardcore types. I had the whole city to myself. And as for the protests? I only saw those on TV. Walking around the old part of Damascus was pleasant and although the people were strangely ...
... narrated by, I was told, a famous actor in the Middle East although I don't remember his name. The part Brent and I played had us pretend to look at and silently discuss some exhibits while slowly exiting the room as the host spoke a few lines. For my 2 hours of "acting" I earned a fat 1500 Dinar paycheck, about $30, which was just enough to get me out of the country to my next destination, Lebanon.
... those details. So it is nice to know that exemptions to the rule exist for health reasons and that the muslim contingent of this country recognises those whom are not of that faith. I've also been told that it is illegal to eat in public in Jordan during Ramadan, however you can purchase food (however hard it may be to find). Looks like we'll be only commuting through Jordan to get to the airport next week, so we won't have to worry about incarceration (which ...
... and we both felt great afterward. Not bad for $9!
Feeling refreshed, we walked to the northern part of the newer city, and walked back to the old city for dinner. The restaurant we chose was a little intimidating at first: brand new Mercedes, BMWs, and Audis lined the valet parking queue. Even so, they accepted us with our linen clothes and dirty sandals. We chose to sit upstairs in the open-air terrace, where I ...
... 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 - ...