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... like a warm welcome. No more suspicion. No more tension. When I asked how much a visa would be if I stayed for a few weeks, the officer said, "I have an uncle in Sydney. For you? Free. You can stay for three months. Oh - and welcome to Lebanon". Within minutes our taxi continued over the mountains of Lebanon and then, there it was. Beirut - wedged between mountains and the sea - the water glistening in the sun and the city below. A Middle Eastern oasis. That's it! I'm staying here! ...
... back in time at the ancient sites (like the walls of Damascus). It's still pretty nice though to walk around the old walls, the Bab Sarqi gate and other old features of the city.
The same afternoon we filmed in the Umayyad mosque and Azem palace. The means of transport was quite unusual: minibus. Right through the market. Which involved a lot of honking and near-misses. Normally there is only pedestrian traffic in the market but our driver felt he had to ...
... Walid. The north one is called the Minaret of the Spouse and the one in the southeastern corner is the Minaret of Jesus, because according to Muslim tradition this is where Jesus will appear on the Day of Judgment.
It is believed that the head of John the Baptist is in the Mosque, and when in 2001 Pope John Paul II was in Damascus he visited the relics.
The tomb of Saladin is also in the Mosque, in a small garden by the north wall.
... the Ottoman empire the masseur would often have been a sex worker; typically a young non-Muslim man from one of the Ottoman subject nations. Thankfully those days are behind us. As far as I can tell, the pudgy grey haired man, who is breaking any hints of stress in my body with his meaty paws, and tearing a layer of my skin off with a coarse mitt, has no hidden agenda.
I've sweated, I've been scrubbed, and I've been pummeled. ...
... br> somewhat of a novelty in most parts of the country. From our first stop in the ancient, conservative city of Aleppo to our last stop in amazing Damascus, we were constantly greeted and welcomed and asked how we liked Syria. I've lost count how many times we heard,
“welcome, welcome” and, “welcome to Syria”.
It may be a bit of a tired cliche but it really is the people that make or break a travel experience and ...