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... and we were able to venture out and explore the old cıty wıth ıts palace, mosque and amazıng souq (bazaar).
After a full day explorıng the cıty (and a lıttle baklava of course) we settled ın at Al-Nawfara Coffee Shop to see a dyıng art form. Abu Shady ıs an elderly Syrıan man who ıs known as a Hakawatı, or storyteller ın ...
... er nog tijd genoeg is rijden we al door naar Krak des Chevaliers.
P.S. foto's opladen lijkt niet erg goed te lukken (gaat enorm traag en blokkeert na een tijdje)! al blij dat ik een verslagje heb kunnen posten!
Today we spent a whole day visiting 'old Damascus'.
The souks of Damascus are in fact divided into several adjacent souks, each sometimes specialising in a different product (silk, spices, etc.). The most famous is called Souk ...
... two young Russian girls, as if they had fallen from another planet, dressed in mini-skirts, and gathering the attention of the entire street, attracting a mob, which would slowly form behind them and follow them down one of the main streets of Damascus, as cars honked their horns and young boys and men of all ages whistled behind them. ...
... had looked around a bit, and this was the best/cheapest place going. Good enough for me.
My room is one of seven in a large house-type thing. The seven bedrooms, along with two kitchens, and two bathrooms all wrap around an open central courtyard which is dominated by a large citrus tree. The courtyard, which is also the home of a random neighborhood cat, is a great place to be anytime of day; it never gets too hot, as ...
... going on in the monastery, and I didn't see any monks. A guy I thought was a monk turned out to be just a taxi driver (but he had a black robe and a beard). I had expected more, like an opportunity to chat with the monks or people staying there, but it was pretty deserted.
I had told my driver that I would be back down in five hours, but I was finished after one. I walked back down, woke the driver up from his nap, and went back to Damascus.