Blue Tower Hotel
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... what to do. I had access to foreign TV channels in my room which was strange but apparently the government can't prohibit that. So I was able to see the protests unfolding from the eyes of CNN and BBC, even though their journalists were banned from entering Syria. The local TV channels showed a different side to the violence and the focus was on their heroic soldiers killed in battle against terrorists. Who to believe? After two nights in possibly the best hotel room since ...
... getting to a hotel was easy since I was still traveling with Brent, who was already familiar with the city after spending over 10 days here previously. The day we arrived also happened to be the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. The main souq was extremely packed but quite impressive if nothing else than for its cavernous, lengthy main hall. In the middle of the souq area stands the ...
... s so much history packed into such a small space as the Old City and thankfully, this part of the city is still the Damascus that sustains the romantic notion of the Orient, filled with bazaars and blind alleys, minarets, mosques and fountain courtyards, street-cart vendors and coffeehouses. But there's also a new, much more modern Damascus where one can find many boutique hotels, chic shopping, and a new modern sophistication to the city.
... it was back into downtown again to explore a couple mosques, the market, and the Christian quarter. The first mosque we visited was quite large and had many tourists visiting as well as the locals who had come to pray. Since I was wearing shorts I had to put on a skirt thing to cover up the knees. All the women were required to wear a full robe. After a look around there we continued to the next mosque which had very cool looking mirror mosaics on the ceiling.
... saying "Building used to be a hospital turned into afiring – target and training –by Zionists" [sic]. It definitely had the size and layout to be a hospital. And its interior was so utterly disfigured that it definitely had the signs of being a target and training 'facility'. I do not know what the official Israeli line is about this town and what happened here. But really a governments 'official line' is most of the time practically useless, unless you are trying to find ...