Cham Palace Damascus
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... shave was a little more than expected! Found my local Shawarma vendor (75SYP ie 1 quid) just 100m away and which became my steady provider of nourishment.
Late afternoon I headed up to Jebel Quassion for a view of the city and spent a couple of hours wandering, looking and even a little local dancing!
... boys walking around with big sports bags, but didn't think anything about it. A minute later we saw undercover cops busting them, giving them a beating and sending them off. Turns out they were flogging beers and this is not allowed... The undercover police is always present in this park we got told, to ensure that Christians can have a drink without getting disturbed, but also to ensure that Moslims don't... I quite admire the mentality of our Syrian brethren, very open ...
... baptized Saul.The Chuch is five meters below ground level and consists of two rooms with stone walls an altar and some icons. It is very simple but often simplicity has powerful meaning.
I saw in many of the walls notices announcing the deaths of people (this made think of Spain where we do the same in small towns ).
I found the people of Damascus extremely friendly. At the end of the day I used to stop at the shop of a young man,where I would ...
... through a mess of parked cars, picking a route that avoids a clog of waddling old ladies in black burkas, and turn onto the road leading to the market. As I enter the market I find myself pressed against a corner by a compact truck brimming with sheep earmarked (spray-painted actually) for slaughter. The streets are a hum of activity: produce vendors are haggling with housewives, barbers are busy tending to a flux of guys wanting to look their best, and sweet vendors are ...
We got back into Syria quite painlessly sharing a taxi with an old Arab couple. We get dropped in the hotel district. Erin minds the bag whilst Mark tries to find the hotel we want to stay in. It is fully booked out but we find a room in another recommended hotel which has a lot of old world charm and is a great price.
We head out for old town, exploring the souqs and succumbing to ...