Travel Blogs from Damascus
... 8230;. tot waterpijpen! Terwijl we rondwandelden in de souks kwam het leven langzaam op gang en het duurde niet erg lang of er heerste een gezellige drukte!
Verder ook een aantal mooie bezienswaardigheden bezocht: Azem paleis, Khan Assad-Pacha, Hammam Nour al-Din Al-Shaheed, Geneeskunde museum, Nationaal Archeologisch Museum.
Bijna alle vrouwen zijn gehuld in een lang kleed -meestal zwart- en een hoofddoek. Weinigen gaan westers gekleed .De vrouwelijke ...
... There was also a mass gathering on one of the squares (pro-president) which many of the hostel dwellers went to. I decided to miss out on this one! Instead I wandered, and got very lost, again!
Even though I did not attend any gathering, it was difficult to avoid the many people and vehicles showing their support, so a few photos anyway.
In the evening I visited Naranage ...
... 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 ...