Hotel Dar al Kanadil
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MAREA WAS THE FIRST PLACE IN ALEPPO PROVINCE TO STAGE PROTESTS IN THE SPRING OF 2011,IN SUPPORT OF DERAA AND HOMS.
ON 22/4/11,THE PEOPLE CAME OUT IN SYMPATHY,AND TO DEMAND THEIR FREEDOM AND RIGHTS.THEY DID NOT,AT THIS STAGE,CALL FOR REGIME CHANGE.
THE HEAVY HANDED RESPONSE OF THE GOVERNMENT EVENTUALLY PROVOKED THIS STANCE.POLICE,SHABIYA AND INTELLIGENCE MINISTRY FORCES WERE REPEATEDLY SENT IN,OFTEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,DRAGGING PEOPLE AWAY IN THEIR UNDERWEAR ...
... to two of the abandoned Dead Cities, over 700 of which lie in the countryside; the Church of St. Simeon, a famous hermit monk who is said to have lived on a pillar here for 37 years; and Qala'at Saladin, an extensive Crusader era fortress.
One of the must-do experiences in the Middle East is taking a trip to the Hammam, bath house. After delaying long enough I decided it was finally time to try it ...
November 3, 2010
First stop today was back to the big western mall north of town to stock up on groceries and to post a blog entry or two at the "Second Cup" coffee shop. It was still a good hour to get there, but through some great little dusty villages and after getting a bit lost and ending up in central Aleppo. Many of you know that I do enjoy driving, and the extra challenge of this traffic madness is actually kind of fun (touch wood!)
From there we headed north, ...
... as rubbish disposal. Washing clothes. Having water. In so many of the countries we have visited rubbish disposal is solved by the locals by dumping garbage anywhere. Finding a rubbish bin can be quite an achievement. One black plastic bag we had carefully placed in a rubbish container was instantly fished out by a small boy who ran off gleefully with the black bag having emptied it all over the ground. Getting water: got lucky in Syria with fresh water ...
From Gaziantep to Syria are many organized trips. As we wanted to go 'last minute' we had to find our own way to arrive to Syria. Most logical way is to go to the border city Kilis. The cheapest way to travel between Gaziantep and Kilis is to use the 'dolmus' a frequently used minibus service in Turkey. From the terminal we traveled by dolmus to Kilis and from there we were planning to look further.
Once arrived at Kilis, we didn't ...