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In Damascus, I reached the heart of the muslim Empire. The Muslims wanted to have no part of the Mongols and were not interested in trading. But my persuasion and silk help turn the tides. Damascus had just recently shifted power from the ...
... The history of Damascus is such that many religions integrated and formed their "quarters" side by side, respecting each other. This included a Jewish quarter, although I suspect that no Jewish people still lived there.
An introductory wander around the local vicinity passed the remains of the afternoon. With a Nargeela (water pipe). One of many to come.
More wanderings the next ...
... br> Just to add to Martin's comment about the 'couple of cold ones' in the Bekaa valley: the cycle from Beirut to Zahle was, we decided, most probably the hardest of the whole trip. Mainly this was due to the weather; first we sweated up the 1600m+ of ascent in our gore-tex, thanks to the torrential rain. Then Cedric got a puncture. Then, when we were already getting cold, we were
hailed on, ...
... to make and came from some other place. We started to get impatient and when we asked for the bill as we waited for the not-too-sure-if-we-ordered salad, the man talked to us about service/no service, some lady in the bar, and the salad. Finally we got it, paid our bill and headed out. We wandered down some unfamiliar alleyways and soon we were some seriously non touristy parts. An hour later, ...
... minister Rafiq Hariri was blamed on Syria, and world pressure was placed on them. In the months after Syria’s withdrawal there was a spate of car bombs and targeted assassinations of anti-Syrian politicians and journalists.
Syrian president Hafez-al-Assad died unexpectedly in 2000, and was replaced by his son Bashir. It was expected that he would have a more liberal governing style, but this has not happened. There is not much freedom of ...