Al Zaetona Hotel
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Our caravan has come to practically the
center of the Levant, Damascus. The capitol of the Umayyad Caliphate is embodied
with outstanding mosques and other religious institutions. They are covered in
clothing all around their, most likely because of the conditions. The city
possesses the great Baroda River through it allowing us to transport the
trading supplies further into the region.
... sh. Every nıght at the lıttle coffee shop he sıts up hıgh on hıs throne-lıke chaır and captures hıs audıences ımagınatıon wıth one of hıs many storıes. The story was ın arabıc but we were all stıll enthralled and he managed to keep us entertaıned the whole tıme by playıng up to our cameras and ...
... br> So, we start our walk in Hamidieh souk , which is covered with a characteristic iron roof. It runs just south of the Citadel from the western city wall to the Roman Propylaea (the columns and arches at the end of the souk are the remains of the Temple of Jupiter) and the plaza near the Omayyad Mosque.
This bazaar (souk) has been rebuilt several times, most recently in the 13th
century. It is built on the site of an ancient Roman fortress. Some of these remains ...
... dinner tonight. On the way he asked "what did you see in Damascus that you have never seen anywhere else?" Surprisingly I had no immediate answer, confirming how quickly the newness of a place can quickly dissolve. The strange and the exotic that make traveling so rewarding, slowly become normal. Had he asked me this question three weeks ago I probably could have rattled off half a dozen observations. I considered his question for some time before answering, but as I began, the ...
At the border crossing, after discovering that I work in Afghanistan, I was jokingly asked "Al-qaeda?... are you carrying a bomb?" After lots of smiles I was eventually let across to the border to cross what was perhaps one of the longest, most well-developed ...