Old Vine Hotel
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... and other maps call it, "Street Called Straight" which would be real fun explaining to a taxi driver who only speaks an Arabic dialect. But isn't recta also the plural of rectum? So there I was, with a confused taxi driver, on my way to the "Street of Arseholes".
The hotel was also called Via Recta and when I finally arrived, I wanted to strangle someone for giving the hotel (and street) a name so unfamiliar to locals. The Street of Arseholes was in the very ...
... narrated by, I was told, a famous actor in the Middle East although I don't remember his name. The part Brent and I played had us pretend to look at and silently discuss some exhibits while slowly exiting the room as the host spoke a few lines. For my 2 hours of "acting" I earned a fat 1500 Dinar paycheck, about $30, which was just enough to get me out of the country to my next destination, Lebanon.
... The outer wall of the mosque is still original to the temple and basilica. Over the south door, now blocked, is a Greek inscription. It states "Thy Kingdom, O Christ, is an everlasting Kingdom, and Thy Dominion endureth throughout all generations." (according to my guidebook).
I then went to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch's church, and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch.
I then ...
... and we both felt great afterward. Not bad for $9!
Feeling refreshed, we walked to the northern part of the newer city, and walked back to the old city for dinner. The restaurant we chose was a little intimidating at first: brand new Mercedes, BMWs, and Audis lined the valet parking queue. Even so, they accepted us with our linen clothes and dirty sandals. We chose to sit upstairs in the open-air terrace, where I ...
... come directly here, and are very emotional here.
Out the back, adjoining, is Saladins tomb. Or two tombs. Kaiswe Wilhelm gave a fancy one when he visited in 1880 something. Why is not clear, as there is very large one ready in use!
Leila's for dinner, a rooftop restaurant behind the mosque. we watched the hundreds of swifts come home to roost in the minaret of Jesus.
While we sat, the sunset call to prayer cries out very loudly next to us. Baba ...