Orient Gate Hotel
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... br> Damascus museum, souk Al-Hamidieh and several other souks, palaces, Khans, and old schools and Bimarestans are additional attraction in the old city. Khan Assad Pasha was built in 1752 under the patronage of governor Assad Pasha al-Azm.
The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus, is one of the largest
mosques in the world and also one of the oldest sites of continuous prayer since the rise of Islam. A shrine in the mosque is said ...
... the best feature is the sun roof which means 4-5 people can get up there and have a front on view of the sights). We had so many kids run up alongside us yelling out hello and even adults. It was a very welcoming sight and it was a shame we didn't have any lollies or small toys to throw to them. We pulled up to our camp ground and had dinner and a few drinks before calling it a night as we the next day was going to be an early start and a long one (see the next ...
... harmony with their Muslim neighbours. The separation between the Christian and Muslim sections of the Old Town was a blurred one and it brought home to us how insane it was that Syria (along with Libya and Cuba) was part of the so called Beyond the Axis of Evil list, an expanded list from the original three: Iran, Iraq and North Korea. To gain entry into this second tier of evil rogue states, a country had to be ‘state sponsors of terrorism with the potential to pursue weapons of ...
After about 1 hour from Amman, we arrived at the Jordanian border. We had to pay 8JD as an exit tax but it was straight forward.
Now, the next big hurdle is a Syrian visa. We had heard various stories about this. The guidebook says you must obtain Syrian visa before entering the country, possibly at your resident country. But when I googled various stories from travellers, most people say that you can get it ...
... really I think if there was some kind of race involving dip-dip-diving some obstacles, I'd win. Like Mario kart for people.
Dad was waiting in his pajero, parked opposite to ALL the traffic beeping around him and we made our way to Cham City Center, a high end mall where all the people seem to be. Four floors and a big food court, we headed into the busy pre-ramadan supermarket, where ...