Orient Gate Hotel

Bahsa Street, opp Venesia Hotel, Damascus, Syria | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Damascus

First Days in Damascus (Damask)

A travel blog entry by kdwali

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... 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 ...

The Great Middle Eastern Journey Begins

A travel blog entry by meezerman

3

... freeze, as I resolve to buy gloves and a hat in Aleppo.

We have to wait at the bus station for nearly an hour, as our bus to Aleppo has been canceled. Bashar manages to find the only bus that's willing to make the trip through the snow. I'm not sure that finding the one bus willing to take a chance on the roads when everyone else has decided it's too risky is exactly a good thing, but at 9:30 we're off through the Damascus traffic to Allepo.
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So long Damascus

A travel blog entry by jmckerricher

4

... 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 ...

Finding my feet

A travel blog entry by jmckerricher

1

"The more one is able to leave one's cultural home, the more easily is one able to judge it, and the whole world as well, with the spiritual detachment and generosity necessary for true vision. The more easily, too, does one assess oneself and alien cultures with the same combination of intimacy and distance."
Edward Said, Orientalism


I've found my feet here in Damascus, and have easily fallen into a routine ...

We eat, and sleep, in style in Damascus, Syria

A travel blog entry by diannemurray

1
87

... times, and a lot of the ground is covered in fractured basalt sheets. Gaps in the sheet are cultivated, and smaller rocks are heaped or used for dividers.

Coming into Damascus, we can see that it is a very large city (population 1.6 million – total population of country 18.5 million). Lots of outlying industrial suburbs, and clumps of high rise apartment buildings. We take a turn to the east away from the City Centre direction, ...

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This hotel, located on Bahsa Street, opp Venesia Hotel, Damascus, is near Damascus Center, Apamea, Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum, and Hejaz Railway.
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    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good