Orient Gate Hotel
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To a familiar rhythm of Together, United, We’ll never be defeated, possibly 100,000 men women and children chanted "Allah (God), Syrie (Syria), Bashar (The President) is all we ask!” The numbers of people grew as the day went on, a palpable excitement was in the air. The helicopters were filming the crowds and broadcasting to state television. Everytime they flew over the crowds would cheer loudly. The chanting continued and could be heard ...
Had breakfast at the posh hotel with two saudi guys. Left at 10:30 and headed for tartus. On the way i stopped at al Hosn castle. One of the most preserved castles i've seen. Spend an hour there and continued to tartus. Arrived at 1:30 and my boat leaves at 6. Check in supposed to be 4. Stopped 4 petrol and a taxi driver came up and showed me a picture of a fire blade he used to have before ...
... savouring the refreshing flavour that reminded me of certain white beers available in the UK. While I drank my beer, we consulted the guide book to find out where to go next, soon deciding to see the home where St Paul was supposedly cured of his blindness.
In the Bible a bad man called Saul had been sent to Damascus to cause some Christians trouble. Along the way God had blinded him leaving Saul defenceless. Luckily for him though another chap called Ananias soon came ...
... all the big cars have Saudi number plates. The Saudis avoid the extreme summer temperatures by holidaying in Syria, and there presence is often not subtle. Yesterday a friend of mine managed to subtly take a picture of an iconic site – a group of Saudi men (all were wearing, like most of the Saudis that come here, traditional dress) withdrawing money, a lot of money, from a cash point.
The place I am staying happens to be two blocks away from the residence of the ...
... unusual against the backdrop of urban decay or neglect. The security here, and around the Government building yesterday, is the only obvious security we’ve seen. On the surface, it is very laid-back, unlike a lot of countries we’ve been to. However we do have to present our passports frequently – even to buy a bus ticket, and at our hotels.
We have worked out where we are and take a swing to the right, climbing across the ...