Pullman Al Shahba Hotel
Travel Blogs from Aleppo
... FSA CHECKPOINT,WHO WITNESS ME CLIMBING INTO AN OPEN TRUCK WHERE A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER HUDDLE AMONG BAGS ON THE FLOOR,AND A MAN STANDS LEANING ON THE BARS,AS WE HEAD FOR KALJIBREEN WHERE I WILL CHANGE CARS FOR AZAZ,HOPING TO WITNESS THE AFTERMATH OF YESTERDAY'S MASSACRE OF 80 PLUS CIVILIANS BY HELICOPTER ASSAULT.BOMBS ARE DROPPING EVERYWHERE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FRIGHTENED AWAY,BUT THE POOR HAVE NOWHERE TO GO,AND IT IS THEY WHO BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE ATTACKS
... so far. You probably haven't heard of it but 4 million Syrians live here. It is noisy, smelly, gridlocked and ALIVE
A real city with a real heart. Finding anywhere is just impossible so we played the usual trick and I jumped ...
Most of the souqs date back to the 14th century and are named after various professions and crafts, hence the wool souq, the copper souq, and so on. Aside from trading, the souq accommodated the traders and their goods in khans (caravanserais) scattered in the souq.
The khans also take their names after their location in the souq and function, and are characterized by their beautiful façades and entrances with fortified wooden doors.
The famous ...
... day and following some social unrest.
I joined the throng of happy people and ended up on a square with thousands chanting "Allah, Suria, Bashr Isbes" (Isbes is roughly how it sounded). Translated this meant: "God, Syria, Bashar is all we need".
I took photos and video amongst the crowd. People were talking to me (in Syrian!), establishing my origins, giving me cigarettes and shaking my hand.
After maybe half an ...
... shook her head..........
Scarf man: "You are man, where is your powerfulness?"
I said that in Australia the woman is the boss, and she said I can't have the scarf at that price.
Scarf man: "In Syria, the man is the boss, women don't tell the man what to do."
(Price has dropped to 200 pounds at this stage.)
I said that Alex has the money, and she won't give me 200 for the scarf.
Scarf man: ...