Unsuccessfully sneaking into a mosque
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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Once we are downtown it finally feels as if we have arrived. The oldest city in the world. Sorry Aleppo
I have a quick walk around the city to old Damascus. I stop in the souqs for some old fashioned ice milk rolled in crushed pistachios. I grab a few trinkets and spend a bit more time in the souqs but this is mostly an orientation day so I know how to get around during my free time tomorrow. Dinner at a restaurant inside the souqs with rooftop view over the fantastic Blue Mosque. The food turned out to be a bit disappointing but I can't be too bothered about that.
The next day I woke up and finally got myself out of bed for some breakfast. Then I took the walk back through the souqs. They are much more grandiose and impressive than the souqs of Aleppo. I find the Blue Mosque, and I see everyone just taking their shoes off and walking in so I follow suit. Guards chase me in and inform me I must leave and buy a ticket from outside. I pretend I speak no English but they are having none of it, I am clearly not Muslim so therefore I must buy a ticket to enter this holy place. I glance inside once again and see kids running amok in this place of prayer
I then make my way through the souqs to Azm Palace. This is a fancy palace located in the middle of the souqs where affluent families lived. It was constructed in 1750, so it was pretty interesting checking this place out. The grounds inside were full of foliage and pools and were quite nice indeed. After the palace visit, I finished my walking tour of old Damascus and headed back to the hotel. I've decided to be a lame tourist and I end up spending the night at a nice air-conditioned movie theatre, watching one of the new box office hits. Lame, Andrew. Very lame.
My visit to Syria is now over, I am off to Amman in the morning.
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