Missing Syria

 

I’ve met a lot of travellers on my way overland to South Africa 2010. when I fell in love for the first time with Syria. All of them, truly all of them, selected Syria for a favourite country on the way. This tells a lot about the people, the country itself …

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The Umayyad Mosque, Damascus – one of the oldest and the largest mosques in the world is considered by some Muslims to be the fourth-holiest place in Islam.

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Beautiful Aleppo Citadel

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Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, ever since the 6th millennium BC.

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Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, is the modern-day name for the city, it was known as Khalpe or Beroea by ancient Greeks.

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A view from the citadel

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The best falafel and yoghurt with fresh mint and vegetables 🙂

 

Baron hotel is the oldest hotel in Syria, and the region as well.

 

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I loved “Lawrence of Arabia” with Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif as a child 🙂

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.”  T.E.Lawrence, Seven pillars of wisdom 

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The room 202

The second floor of the hotel has witnessed the presence of political leaders and a lot of figures of culture: Lawrence of Arabia slept in room 202. King Faisal declared Syria’s independence from the balcony in room 215. Agatha Cristie wrote the first part of Murder on the Orient Express in room 203.

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Norias of Hama on the Orontes river – was called “the most splendid norias (“wheels of pots”) ever constructed.”

Palmyra, “the bride of the desert” was an ancient Arabic city in central Syria.

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Pray for Syria …

 

 

 

 

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