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Stories and Tips Syria

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The Shia Shrine of Sayyida Zeinab

Written by HobWahid on 02 Nov, 2005

If you spend any amount of time around the maHatat Hijaaz (The Hijaz Railway station) and Martyrs Square, as I did, because it is where I lived, you will undoubtedly notice a few things. One is the small number of touts asking you if you…Read More


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Bosra: Where Muhammed Met Buhira

Written by HobWahid on 02 Nov, 2005

About an hour and a half to the south and east of Damascus lies the small city of Bosra. Not to be confused with the headline-grabbing city of the same name farther east in Iraq, this Bosra is an ancient city dating back to Roman…Read More


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Christmas Among Monks

Written by HobWahid on 02 Nov, 2005

I consider myself an okay Christian, more spiritual than ritual. I don’t usuall spend my Sundays at church but make my appearances on Christmas, Easter, and various other holidays, but after a week of traveling around Syria during Christmas, I was ready to give up…Read More


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Touring the Ruins Around Aleppo

Written by HobWahid on 20 Sep, 2004

The most spectacular sights around Aleppo are the "dead cities" and St. Simeon, both covered in other entries, but, if you have a couple of days in Aleppo and are not short on time, I recommend extending your excursion to St. Simeon to include a…Read More


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Taking a Bath

Written by HobWahid on 20 Sep, 2004

If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing a hammam (Turkish bathouse) before, then the Hammam Yalbougha al-Nasri in Aleppo is a great place to do it. In the mid-1980s, the Syrian government restored this 14th-century Mameluke hammam to full working order and opened…Read More


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Touring the Old City of Aleppo

Written by HobWahid on 20 Sep, 2004

The old city of Aleppo is a confusing labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, covered bazaars, khans, mosques and madrasas, unlike any other in the world. Of all the great old cities of the Islamic world (I have been to from Marrakesh to Cairo to Istanbul),…Read More


Advice to women

Written by perrytoo on 03 Dec, 2001

Syria is a much easier experience than many other Islamic countries. You are treated respectfully and welcomed everywhere. Most of the local women wear Islamic dress of some kind, ranging from a scarf over long dress or trousers through to full top-to-toe cover, but a…Read More


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The City of Tartus

Written by HobWahid on 28 Sep, 2004

Following the independence of Syria, the Syrian government immediately set out turning the coastal city of Tartus into its second port. As a result of this, enormous tankers and barges may have replaced the wooden fishing boats that used to patrol Tartus’ shores, but amidst…Read More


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The City of Lattakia

Written by HobWahid on 28 Sep, 2004

Although the city of Lattakia has seen its fair share of history, the modern city has surprisingly little to show for it. Unlike other cities in Syria, there is no Old City and no real Roman ruins to speak of, but that doesn’t mean that…Read More


souqs

Written by perrytoo on 25 Nov, 2001

The main areas for buying antique jewellery are in the souqs to the south and east of the Ommayyad Mosque, in the Gold souq on Mouawiyya St, and on Bab Sharqi leading up to the gate. The shops around the Mosque and by Bab…Read More


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