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  • Exchanging money

    by RblWthACoz Written Mar 24, 2006

    Favorite thing: I discovered that virtually everyone is ready to change your money for you. Reason being is that a person off the street can give you a flat 50 Syrian pounds per dollar...or another flat rate for your foreign currency...and then go to a bank or exchange office and get a few pounds more. For them, making 150 pounds off the whole thing is worth it.

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    Have a glassfull of carrot (orange, grape..) juice

    by al.ladin Written May 9, 2005

    Favorite thing: This juice stands is the best thing in the middle east, since the round Arabic bread.
    Don? miss it. You will get a juice from fruit you can see on the stand or difrent mixtures.
    My favorite is carrot + banana.
    Price about 25-50 pounds.

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    Before you go

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you read only one book before you head off for the Middle East, make it this one, William Dalrymple's "From the Holy Mountain". It will take you on a wonderful journey from Turkey to Egypt, via Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Witty, wise and erudite, it is an absorbing read from a writer who knows and understands so much about the region.
    This was the book that started me off on my travels to Syria, and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest, not only in the history and modern-day life of the region, but also anyone who simply loves a good read.
    Be careful -like me you may become hooked.

    Great book!
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

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    Palmyrene dawn

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Getting up at dawn, or just before if you can manage it, and walking in the ruins as the days breaks, is a magic thing to do in Palmyra. The stone of the ruins, palest cream in the pre-sunrise light, is briefly flushed a delicate rose-pink as the sun rises and then moves back to cream in the early sunlight. As the day progresses, the colours continue to change, moving through all shades of cream as the light intensifies until they are finally golden in the sunset.

    Early morning light
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    • Backpacking
    • Historical Travel

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    Good bye Idlib

    by dr.firas Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Here I said Good Bye Sergilla!
    as this building is the last on the way!
    and we started our way to Bara!
    we walked this 2kms by feet!
    it is better than riding to see everything slowly.

    Fondest memory: When you reach this monument it means you should say good bye to this amazing place!
    That’s what I did with mix emotions of happiness to see this all, and sadness to leave it all.
    Good bye Idlib

    Idlib

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    Arcs

    by dr.firas Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Nabil, our tour guide, explained very good how the old construction workers built the Arc!
    first they put a carcass of wood!
    then they add sands and water,
    and finally they gather the stones!
    No cement!
    and then they take off the wood bridge and the Arc is ready!

    Idlib

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    Sad facts

    by dr.firas Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There are still very poor people here who have no sheltter and they live in the old ancient ruins!
    they are homeless!
    in fact they are the grand children of the people who lived in this area long time ago!
    and they are mixed very clearly!

    Idlib

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    About Idlib people

    by dr.firas Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Idlib people are famous in Syria, like Hims people here but less than Hims Idlib people have the bad luck in jokes, as other Syrians say that there are many Pedophiles in Idlib LOL truely and they make jokes about this, but don't worry it is only to have fun, butit is not true LOL

    Idlib

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    Transport

    by dr.firas Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: By the way be really careful when you go to idlib from Aleppo in the micro bus which is the best and cheapest way to go there, but I'm telling you in the evening it is really rare to find microbuses so if you're not planing to spend the night, better go back at 6.00 pm to Aleppo!

    Idlib

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    Idlib

    by dr.firas Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Idlib is a small city in Syria head to the north not far from Aleppo, it is famous for its beautiful nature, as rains are good in this region, and also famous for the great ancient ruins of Bara and Sergilla :-)

    Idlib

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    The sea and the beach

    by MalenaN Written Sep 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Summer days can be very hot in Syria. How refreshing isn't it then to take a swim in the Mediterranean!
    The only beach I visited in Syria is at Cote d'Azur de Cham. The entrance fee is 250 SP and you will then have access to the nice beach the whole day.
    There are sun beds for everyone to use (but they all might be taken already when you arrive).
    At Cote d'Azur de Cham there are jet skis and motorboats for hire, but you are only allowed to drive them outside the rope.
    Swimming is safe inside the protected area.
    This side of Syria I did not see last time I was here. It is so different from the more conservative areas.

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    The beautiful gate to Palmyra city!

    by dr.firas Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: From this gate we entered Salhia ruins and site, and from the same gate we got out, but this great beautiful path was the leading way to famous Palmyra, the ancient famous city of a great once existing civilization of Syrian Grandparents!

    Dayr az Zawr

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    Not impressive accorded to the book, yeah Malena!

    by dr.firas Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: She was again so great with her sense of humor, I mean when I said, Oh there is nothing impressive inside here, *the citadel from the inside*
    Malena was answering immediately with a foxy smile: this is what the book says LOL

    Dayr az Zawr

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    Mari is interesting

    by dr.firas Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Mari is a city as I said, with libraries, the very first one in the whole world, houses, with evidence of everything people needed, Pagan temple, bakery, and fascinating canalization system and primitive aqueduct!
    it is supreme, the first alphabet was found here and in the same time in Ugarit and transported to the world museums....

    Dr.Firas in Mari by Malena

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    Bara VT meeting with Gilbertooo

    by dr.firas Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Our Group was of Syrian Tourists and one French woman "Anne"
    This is also of friend of us,
    We choose this lovely Pyramid to make a photo of all of us!

    Fondest memory: I met VT member Gilbertooo
    here, Actually when I met him he was not yet a VT member, but now he is so I can't but to mention it :-)
    You can see him next to me if you enlarge the photo he is the first one from the left :-)

    Me and the whole group! and with Jalal gilbertooo

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