Syria Favorites

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    by Robin020

Syria Favorites

  • old town

    Damascus Favorites

    The Old City is my favourite part of Damascus. I guess it is everyone's. It is fascinating for its history, architecture and culture. Highlights include the Umayyad Mosque, Straight Street, Al-Hamidiyya Souq, Azem Palace and the Citadel. But it is also great just to wander around the various souqs, khans and narrow streets that people have lived...

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  • citadel

    Aleppo Favorites

    Aleppo's citadel Actually U can find a lot of interesting monuments in this city. You will really see so ancient things wich will amaze you. And there is a christian citadel near the city.. Food is cheap there..transport as well...people there like touristes and help them.. but it's not recomended for for a girl to go alone there if she knew...

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  • omayyad mosque

    Damascus Favorites

    Clean your feet, wash your sins...get ready to met God, get ready to pray Him... How to describe that feelings i felt?You understand me, always. No more secret between us, no more lies...the dirty is clean, now.

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  • new town

    Damascus Favorites

    Central Damascus is the modern heart of the city to the west of the Old City. It is characterised by medium-high rise office and apartment blocks topped with a sea of satellite dishes, small shops, big roundabouts, street vendors, roads full of small Chinese and Korean cars and hazy air, which is usually polluted enough for you to notice it. This...

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  • THE LITTLE DOOR ON THE DARK STREET

    I decided to go to Syria just 2 months after September 11, 2001. I had the place to myself. The whole Middle East really. No tourists. Anyway, I had a nice basic hotel near the train station. To get a meal with alcohol meant a long, long trek across the massive bazaar to get to the Christian Quarter. And back again each night after a few too many...

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  • Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for...

    MAGDOUS IngredientsEggplantsSweet red pepper pasteCrushed walnutsOlive oilSaltSliced garlic (optional)The stuffingMix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.MOUHAMMARA Ingredients100 gr. bread crumbs50 gr. sweet red pepper paste10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper20 gr. cumin40 gr. concentrated pomegranate...

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  • Price of some goods

    Prices of goods in Syria:bottle of beer :40 to 80 SYP around 1 UK poundPacket of cigaret : 35 to 100 SYPbig Mac : 100 to 200 SYPRead more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/217724/#ixzz1d29lM6K2

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  • a recommended multi-lingual guide

    I met Mohammed Jammal Hannan by chance, as I was visiting Al Bara. Mohammed lived for several years in Germany and speaks flawless German (and English as well), and he is a very friendly, experienced, reliable and knowledgeable Syrian guide in the Aleppo area. Even if you already know your itinerary, it is well worth hiring him as a guide, as he...

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  • ATM`s are rare !!!

    For some reason, ATM`s are very rare in Syria (even in Damascus and Aleppo), and I heard that the few that exist are not always reliable. Money Exchange is possible in most hotels, but Bureaus are rare as well. In other words: bring plenty of cash !

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  • Some websites are hard to acces in...

    In Syria they censor some websites that are thought to be used by groups who oppose the rulers of the country and it can be very hard to get on to some webpages, especially youtube and facebook.They are possible to acces from some cyber cafes, but they are mostly blocked.

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  • Syria flag

    All arabian countries have same colors. Green for Rashidi, White for Emevia(Umayyad), Black for Abbasids. Red is for blood of martyrs. Baas party flag is very similar to it too...

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  • No alco

    Please remember that Syria is Islamic Republic. Therefore, if you want to drink , eg. really great Syrian wheat beer, please book a few hours - apart from Damascus and touristic must see places it is not easy to get it!

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  • traveling as unmarried couple

    Hey there,I came home from Damascus few days ago. I spent 2 months in Damascus and was traveling all over Syria. I was with my male friend (i am a girl)and we never had any problems in hostels, hotels or in any place we visited! We were always together in 1 room. Dont worry, you are a foreigners and their laws doesn't concern you. You will have a...

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  • things to know

    1)- in damascus if you go to Tikya alsulimania near by there are many book sellers on the way .. you need to check if they have old books. you may also go to Almeskiya near Omyad mosque.2)- poeple in Ma'alula speaks Aramean and arabic and may be you can meet english speakers there too .. yes you can buy some written stuff in Aramean.3)- the beach...

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  • Peaceful travels.....

    People visiting Syria should see the historical attractions in the old city area of Damascus.......people should explore the old narrow streets of Old Damascus......visit the restaurants that used to be old arabic houses, now converted to restaurants..... visit the bazaars........just experience the culture of this country....... My fondest memory...

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  • Allow time...

    When youre in Syria, allow yourself a lot of time to see it. There is so much there to see and do, it is not just a one or two day thing. Old Damascus is great, I spent five days in Dmaascus itself, and that just wasnt enough. The Old City is a must. Dont be afraid to wander the streets off of the main roads, it is there that you will see some...

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  • Visa Extension (Iquama)

    Well, I just got back from a month and a half in Damascus and to give some advice to anyone that will be staying there longer than 15 days. It is a bit of a hassle and don't be afraid to cut in front of people and and seem "rude". I am actually the only foreigner I knew that actually got the extension; others I meet thought that you could pay a...

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  • Tour Guide

    Usama Khamiz is a tour guide for all Syria and is very helpful. He speaks excellent English and some French. You can contact him on 0096333224758 or 00963933673137. This is his brothers number but he will be able to get Usama for you. He also can guide you around Lebanon.

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  • getting a visa as an American

    I work outside the US now and where I live there is no Syrian embassy. According to the Ministry of Tourism website, you can get a visa on arrival (at the airport) if you can show your current residency and that there is no embassy. didn't want to take any chances to in my case, went through a tour company to arrange my visa. Think it actually...

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  • Money, money, money.

    The official currency is the Syrian Pound. Notes are widely available in 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 denominations. Coins are available in 5, 10, and 25 denominations. Trying to make change all the time...oh wait...a FOND memory. Nevermind.

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  • Exchanging money

    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,...

    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

    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...

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  • Palmyrene dawn

    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...

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  • Good bye Idlib

    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. 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...

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  • Ebla

    Ebla is not far from Idlib by car, and worth to be visited as you will find a great very ancient and first evidences of the very first alphabet in the world!

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  • Cool to be cool

    The people here are simple, and whenever they have the chance to have fun and cool themselves with a bath or swim in the river, well they don't hesitate ;-)

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  • LOL

    Inside the Major big Bathroom!No evidences now for the equipments!Nabil was Joking and said:if you want you can see them in London or Paris museum!

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  • Lucky me!

    I was happy too see and even touch all those stones and rocks which tells us the story of those times!I really wish all my friends to see this beautiful place one day!

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  • Poem for Idlib

    Pale of stones makes the Ruins...and leave the many questions of the former time...we still and stood here...and catch the smell of the past!Written by Dr.Firas for this Occasion!

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  • Arcs

    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!

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  • Discover it!

    Sergilla is a great hidden place which few tourists know about unfortunately!well since you know it now!you should think about a visit to this magic place!

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  • Sad facts

    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!

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  • Weather

    The wether is hot in the summer and cold in the winter in Idlib in a big difference of degrees, and I don't know why, but it is the local thing about Idlib!

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  • About Idlib people

    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

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  • The Tanour bread of Idlib

    Those gates are in all the Houses and temples and Baths!well nowadays local people use it for making the delicious bread of Tanour!as there's an oven inside some of them!

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  • Green views, not here in Sergilla

    Bara is much greener!I don't know the reason why!as it's only 2kms far from Sergilla!but this dilemma is quite interesting!Don't you think!

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  • Temple

    A great Temple in Sergilla with 2 floors!which proves that construction was really improved in their times!and with the beautiful special red rose gray color which makes it Superb!

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  • Idlib city

    Its a small really in size for a city, I'd call it a town rather!but it is nice, I prefer idlib in the spring when it is not too hot, and not too cold!I guess this is the best period to visit it!

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  • Transport

    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!

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  • Roman style

    Yes you can see the fundament in the middle which has the typical roman art of construction!No wondering when the Grandchildren are continuing the old style with a modernized touch!

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  • Graves

    I now know that there were 4 kinds of graves in this Area:1- for the Kings 2- for the wealthy people (Nobel)3- for the poor slaves!this picture shows the 4th kind which is for the Priest.

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  • Baths in the past

    Bathroom seems to be a traditional habit and pleasure for the Byzantine which had it from their Grandparents the Romans!So what is typical in all the Baths is the Arc in the middle of it!

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  • Bara

    Bara is separated by 2 parts the first which continue the Sergilla!and the other which was founded thousands years before the Byzantine Civilization!which is the Assure Pyramids Tombs!

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  • Sergilla

    This is the place where Byzantine civilization built in the 7th century!Here you can see temples, Graves and Bathrooms, and Houses!it was also supposed to be a city one day for this aim!

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