This area as also the above photo, was taken along a street called Bab Al-Faraj; We wouldn't miss it because of The Clock Tower.
On the photo, we could see some shops opened at night where we could buy souvenirs & stuffs.
In this area, we can also see some street vendors selling all kind of stuffs, from simple accessories (such as rings, combs, hairpins...) to err, soft-core photos !
This is so like in & around Kuala Lumpur ! (Chuckle !)
It's nice to have a scene like this to remind me of home !
Notice The Clock Tower on the photo ?
This is nice ! There are fruits stalls opened around Aleppo, leading to The Old Town.
People were just hanging there, buying fruits or eating fruits...
The fruits are cheap but I just walked pass them.
I couldn't wander too far because I would be meeting Mohammed near The Museum, which is near to my hotel.
So, you could see the photos I took before the argument with Mohammed & Co !
On The First Night...
No, I didn't check any club or bar when I was in Aleppo; I didn't care about that.
I took some photos of the night scenes around Aleppo.
This area is from my hotel towards The Old Town. It's a lively atmosphere...
Just be extra careful when you cross the streets (during the day, it's worst !), it could take ages !
Pubs and clubs are thin on the ground in Aleppo. There are a few bars - notably in the Baron Hotel, some of the hotels in the Christian Quarter and places like the Cham - and there is a large open-air bar on Sharia ash-Shohada.
The bars in the Beit Wakil Hotel and the Dar Zamaria are little cavey places in the cellars - they'd have more atmosphere if more people went to them but they do serve a good range of drinks, including imported beers or you could share a bottle of Lebanese wine. Syrian wine is generally to be avoided.
Aleppo beer wouldn't win any prizes, there's a bit of a glycerine aftertaste to it, but a chilled bottle does go down well after a long day of sight-seeing
It doesn't exactly jump - where in Aleppo does? but everyone who comes to Aleppo ends up at the Baron Hotel at some stage. With its rather seedy air of faded clubbiness, and the history of the place in your mind, it's not a bad place to spend an hour or two one evening over a drink and a few peanuts.
If you ask, you will be shown the rooms upstairs. Once everyone who passed through Aleppo on the Orient Express stayed here - the rich, the famous and the royal. Then it was possible to shoot duck from the terrace which overlooked a swamp as the hotel was so far out of the centre of town. Today the road outside is jammed with traffic and lurid cinema hoardings give the street a sleazy air. Inside it feels like a time warp. The big rooms upstairs are more likely to be empty than occupied, but if nostalgia is your thing, they are very evocative of another time and you could do worse than spend a night there.
Baron Hotel was built in 1909 and was once one of the best hotels in Middle East. Many famous guests have been staying here, like T.E. Lawrence, Charles Lindbergh, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Agatha Christie (she wrote the first part of Murder on the Orient Express here).
Now it has lost much of its former glory, but the bar is a nice place to visit for a drink or two. I had a Campari with orange juice, which was very good!
Me and Fouad....
it was the first person I met in Aleppo and really thank you Fouad for your help and your hospitality, we had a great dinner in a restaurant together and I will never forget these moments, I love Aleppo.....
People in Aleppo in general sleeps at 5.00am
so the impression is always that the city is sleepless.
you can watch and enjoy the view of the Citadel while having Diner in the tower of hotel "Amir Palace" it's wonderful
Dress Code: No Cocka Cola..no Mc.Donalds...
but real Orient food and fast local food like "Shawourma"
and local cola like "Ugarite".
The Baron hotel is a real institution... gothic, mysterious, spooky, and maybe slightly melanchonic-looking... but it's a great wonderful place to go fro a few drinks in the evening. The bar is really tiny and cosy - and it's very easy to meet other travellers. If this is not enough for you, then think about the fact that the likes of Lawrence of Arabia, Agatha Christie, Roosevelt and Yuri Garaging have all stayed and drank there. Not enough? Well, then think of former royalties: King Gustav & Queen Louise of Sweden; King Faysal I of Iraq; Queen Ingrid of Denmark, and so on and so forth. And btw, in case you are wondering: no, it's not a posh or snobby place to go... so try it!
Dress Code: casual is more than fine.
OK let's start from the beginning... there are still a handful of whirling dervishes in Syria, not many.. so it's down to a bit of luck to have the opportunity to see them dancing. At least 2 of these groups are baased in the Aleppo area, and one of them occasionally performs in the olf hospital/asylum Bimaristan Arghan. The best way to find out about dances is to drop by the hospital during the day and inquire there. I was lucky: I had the pleasure to see the dervishes on New Years Eve 2002/03! Magical! They charged 500 Syrian pounds for the performance
Dress Code: Dressed... and since it's open air, if you're there in winter, dress very warmly!
This place is were locals gather to have a drink and also families
many youngs and locals gathers for coffee and is situated in the univercity quarter.
Dancing Dabke with Firas, Fouad and Rami at Touring Club. I like this dance when people are dancing together. And with the simple steps I can follow!
It's when Sveta came to visit Aleppo.
I spent great times, and she really estimated the beauty of Aleppo and told me many times it is unforgetable!
Dress Code: Normal Light Dress.
I love this Monastery in the night!
But St. George's Cathedral is the best in Aleppo in the day and Night!
In general all the churches and Mosques are great at night with their Lights!