nice, simple souq, BUT I didnt risk buying food stuff that is perfect landing for thousands of flies.. :)
Al-Qahira Fort sits on top of the hill overlooking Hajja and the surrounding area.
It was to protect the area which was rich in agriculture, and in a strategic position 120km from the red sea.
The Ottomans took it over and after they left Imam Yahir controlled the area from the fort and it became well known for its jail in the dungeon and the escape passage.
There is a British cannon outside, but the most interesting bit is the tiny gun room. Here are 2 walls of newspaper cuttings depicting historical events and news including the executions that took place in the fort, with pictures of those to be executed and the executioner.
More recent cuttings show photos of the current president and his son. All are in Arabic, and none are protected in any way so may well not last that long unless steps are taken to preserve them.
An incredible room of recent history.
Not sure what the village is called, but just when you leave Sana'a on the new macadam road to Thula (half-an-hour's drive) you come across this picturesque village.
Should be a few hundred rials by minibus from Sana'a to Amran. Get a travel permit. The Governorate of Amran is very tribal. The capital city of the same name should be OK, but you will definitely be asked for your permit when leaving Sana'a on Amran Road.
If you have your own (driver and) car you could drive from Sana'a to Wadi Dahr (Palace on the Rock) and the continue directly through the wadi, past the Shalman water factory, towards Amran Road. Once past the gate of Sana'a you'll see various volcanoes.
like most kids - they are very nice and curious. I risked to give one pencil to one girl and ended up with plenty of them running after us for more! was impossible to escape.. it was my mistake though.. never give them anything or have small coins with you to satisfy the village!! :)
Unique Suggestions: of course - if you have at home too many kids stuff that you dont need - take with you and give to kids, BUT give all that only when you leaving the place - trough as far as possible from your car so that all run away, otherwise impossible to escape..