Syria


June 2008

Syria is like a fairy-tale! The streets are clean and safe until the night, the people are friendly, the food is excellent. The stone houses have unexpected beautiful courtyards with orange trees and many birds in the morning. We loved to visit the souqs and the hammam from 16th century. This year, Damascus is not only the capital of Syria, but the UNESCO Cultural Capital of the Arab world.

After Damascus (2,5 Mio. inhabitants, in Arabic Dimaschq: دمشق‎) we flew to Aleppo (1,7 Mio. inhabitants, in Arabic Halab: حلب‎) in the north of Syria. There it looks like an old painting in the National Gallery from the Orient of the 19th century.


Damascus



We stayed in Suleyman Suite


Alexandra in the courtyard of...


... our Damascus Home Al Mamlouka


View from the terrace over the hills of Damascus


In the morning in front of the Omayad mosque


Common prayer in Omayad mosque


Restaurant Elisar


Ammar studied in Czech Republic


The day begins in souq Al Hammidiyeh


Spices in souq Busurije


Sweets from Damascus


Social life on the streets


Caravanserai


Cleaning the streets


After the prayer


Aleppo



Honey in the souq of Aleppo


Pistachio from Iran


Traditional soaps made of olive and laurel oil


Relax in the mosque


Fascinating cobble stones


Sultan Gunnar in traditional dress...


... as the proud salesman


We stayed in...


... Mansouriya Palace


The citadel of Aleppo


Typical settlement in Syria