Syria was 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.