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From Hama to Aleppo

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large_5550_11661287864659.jpgNoria (water wheel) in Hama. Hama is a great base for exploring many of Syria's historical treasures.
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From Beirut we crossed into Syria where we left Kim's parents for a couple of days. On their own they enjoyed Palmyra [http://www.reuter.net/syria_private_tours/images/palmyra02.jpg] (the most spread out Greek / Roman ruins we've seen) and Crac des Chevaliers [http://www.crock11.freeserve.co.uk/images/crac/crac12-150.jpg] (the most intact large Crusader castle from the 1100s where school children can roam freely and fall off the edges).

While they were doing that, we spent some time in Aleppo [Aleppo-travel-guide-1185271] where we stayed at one of the many boutique hotels [http://www.mandalounhotel.com/] converted from old mansions. There are many similarly converted restaurants ... often multi-levels starting at the bottom with a basement / cavern, then a couple of other floors plus a rooftop garden ... all lavishly decorated in Arab and Mediterranean styles.

We also spent time in the Aleppo souk (bazaar) where we ran into traders we had met 2+ years ago. I sat in their shop and pretended to be the boss, welcoming passers-by. Great for people-watching. We were invited by 2 shops for the breaking of their fast at sunset (iftar).

It was also in Aleppo that I discovered "politics meets art". I noticed an ornate mother-of-pearl stool had been decorated with ONE "Star of David" instead of the usual Islamic octagonal patterns. It became apparent quickly that the Star was on the horizontal surface where wood meets flesh!


Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in Syria

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