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Easter in Syria

A new week, a new country...

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Hope you had great Easter holidays!
My Easter was clearly different this year.


Having heard great stories about Damascus in Syria from other travellers, last Monday I decided quite spontaneously to cross the border from Jordan to Syria with one of the popular service taxis. Travelling by service taxi means that you go to the local bus station and wait until 4 people gather that are interested in going to the same destination. This way you only pay 1/4 of the actual taxi fare.
In Damascus I stayed in an athmospheric backpackers hotel where I instantly met people to explore the city with.
Al-Rabie Backpackers Hotel

Al-Rabie Backpackers Hotel


Some of the highlights of Damascus were the Umayyad Mosque, the Azem Palace, the numerous Souqs & street life, the restaurants and local Easter celebrations.
Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque

Azem Palace

Azem Palace

Azem Palace

Azem Palace

Traditional Wedding Shoes

Traditional Wedding Shoes

Souq al-Hamidiyya

Souq al-Hamidiyya


Damascus

Damascus


offering weight measurement

offering weight measurement


CIMG0748.jpgview over Damascus

view over Damascus


Food is found everywhere in the streets:
fresh Almonds sold everywhere

fresh Almonds sold everywhere

Figs (on first sight I thought it was dog food)

Figs (on first sight I thought it was dog food)

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creative Food

creative Food


Last Thursday I joined an Auzzie couple to one of the most popular archeaological sites in Syria called PALMYRA. The remains of this city were really impressing and we had fun exploring them. Every few minutes beduins were approaching to sell some camel-bone-necklesses. The beduines (=nomades) really do have a different way of growing up, e.g. we met a little beduine girl hardly able to speak but she greeted us with "candy, candy, money, money" pointing towards her lips!
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Palmyra

Palmyra

Palmyra

Palmyra

Palmyra

Palmyra

Palmyra

Palmyra


Just before sunset we climbed the highest of the Towers of Yemliko. As this is not allowed we had to cross a gate..
Palmyra - Tower of Yemliko

Palmyra - Tower of Yemliko


Palmyra - breaking into the tower

Palmyra - breaking into the tower


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After visiting Palmyra in the evening I travelled to Aleppo by myself as the 2 Australians were staying in Palmyra for the night.
Aleppo is a slighly smaller city and appeared very quiet as I was visiting on Friday (= a holiday). Just before enterig the Great Mosque I met a guide who was leading 2 Americans around Syria and they offered me to join for free! After hearing all the details about the Mosque, which is about 10 years younger than the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, we moved on to see the Citadel (city castle). At the end of the day I lingered through the Christian quarter in Aleppo, right on time to see an Easter ceremony.
The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque

Citadel in Aleppo

Citadel in Aleppo

Swiss Embassy in Aleppo

Swiss Embassy in Aleppo

Easter in Aleppo

Easter in Aleppo

shop owner offered me to check out the traditional Aleppo outfits

shop owner offered me to check out the traditional Aleppo outfits


For the weekend I was back in Damascus and got to see more of the Easter traditions.

Now back in Amman I'll be going to the Dead Sea. Thursday I will try to cross the border towards Israel. However, I met several travellers that were denied when trying to get into Israel recently so wish me luck!:)

Posted by Nadia88 10:12 Archived in Syria Tagged backpacking

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Wish you good luck for crossing the border to Israel..and please no dips and tricks like you did in Palmyra. Kiss mom

by helma

Ha Nadia,
Ik ben een goede vriend van Harold en hij gaf me deze link door. Ik heb je al heel lang niet meer gezien maar hoor wel af en toe over jou van je oompje. Hartstikke leuk om jou verhalen te lezen en de foto's (met Peet!) te zien!
Groeten, Han.

by Han

:) no worries, I'm sufficiently scared to show full respect to the Israeli border agents tomorrow. let's hope they answer my respect with less intensive questioning..

by Nadia

Ey!!

Ik zag dat je nu in Tel Aviv bent, wat gaaaaaaf!! Het is je dus toch gelukt om de grens over te komen!! Veel plezier daar nog, we mailen!! xx JO

by Jorina

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