Exploring the old city of Damascus

With Christopher in town for a few days, he and I decided to have a boys weekend away. Sadly, the girly bars and super nightclubs of Beirut were off-limits, so instead we opted for the historical choice and drove over to Damascus.

Supposedly the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world (Byblos, Aleppo and several other cities also make this claim), Damascus has a fantastic old city complete with winding narrow alleys, beautifully preserved mosques, traditional cafes and tastefully renovated Damascene palaces.

We opted to stay in the Beit Joury hotel, a 300 year old palace which had only been converted into a boutique hotel last year. The hotel was in the centre of the Christian quarter and an easy walk to all the main historical sights. From there we wandered leisurely, munching on a falafel roll (very tasty, but not quite as good as my favourite, Sahyoun, on the old Green line), scoffing down a monstrous cone of vanilla icecream covered in pistachio nuts from Bakdash, then later on sitting and whiling away an hour over some sweet black tea and a nargileh pipe.

2 Replies to “Exploring the old city of Damascus”

  1. How come G’dad missed putting a blog on this one?

    What can one say though, this is as an eclectic mix as I’ve ever seen. An ablutions block next to John the Baptist’s head and below a leaning pile of bricks. A steam driven bike being run over by it’s modern petrol driven nemesis. Photos that remind me of the radio ad “Doors – Doors – Doors – Get your dead set imitation Morrocan designer doors at Doors Plus on the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail”.
    Now don’t think I’m a UFO nut but isn’t that one in the top middle picture pretending to be a squashed tower?

    One could go on but there may be someone out there watching.

  2. I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement

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