A week ago, I did my post of the photographs I took from the Damascus souk — at least the spice and food ones. Here are some more shots from this really wonderful spot. The Damascus souk, perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. Well worth a […]
Quick preface: I am currently in Europe on the crazy Ultimate Train Challenge, but scheduled up a few non-train posts before I left on it, in case I was short of internet. So enjoy this post and others, but…. come over to the train challenge site also and root us […]
Currently of course, Syria is a travel no-go, but when things clear up (hopefully with a new democratically elected ruler), I can’t recommend a place any higher. One of the many things to see there are the Roman ruins of Palmyra, which are completely different than those at Baalbek and […]
I loved walking around the old city in Damascus. I’ll certainly be doing a series of photo essays about it in the near future, mainly focusing on the huge, huge souk (market) there. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCcWr7IWn_U The souk seems to go on forever. There are alleys this way and that and you […]
I think it is finally time to come clean and talk about my secret love affair in public for the first time. Let the chips fall where they may. I know many of my friends have wondered why I haven’t settled down and I have always been a little evasive […]
From Damascus In honor of NYC making the correct decision to allow the Cordoba House project to proceed in that great city — perhaps the most diverse city on the planet — I thought I’d post a picture of one of the most impressive buildings I saw on my whole […]
From Damascus I really, really liked Syria. Looking forward to a solid 4-5 months solely in the Middle East in the next few years. Now, if I can just get an Irish passport to make the Iran trip easier. . .
I recently just finished reading Bill Bryson’s Walk in the Woods which is the story of him attempting to walk the Appalachian Trail. As is true for everything of his that I have read, it is a complete page turner. Sometimes he finds himself just stopping on the trail, looking […]
In Egypt, I decided to cheat on one of my travel goals. As most of you know, I decided before the trip started to get one tattoo on each of the continents I went to. On the original route, that was to be five tattoos. Since my route change, it’s now going to be six.
17 Norias (water wheels) that date back to Ottoman times in the city, which is in Syria. When they are in use, they make a distinctive sound….The famous norias of Hamah, Syria — basically huge water wheels, but the sound is very distinctive.
Here are some sample pictures from Damascus. I simply had a great time in Damascus. I wasn’t there long enough and can’t wait to go back. The people were amazingly friendly. The sights were fabulous. Go. Simply — go. From Damascus at the huge souk in Damascus. I love spices. […]
I’d better write this while its all still on my mind, because I’d prefer to just purge it as soon as possible. I’ve written before that all is not wine and roses when on the road this long – though many travel writers paint such an overwhelming positive picture about […]