Damascus Souk (Al-Hamidiyah Souq) in Photographs, The Spices 17

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 all on in our quest to get from Lisbon to Saigon in 30 days!

The Damascus souk, also know as Al-Hamidiyah Souq, just inside the walled city is massive. Until you spend three or four hours walking around, you have no idea really how massive it is.

spices from damascus souk market

wishing this was Smell 'O Vision....

The Damascus souk stretches over what seems like miles and miles of streets and alleyways in the walled city. Normally tourists only get to see a small bit of it when they enter through one of the main gates, walk down the main, wide street towards Umayyad Mosque, and perhaps down the other main street of the souk that passes by the gold and spice merchants.

But if you wander around the tiny side alleyways and streets of the Damascus souk, you then start to understand not only its size, but also how many things are actually for sale inside. Here is the link to some of my short videos from walking around at night.

I took hundreds of pictures when I was there, so I’ve divided them out into two photo journal posts. This one consists of the spice and food shots I took, the other one is going to be of the rest. Enjoy and if you like it, I’d love if you shared it around on Facebook or Twitter or Google+ or any of the other little buttons I have strewn around here. Thanks.

nuts at the damascus souk market

all kinds of food stuffs for sale --- here, various nuts

candies for sale, damascus souk market

candies, anyone??

orange juice seller in damascus souk market

freshly squeezed orange juice, with a huge smile

spices in damascus souk market syria

more spices and smell-good stuff

dried fruits at damascus souk market in syria

dried fruits for sale in the Damascus Souk

spices in damascus souk in syria

cannot get enough of the spice shots here

non-colorful spices in damascus souk market

even the non-colorful spices look cool

potato chips in large bags at damascus souk

we interrupt the spices to bring you.... potato chips

colorful spices in souk in damascus

and now back to our regularly scheduled programming

stand up spice bags in damascus souk

ok, enough of this... you get the point


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

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