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Old October 28th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #21
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Bint Al Deek Restaurant in Daraa with family.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 05:12 AM   #23
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Breakfast. Beats my usuall breakfast of medium coffee, bagel, and 2 cigarettes.
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Dhaka Megacity......

"Wonderful photos of a very old city, one of the very earliest of cities in the world in fact.

Why do you mention American products? Does Syria lack Japanese, German, Korean, Iranian, Arab, Russian, etc products?

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Old October 28th, 2008, 05:14 AM   #25
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Skyprince..........

"one of the greatest threads in SSC

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Those are damn superb images of Dimashq even the first posts of mountain view and Damascus airport are appealing enough to make everybody here to visit Syria. And with those excellent Syrian food pics that makes everybody feelin crazily hungry I think you can even open another thread in Travel & Geography . As you know I hate to see many of the threads here with plain cityscape pics which can be easily found if I google in Yahoo or Google Images but what you did was the exact opposite so Kudos to you and your brilliant pics !


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The United States has always had an embargo on Syria being that it was part of the "axis of evil". It was just recently in the past couple of years that people started seeing American products such as pepsi, coke, car dealerships(Ford, Chevy, etc).
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Skyprince......

"as a frequent visitor to Middle East ( I just returned from fantastic trip to Yemen; i've also visited Oman, UAE & Egypt ) I have few questions about Syria/Damascus

1) Where did you stay there ? Can you find cheap hotels below $ 15 a night ?

2) The Syrian food- are mostly dry or wet ? Food in Southern Arabia ( Oman, UAE & South Yemen ) are mostly wet with delicious curries and soups, while in Egypt & North Yemen the food is too dry without sauce or soups so they are rather bland.

3) Is it easy to move around in Damascus by public transport ? If you have tried Is it easy to use minibuses and shared taxi there ? I really love this system when I was in Yemen - moving around was extremely easy in Yemen as you can hail any vehicles to get to all directions. So how is it in Syria .



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1.) I have family there so I stayed with them in Daraa city(~1 hour south of Damascus). But We did spend several nights in Damascus on a couple of occasions. There are not many Hotels in Damascus, to name a few of the 5 star hotels(Sheraton, Le Meridien, Cham Palace, Four Seasons Hotel, Samiranis) I think I named them all lol. They charge more than what you would pay at the Sheraton in Times Square in NYC. The rest of the hotels are small hotels that aren't rated. I do not know if you can get away with $15/night though, might be a bit more, Syria is not that cheap anymore!. What we did, a taxi driver told us about a real estate office(there are many in Damascus) and we ended up renting an apartment. Very spacious 2 bedroom in a descent neighborhood for $100 a night.

2.) Syrian food is always a mix of both dry and wet foods. The best of both worlds, that's one thing people love about Syria is the food.

3.) Damascus has more taxis than NYC. Too many, and extremly cheap but gotta becareful for the ones that charge more, make sure they have the meter running and if they lie and say it's not working, get out and hail another one or tell a policeman and they hate taxis and will issue a ticket. But honeslty at times(rush hour) it can be difficult to get a taxi because they get full but it's only during rush hour after work. There are also a lot of modern buses with plenty of bus stops that will tell you which buses stop here and its destination. But as far as driving in the city, don't even think about it if you are planning on living. You think NYC taxi drivers are nuts, think again.
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Weigh yourself scale on the street outside near old Damascus.
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Restaurant on Mount Qassioun.
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Library(I think this is the biggest one in Damascus) very nice structure and lots of authors go there to showcase their books.
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Hospital.
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Mobile phone company ad. (Syriatel)(MTN has the most customers i think)
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China town Damascus? I saw many chinese stores in this area.
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