2011-05-20It's about three in the morning and yet again the car alarm has been set off. It is a serenade of alternating police and emergency sirens and rhythmic honking. It is the fourth time since I went to bed a few hours ago. A couple of minutes later, the neighbor shows mercy by … Continue Reading ››
Aleppo is a cultural patchwork. Muslims and Christians, Armenians and Assyrians, Arabs and foreigners coexist there in peace. You can meet a cart pulled by a donkey and then a luxury car within a few meters. The modern and the traditional are face to face in this extraordinary city.
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2006-06-04North-west of Aleppo in the Afrin Valley is Ain Dara. A deserted ruin, far from the tourist swarms, on a hill overlooking the Afrin river and the olive trees. The small temple is guarded by black lions. Lion have a long tradition of power in Syria. The temple dates back to the end … Continue Reading ››
2010-12-18Syrians, like the selection pictured aside, are a friendly bunch and you should consider trying to meet some when you travel in the Middle East. The good thing is that they are not difficult to spot and will most likely find you anyway. I suggest you hitch a lift on one of the … Continue Reading ››