File Under Reasons I’m Jealous Of Londoners: Weekend Trips To Damascus


File Under Reasons Im Jealous Of Londoners: Weekend Trips To Damascus

Nothing frustrates me more than when I read about Londoners discussing simple weekend trips to such places as southern Spain, Morocco, or as is the case here, Damascus. (Why isn’t my my house in New York a few thousand miles closer to the European continent?)

Though perhaps a little tougher to explore a few years ago, what with the secret police and all, but “since the more West-leaning Bashar al-Assad came to power, though, things are changing fast.”

For some tips on what to cram in on your enviable weekend, check out this guide, with suggestions including the Umayyad Mosque (one of the world’s largest and oldest), and shopping at the Al-Hamidiyeh souk before ” tucking into fabulous meze, grilled meats (kebab kharaz, lamb in a sour- cherry sauce, is a speciality) and Lebanese wine (restaurants in the Christian quarter all serve alcohol)” at Naranj.


Published on November 04, 2009

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jonwick jonwick

    The more I see about the MiddleEast the more I want to get there. One of the comments on the article's website mentioned Americanization is starting to gather momentum in Syria. That tells me to get there NOW. See you there, Hal. And Matt, I sympathize- why isn't my house closer to (fill in the blank).

  • http://matadortrips.com/ Hal Amen

    Yes please! Damascus is VERY high on my list.