Photo Essay

Damascus

Al-Hamidyia

The narrow streets and the old-fashioned houses of the old city centre are so much suggestive that nobody can forget them. Being in Damascus is a sensorial experience. You can feel the smell of falafel and kebab in every corner, you can hear the sound of the muezzin, but also the terrible local music from the taxis, in every street, you can take a look, up on your head, and see the sky featured by the minarets of the mosques. Entering in the old city is such as a processional behaviour. You've to walk all along the covered souq (Al-Hamidiya), where often the globalization beats the tradition, but at the end of the alley you can't avoid to remain almost freeze whe you're in front of the Great Mosque and the few, but impressive, remains of the Iuppiter Damascenus Temple of roman era. Wandering during the night in these streets is a great experience too. You can choose from a great amount of restaurants (small, large, kitsch and more recently also fashion places) with traditional and international meals, but also places (often with plastic chairs close to the desk of the butcher and the smell of dead meat in the air) where you can eat a showarma (a typical middle eastern sandwich) drinking a cup of ayran (turkish and eastern beverage made chiefly of salt, water and yogurt) and talking to the syrian guy that is surely close to you. Then, at the end of the day, you'll want to come back in your damascene house, with their open courtyard with fountain, peaceful atmosphere and far away from the noise of traffic, cars and other modern people

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5 responses

  • Rocco Palermo

    Rocco Palermo said (22 Oct 2008):

    Many thanks Shannon! You' re right, one day I will print all of these.

  • Melissa Hearle

    Melissa Hearle gave props (23 Oct 2008):

    Got my vote ... love this set.

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    such a lovely photo essay. makes me miss damascus!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Oh yeah! Your essay rocks!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    yeah voted. Very nice.

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