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36 Hours in Damascus

December 16th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Travel

A while ago I posted a link to the New York Times photostory on a weekend Damascus, it seems there was more than I found first time round.

Unlike most travel stories about Syria, Seth Sherwood has clearly got under the skin of Damascus, and provides some useful nuggets even for those of us who know and love the Syrian capital.

He picks out Naranj as the best restaurant in town (correct!) and visits the beautiful, year-old, Khan, behind Villa Moda. Cham Mahal Art Cafe and Grape Leaves are also on his list. And he finds cherry kebab at Luluat Ash-Sharq (never heard of it!).

And for nightlife, as well as the staple Z-Bar, he heads up the hill to the Dome.

This man has the insight of someone who’s lived in Damascus for a while, but in reality Seth was only in town for a couple of days. Impressive.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Wreford // Dec 16, 2010 at 5.09 pm

    Luluat Ash-Sharq is in Jsr al aAbayad, its a fancy looking pink villa that I think used to be a fashionable clothes shop-

  • 2 Jillian C. York // Dec 17, 2010 at 7.38 pm

    Sherwood? Man, just hope his writing on Damascus is better than his writing on Morocco…

  • 3 Sasa // Dec 18, 2010 at 1.59 am

    Uh oh, we don’t like him? Haha. You know how critical I am of travel writing, and especially travel writing about Damascus, but Sherwood has done a fantastic job with this piece…go have a look.

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