Monday, October 31, 2005

Greetings From Aleppo To Syrian Bloggers

كل عام وانتم بخير ، عيد سعيد

bread aleppo old streets

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Thanks For All Commentators In Advance

Syria is full of history, and I love the historic sites, and love also going to these spots. All pictures in my post are mine. My not-so-smart digital camera helps to produce this blog. Thanks in advance for who comments. I would be happy if my blog frees you from daily routine and makes a smile on your face.

Aleppo Museum Front

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Kids Syrian

These kids I met them while playing outdoors at aleppo old streets. They asked me to photograph them. I was happy to take a shot of them, as they show syrian faces. Nearby, they asked me to photograph the pigeons. I suddenly remembered that bird flu nowadays is a matter often discussed and warned, so I gave them a little lesson about hygene. Fortunately one of them said that they know it, they don't touch them, and I added that after each playing in the street, you have to wash your hands by soap and water.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Aleppo, Jamiliye Streets

Jamiliye quarter, Aleppo
One of the oldest streets in Aleppo, contains the railway stations
offices, the rails, aleppo post office, and many other governmental
In one of the side-slopes of the railway you see a reproduction of the old locomotive, which was used in 40-ies. I remember it was being used till seventies. Because Jamiliye is full of offices, trade centers, computer dealers, big food shops, there is hardly space to park your car. Beside those you see the contrast of poor and rich. As in one of my pics, the fruit and veggie sellers' carts, are being seen in the pics.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Aleppo Old Streets

This is the syriac quarter, called by local spelling siria~n quarter. Old homes, but cooler in summer, and more comfortable for living.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Football, Syrian Youngs

Sometimes it is fun to play without shoes. Although it can hurt your soles, but it helps you to have stronger soles, stronger character! In England, physicians discovered that too much clean and careful feet, not stepping on anything hard, may make you weak. The contemporary medicine recommends to walk on grass for your feet health.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Monday, October 03, 2005

Syria. Lattakia. Ugarit Ruins

Unlike the excavation sites of the resembling Mari and Ebla, Ugarit was built with stone not with mud-bricks. Which is why most of the ruins are quite evident.

The site itself is a large tell or hill of accumulated ruins from past kingdoms, and in some parts of the tell it has been excavated far enough to excavate the artifacts of the 7th Millennium BC. The main entrance is through a ticket office on the West side of the site. To the south are remains of the fortress and the walls and gate that used to protect the main palace complex. The walls and fortress belong to the 15th century BC after the city's redevelopment.

The main palace dates back to the 14th to 13th century BC. There are two pillars on both sides of the entrance. Through the entrance between the pillars is a courtyard sort of reception area which opens up into the rest of the palace. On the left of this courtyard are a few rooms that where the important archives were found. Also evident in the courtyard are the water canals that would send the water around the building. Further on are the 90 rooms situated in a maze like structure covering an area of approximately 6500 sq. meters.

Although this is all on the first floor level, this layout of rooms were buildings of several stories high. The stonework was usually mixed with wooden work. This palace is where the ruling family or dynasty used to live, and it is possible to imagine the importance of this palace's role, which was quite self dependant even having the facilities for baking the archive tablets. In some of the rooms you can often see staircases which used to lead to the upper floors.

On both the north and south sides of the main palace is what are called subsidiary palaces. There are also a few resident houses with a shrine, and the Governor's residence, which is older as it was not rebuilt after the 14th century BC. East of the main palace is the residential area. There is a large building in this quarter which is called the House of Rupanu. Further up the tell is the main temple area. There are two temples on this acropolis, one dedicated to the worship of the Semitic patron deity Baal, and the other to Dagon.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The East Mediterranean Coast. Lattakia, Syria

The seashore of Lattakia. It is mostly sandy shore, without much waves, you see nearby the Meridien of Lattakia, a big sea-resort.

This is the kornish of Cote d'Azure of Lattakia. This area is notable for its busy street at sunset. There are every necessaries, food, swimwear, games, restaurant "Pizza Prime", and the tandems of two seat bicycles. There are also one with 5 people's tandems, i.e. 5 people to coordinate their movements to ride that bicycle!!

The picture is at the way just near to Cote d'Azure of Lattakia,
taken after rain.

Do you want to drink a cup of juice in this small cafe?
Lattakia, Syria. Near Ugarit ruins, the ancient phoenician city.

The bar of the Italian restaurant.