Syria’s Silk Road (UAE National)

Feature on the Silk Road in Syria in the United Arab Emirates English language paper, The National (published 31 October 2009).

 

Syria - Great Umayyad Mosque Damascusweb

Great Umayyad Mosque, Damascus © Gail Simmons

 

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8 thoughts on “Syria’s Silk Road (UAE National)

  1. Hello, Thought you might be interested in this article, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8321220.stm, beautiful pictures of Syria.

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog, I tried by hand a bit of travel writing when I was in the middle east, commenting on Lebanon and Syria so far. If you have a chance it would be great if you could check it out and let me know what you think of it. Would really like to get some feedback from other travel writers.

    Anyway thank you, and now i am going to get back to reading the rest of your blog!

    http://uncoveringthelevant.wordpress.com

  2. Thanks for your comment. The photographer of those images on the BBC website was actually on the same trip as me in Syria.

    Good luck with the tavel writing – the best thing to do is send your writing off to some of the travel editors for feedback as they know better than I do what they are looking for!

  3. Found you via your piece in the Daily Telegraph about Aleppo – enjoyed it so much that I raced over to your blog, and am glad to have found it: interesting and enlightening. Thank you, Gail.

  4. I have wanted to visit Syria for years; a sentiment strengthened further after I found a a wonderful book in a second hand book shop called “Syrian Harvest” by Edwyn Hole. Published in 1956, he was an English diplomat who lived in Syria in the 1920’s. He obviously loved the country and the people, and as a classicist he brilliantly intertwines the story the (as it was then) of modern country with its rich history.
    Please can you give me some insights about what to do that I might not find in a regular tourist guide? I was reading your article in the Telegraph this evening and rushed off to cut it out before I had even finished it. The Hammam sounds magnificent by the way!
    Thank you

    • Well, there is so much to see in Syria you really can’t go wrong! I suggest you look at the Bradt Guide – the best guidebook I’ve found on Syria which was written by someone who has lived there many years and knows the country much better than I do! Then you can decide what most appeals to you. You certainly shouldn’t miss the key sites as described in my article on the Silk Road (further down the home page of this website) but try to go off the beaten track too to visit the lesser known sites. And, most importantly, try to meet the people – they really are amongst the friendliest and most hospitable I’ve met anywhere. If someone invites you to their home, accept. You will get an insight on how real Syrians live, and be treated very well.

      I also suggest you contact the Damascus tour operator Trans Asia and ask them to put together an itinearary for you. They can organise accommodation, and provide a car and driver. It’s the best way to see Syria independently.

      Good luck with your travels!

  5. greetings from Athens, Greece! I have read your article on Aleppo, and tried to post a comment there without luck
    in any case, congratulations, your article on Aleppo was excellent and I am now “packing my bags”!
    kindly let me know of what you consider additional gastronomic highlights!
    best regards

  6. Sorry – had comments disabled on that post in error – I have now changed this. Well, you can’t really go wrong in Aleppo, as long as you follow the principle that applies anywhere else in the world, which is find out where the local people eat, and go there! Good luck, and let me know how you get along in your travels. Gail

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