Damascus without a hat
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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Al Saada hotel
There was also the impossibility of buying any kind of hat - Bevan left his last one on a bus and won't be persuaded to buy a lovely tea towel instead.
The huge Umayyad mosque (previously a stone Cathedral) was intriguing. The gold mosaic covered courtyard was full of families picnicking, the prayer hall silent with people kneeling (or sleeping) and the shrine packed with a jostling, surging mass of weeping Iranian pilgrims
Iranian mosque was even crazier, a combination of trippy mirror mosaics and Iranian pilgrims, wailing, weeping and elbowing each other aside.
We also caught a bus out to the city of Bosra, where ancient Roman black stone ruis blend slowly into suburbia as current residents have taken over the stone buildings to live in. The centrepiece is a grand theatre complete with moat - a problem with gatecrashers? no, it was later turned into a castle fortification.