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Jul 16, 2010

I'm planning to go to Damascus in September. Any tips from members there about the place that might not be found in tha standard guidebooks?

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Some reading... Jul 16, 2010

Although not only about Damascus and very much more about the Arab tribes in the early 20th century and stories in and around Damascus, I'd say you might feel like reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence...

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To Tomas Jul 16, 2010

Actually, that's the work that first made me want to go there. Great book (though very very colonialist!)

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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I see! Jul 16, 2010

David Wright wrote:
Actually, that's the work that first made me want to go there. Great book (though very very colonialist!)

Indeed some things said 100 years ago can be puzzling under today's views. We should not however judge a book with the (quickly evolving) tint of today's views, but by how advanced (or not) its views were in its period. Have a nice trip!


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Ruth Braine  Identity Verified
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Great choice! Jul 18, 2010

Hi David

I'm currently living in Damascus - definitely a great choice for a trip! How long are you planning to stay, and do you intend to travel around Syria much? The guidebooks cover most of the obvious sights, but I'd be happy to recommend some hotels/bars/restaurants, if you let me know what kind of thing you're looking for. If your budget allows, I'd definitely recommend staying in one of the boutique hotels in the Old City - they are gorgeous and obviously a very different experience to staying in a normal bland hotel. Though book quickly - I've heard many are already booked through to end of October.

Maybe we can also meet for a drink while you're here, and I can give you the lowdown in person.

Best

Ruth


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