Saturday, 14 April 2012

Memories of Syria

Today for Snapshot Saturday I'm sharing a few more of my pix from my Syria trip.  At a time when the country is being torn apart by clashes between the government and activists, it's important to remember Syria's long and illustrious role in the history of humanity.  (OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.)


This Roman-era auditorium had awesome acoustics.
When a couple of us went down, those who stayed high in the stands could still hear them clearly without them having to shout.

Our guide took us into the hills overlooking Damascus for a magical sight of the city in the evening. The green lights are the lights from mosques.


I found it interesting that signs depicting Hafez al-Assad and his son, Bashar al-Assad,  the present President, were everywhere.

These industrious girls were shelling peas in the restaurant near the entrance to Ugarit.


Snapshot Saturday is sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books! Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.

24 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing to realize that the ancients were able to build like that? Very nice pictures and, wow, a lot of peas. LOL

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  2. Such interesting shots of a place most of us won't see.

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  3. Eugenia, Again, thanks for showing us what a beautiful country this is and helping us to put a place with all the awful gunshots and explosions we hear on the radio. I hope the people living there can find peace. Here's Mine

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    1. I too hope they find peace and hope that Kofi Annan's considerable clout will keep the parties at the table to hammer out a long-lasting plan that will work, that will preserve lives and also preserve the wonderful historical sites.

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  4. That auditorium is so cool! Amazing that it's still in such good shape for being so old.

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  5. Oh I want to go and sit with that first picture. Fantastic!

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  6. Wonderfully special and historic memories are captured in these photos...and then, a touch of the ordinary, with the girls shelling peas. Love it!

    Thanks for sharing, and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT

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  7. What a trip! I have always wanted to visit the Middle East. A driving tour would be so wonderful ... I can imagine going off the beaten paths and finding such interesting historical spots, vistas, and small villages!

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    1. I had a wonderful time but only wish I'd known a lot more Arabic!

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  8. Such varied pics. You made my day!!!

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

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    1. Thanks! When you're from an island only about 21 sq miles, travel is a must!

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  9. Beautiful photos...I don't know much about this part of the world...sounds like I need to learn more! What kind of peas are those? They look very large and green?

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    1. I have no idea about the peas. I had a Moroccan Arabic phrase book (a leftover) but in Syria most people speak standard Arabic so one relied mostly on goodwill and a lot of smiling and pointing.

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  10. It's hard to watch the news after seeing the wonderful sites, and hoping they are not destroyed through all the turmoil.

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    1. That's exactly what I'm worrying about. Also, I'm concerned about what or rather who might come next because I really wouldn't want to see the kind of loss to posterity signified by extremists as happened with the Bamiyan statues.

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  11. Wonderful photos! It's such a shame the country is being torn apart. Hopefully peace will return soon.

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  12. It's so great that you had a chance to visit since it seems like it will be some time before we can safely visit there again.

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    1. Egypt was also on my list but I haven't gotten there yet so I'm really hoping all is well by the time I'm ready.

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  13. Those are great shots - I love the signs. I always come home with pictures of signs and graffiti; they tell you so much about a culture.

    Here's my snapshot.

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  14. It is always great to take photos of the different signs were traveling to foreign places. great photos

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  15. Terrific shots. With that first picture, I just imagine all the history -- all the reverberating things that took place there. Thank you for sharing these.

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  16. I would love to check out the acoustics in that auditorium. I'm curious about the veggies in that bowl, it looks like green olives, or something else that I've never seen in person before. Or is that peas as in chickpeas?

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  17. Nice to see photos of parts I've the world I haven't been to. That's an amazing view of the city. I could spend all day roaming around in ancient ruins.

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  18. Eugenia, I nominated you for a blog award for writers if you want to participate. Here's My Blog

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