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Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #7 – Damascus

#7 – Damascus, Syria (population estimated 1.8 million) I visited Damascus in 2009, two years before civil war broke out. As a government stronghold, the main city has seen relatively little damage compared to the territories that were held by ‘rebel factions’ or ISIS. We travelled by bus from the Roman ruins at Palmyra and […]

Elephant, Elephant Village, Luang Prabang, Laos

My Favourite Travel Photos – 6 to 10

Continuing my favourite travel photos with my second favourite batch of five. The Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos In all my travels I have never seen a sunset as lovely as the one in Luang Prabang. On both my 2010 & 2015 visits I lingered for over and hour at a time to capture the […]

Syrian Father, Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Sunday Photo – Father’s Day

Syria For Father’s Day I have chosen some pictures of Syrian dads with their children taken in May 2011. I always wonder how they have fared since………… Please donate a little currency to the UNICEF Syrian Children Appeal if you have some to spare.

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – D for Damascus

The capital was to be the last port of call on our magical Syrian tour in 2009. Damascus vies with Aleppo as being the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, both having a history of over 6,000 years. Like its Northern neighbour (see my entry for A), Damascus is stuffed with highlights. Umayyad Mosque […]

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

Wordless Wednesday – Ummayad Mosque, Damascus

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #7 – Damascus

#7 – Damascus, Syria (population estimated 1.8 million) I visited Damascus in 2009, two years before civil war broke out. As a government stronghold, the main city has seen relatively little damage compared to the territories that were held by ‘rebel factions’ or ISIS. I have documented my love of Syria many times on this […]

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

Monday Morning Blues #16 – Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Every working Monday me and a few of my Twitter pals (@wilburstravels) post a picture on Monday morning aimed at beating those Monday morning blues. Why not join in and spread the word? Post a picture from a wonderful place that features the colour blue. My choice today is of the fabulous mosque in the […]

Syria Before The Conflict Part Six, Damascus

The capital was to be our last port of call on our magical Syrian tour. The bus from Palmyra was packed, so we took the only available seats right at the back on the left hand side. Before long a soldier was leaning on Hamish’s shoulder fast asleep! We stopped half way for a foodstop. […]

Ancient Aleppo

Aleppo has the status of my favourite city ever visited and as the metropolis that vies with Damascus as the world’s oldest continually occupied settlement of significant size, I have convinced myself that it will rise again from the devastation caused by the civil war that has raged since 2011. With the attention of the […]

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

It is not very often that the beauty of a building brings tears to my eyes, but a rare such occurrence happened to me when visiting the main mosque in Damascus, which has stood since 715 and is considered by many Muslims to be the 4th holiest place in Islam. During the daytime the Umayyad Mosque was […]