Monday, January 31, 2011

first escapism


It would be so nice drinking a glass of hot milk and bread at the corner of a street in Damascus in early morning. What a refreshing day to start. I wish I can come back to that place one day. A city which has its own history and uniqueness that are so much to tell.

syrian arab man who sells milk and bread every morning

Bosra,Roman Amphitheathre
Bosra is a major archaeological site, containing ruins from Roman, Byzantine, and Muslim times, its main feature being the well preserved Roman theatre.

the theatre that can seat up 15000 people

Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also ever stepped in this area when he was young, following his uncle regarding to business but they were asked to go back by a padre because he felt that something bad will happen if they stayed. 

Although Bosra now is a historical place, still there are families living around the ancient rocks and walls.a thing that amazed me the most. while people are looking for a castle like house, Bosra residents chose to live in a very modest way!

one of the ancient mosque that still be used

Jazirat Arwad (Arwad Island),Tartous
to Arwad Island
It suprised me when we will head  to island that day. and i just realised that i really love boat riding because i can breath fresh sea air and enjoyed the wonderful scenery of Allah's creation.

after all this time for not eating fresh fish

The main point we went there was to visit Qal'ah Arwad (Arwad Castle), but unlucky for us since it was closed. This island once being a place for Phoenicians who used it as a secure port for their eastern Mediterranean trading routes.The Romans and Crusaders who then used that island for their benefits in security.

Khalid Al-Walid Mosque,Homs
 "Sebaik-baik hamba Allah dan saudara dalam satu suku iaitu Khalid b Al-Walid, Saifullah, yang pedangnya akan dihayunkan kepada orang-orang kafir dan munafik"

Nawa'ir Hama (Norias of Hama)
one of the nawa'ir

Norias of Hama is the biggest and oldest waterwheel in the world. Originally, there were over 30 norias.But now, only 17 norias left and no longer used.The biggest one is Nawa'ir al-Mohammadiya.

Old city of Damascus
There are countless grave of muslims here,including Prophet Muhammad families and his comrades, ahlul bait and many more.
Memorial of Salahuddin Al-Ayubi
picture taken by aishah hanim

Damascus is the place where the a great warrior, Salahuddin Al-Ayubi continued his studied.After that, he successfully bring up the triumph in Perang Salib.Whilst he is a warrior, he also very kind and loving.This is shown after the war had finished, he did not punished or killed any of the christian. His shrine is at the back of Umayyad Mosque.

Umayyad Mosque
picture taken by aishah hanim

This mosque has unique decoration because previously it was conquered by christian and was used as church and finally being renovated into mosque after muslims took it, it's functional for praying and also open for visitors.

Souq Hamidi, Syria's shopping spot
picture taken by siti nurbaya

I'm not really sure the number of shops at souq hamidi but i like the waffle and ice-cream shop instead of souveniers and clothes shops there :) come and try them when you get here! wajib:D

Souq Halawiyyaat

Halawiyyat is a kind of food that has sweet taste. Jordan also has this kind of food but not as much as in Syria. By the way, i don't like halawiyaat since i can't stand the over sweet taste.They might look good, but it can destroy your sweet tooth if you eat them overdose. pesanan bakal doktor gigi:P

varieties of halawiyyaat

Since we got there in late evening, we missed to visit  maqam arbaien (on the top of the hill) because it was closed.It was tiring after climbed 600 rungs in order to get there.Supposedly it has 800 rungs but we skipped 200 rungs by riding tut tut that was more challenging than riding a roller coaster. no safety belt provided but alhamdulillah we were safely arrived.

 view of Damascus city from the the top

We stayed at Bludan for one night to see snow the next day and it was enough for us to stay longer than one was because the house just have a few heater,we were definitely freezing at that night.the snow wasn't thick and just left a few since winter will end soon.

playing snow for the first time.hoosh hoosh:D
picture taken by siti nurbaya

no regrets in Syria:)
till then, wassalam.

p/s: This post is lack of fact that related to the places i for further and truer information, u can just ask mr. google or either find related books yeah;) 

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