As we wandered through the Al-Hamidiyah Souq, which is the largest souk in Syria, located inside the old walled city of Damascus next to the Citadel we were amazed by the variety of stalls. From every day’s needs, tourist items sexy lingére and my favourite, Bakdash. Bakdash is an ice cream parlor in Damascus, Syria. This shop was established around 1885 in Al-Hamidiyah Souq in the old city of Damascus. It is famous for its pistachio-covered Booza, a pounded ice cream with an elastic texture made of mastic and sahlab. It is famous around the Arab World and has become a popular tourist attraction. I can personally gurantee that this ice cream is superb. The souq, which is 442 metres long,starts at Al-Thawra street and ends at the Umayyad Mosque plaza.
The situation in Syria really saddens me as all the people that we met on our journey must be going through a horrendous time. Their lives have been in turmoil for over two years, many have lost loved ones, some of their businesses have been closed down – for what? Whilst many feel that the Arab Spring has given freedom to the people, but looking closely, are they better off now? Don’t get me wrong, I am strongly against corrupt dictators, who live lavish lives while many of their countrymen live in poverty. I have enjoyed travelling through the countries that were affected by the Arab Spring. The people were generally very friendly and helpful and we had wonderful experiences in these countries. Yes, we met some people who told us how hard life was, work was difficult to get and so on. But having to live two years in a country at war must be unbearable and all I can hope is that the people we befriended are safe and well.
Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens at 12mm on 30th April 2008