Damascene

Damascus, Syria, Nov 2005:  Damascene refers to someone from Damascus- (alternatively it could be read as ‘Damascus Scenes’)- hence the title of this video. I was fortunate enough to visit Damascus in a relative time of peace- but in a matter of years the country would be torn apart, into a war  that does not seem […]

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The Hejaz Railway – part 1

Syria, November 2005:  When I learnt that the Hejaz Railway was actually still operational, I knew I had to ride it. I’d always admired David Lean’s classic 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia”-and to actually ride the rails that T.E.Lawrence and his band of Arab rebels had so successfully attacked and destroyed- well it just had to […]

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Damascus

Damascus, Syria, November 2005:  With the escalating crisis in Syria and it’s spiral into civil war, it’s about time I posted some more images from Syria in 2005… Of the seven countries I visited in my late 2005 Athens to Cairo overland trip- over half are now going through dramatic changes… Lebanon was once again […]

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Umayyad

Damascus, Syria, 2005: The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus is one of the oldest and largest mosques in the world… it’s also known as the fourth holiest site in Islam… Canon EOS 55/17-35

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Damas2

Damascus, Syria, 2005: This dapper young man and his sidekick were quite okay to pose for a photo… Canon EOS D30/Sigma 17-35

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