Day 6: Aleppo
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A day to wind down a bit. Today is Tuesday and on Tuesday most museums and sights are closed. Tuesday in this country is a bit like Friday, which means it is like a Sunday, see?
We spent half the day just wandering around town, bought train tickets for our onwards journey to Latakkia in two days time, had our laundry done, checked up on e-mails and spent a couple of hours strolling through the souq of Aleppo.
The souq is a terrific authentic shopping area, where the local people still do their dayly shopping, unlike the souq in Damascus, which is must more touristic. True, the Aleppo souq sees its fair share of tourists as well, and we were regularly approached in our own language and several shop owners proudly showed us a picture of our Queen Beatrix (a lot of shop owners in Aleppo are Kurds, many of whom have lived in Holland at some point in their lives).
Besides the old historic centre there was also a ‘new’ historic centre, Al-Jdeida which is a predominantely Christian community with remarkably well-preserved houses and churches. Sure, there are cars in the streets now, instead of donkey carts, and the shops no longer solely sell handicrafts, but also plastic toys and the likes. But the tiny streets with overhanging balconies are all beautifully restored making it the best looking part of Aleppo, and a great area to stroll around for a couple of hours.
There were also 5 churches in this area, which was a nice change from the 200+ mosques in the city.