Random Shopping Pictures From Our Middle East Vacation

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Middle Eastern markets are amazing.  Imagine yourself walking through ancient city streets lined with shops and open-air markets selling anything you can imagine, and the scent of jasmine and spices wafting through the air.  You’re sipping metteh (an herbal tea) or maybe snacking on roasted nuts.  You pass a couple of elderly gentlemen who are laughing while playing a game of cards and smoking a hookah, which smells beautifully of apple and licorice.  You stop, look around, and inhale deeply, taking in as much as you can and trying to freeze this moment before it slips by.  (Have I mentioned I love Middle Eastern markets?  :) )

I took most of these photos in Old Damascus, walking from Bab Sharqi (the eastern gate) towards Souk al Hamidiyah, and a few of the pictures were taken inside the Souk.  If you’re ever in Damascus and are in the mood to treasure hunt, I highly recommend walking this strip.  It’s a bit pricier than other places, but haggling is generally an accepted practice; not to mention that you get what you pay for, and this stuff is the real deal.  Plus you never know what you’ll find…some of it is gorgeous, most of it is old (or really old!), and all of it is unique.  As Mike can attest to, I could literally spend days here…

I’m in love with the striped, burgundy-colored shawl on the top, second from the left!

One night Mike went on a sweet shop sightseeing tour through Old Damascus and one of the surrounding neighborhoods called Midan (which is world-renowned for its sweets!).  He was kind enough to take pictures of some of the really gorgeous shops.  Thank you for the pictures, baby!

Just look at that breathtaking ceiling (above)…

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  1. says

    How lovely, Faith! The fabrics are divine and I hope you didn’t resist! I would have come home with a suitcase full of scarves. :)
    And what patience to pile those little pastries! I was amazed.
    Lovely photos and I’m so glad you got to see it, which means we can visit it with you via your memories and photos.

  2. says

    I love the fabrics the most. I’m a sucker for stuff like that. Jason went to Japan a few years back and got me a beautiful piece of fabric which I promptly had framed!

  3. says

    My Goodness! I can see your fascination completely. I am especially drawn to the images of the carpets and various ceramics. I would be there for hours, too! The treats at the end would be a great way to revive yourself for more shopping. Did you purchase the scarf that you mention?

  4. says

    Ahaa! I wish I could grab everything and use it for taking pictures.In that case I ll have to buy a new house too :)So colorful & unique looking things.

  5. says

    Faith, the pictures are awesome, so much to see…love them all and thank you so much for sharing the them…did you bring a lot of things home? Have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  6. says

    I love markets. Much better than high-end shopping streets. I would love to travel to the Middle East someday. I had a wonderful time when I was in Turkey last year. So much culture and history in this part of the world. Your photos are amazing!

  7. says

    What lovely pictures. It took me back to my trip to the Middle East in 2009. I’m sorry I have been so absent these past few weeks. It has been so good to return to you and your lovely blog! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  8. says

    Absolutely extraordinary! And Mike’s pictures are great too (that was so nice of him! We are so blessed to have husbands willing to help us with photos), but I can’t believe you didn’t join him on that tour! There’s not much that could keep me away from a sweets tour–LOL!

  9. says

    All I could think about while viewing all these gorgeous pictures was, “wow. Look at all those beautiful colours and patterns. The shawl you were eyeing was gorgeous, Faith.Thank you to the both of you for sharing all these photos. Mike is a sweetie for taking pics for you.

  10. says

    OMG Faith…., no wonder you love middle eastern markets. The colours are stunning, the products are fabulous. Love hearing (seeing) it all through your eyes (lenses)

  11. says

    That shop is unbelievable!!!!! So beautiful. I love the markets – every artifact seems like it has such a rich history behind it. So much to appreciate and not enough time =)

  12. says

    I love seeing all these photos, I’m living vicariously through you because I’m not sure that I will ever see this part of the world. It is certainly fascinating;-) Didn’t you want to bring everything home???

  13. says

    What beautiful treasures…I am especially in love with that gorgeous blue door!

    Priyanka is right…these photos remind me a lot of Indian markets!

  14. says

    first time on your blog and I am filled with envy – love the pics! looks like you had loads of fun! Cannot wait to explore that part of the world – have a 2 yr old who needs to grow up before our next big travel – I think i will enjoy visiting your blog – please do take the time to visit mine and always appreciate one more follower :) see you soon, cheers, priya

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  15. says

    Hi Faith,
    Thanks for dropping by :P, You have a lovely blog and some awesome pictures…
    Middle East is def. a shoppers Heaven!Glad you had a great holiday.
    Hope to see you around :P

  16. says

    Faith, what did you bring home for me? Each item is more beautiful than the one before. I hope you were able to bring home some of these for yourself.

    These photos are stupendous.

  17. says

    What a treasure trove! I could spend days there and I’d want to send boxes full of stuff home! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  18. says

    Woaw! These are gorgeous pics and I totally share your enthusiam for Middle-Eastern “souq”! (well, actually my enthusiasm is for Middle-East itself ;-))
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I am very happy to discover yours and will surely come back often!
    Ma’a al-salaama :-)

  19. says

    Thanks for taking us on a trip to Old Damascus, Faith. I spotted a whole bunch of stuff I would have hauled home. ;-) Those sweet shops are extraordinary!! They remind me of Istanbul. Great post!

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