So Nadia tagged me for the following:
The McCains own 13 cars, eight homes and have access to a corporate jet. If you were as insanely rich as them, where wouldyour eight homes be and why?
The only rule is: The homes must be within the borders of the country you live in, so as to utterly emulate the McCains.
When you’re done, tag 8 people, so that they may join in the self-indulgence, forgetting about the crappy property market and the equivalent of The End of Pompeii on Wall-Street. You could spend your time hammering your doors and windows shut in preparation for the Apocalypse, but this meme is so much more fun!
Had she not specified Souvenirsandscars – SYRIA, I would have gone with Canada, or screwed the rules and done a my own multi-country thing. But she did, and so I don’t disappoint, here I go… (as a forewarning, Syria’s pretty much tiny so if all my places look alike.. remember: I tried!)
#1) Old Damascus. As you’ve all probably noticed by now, I am insanely in love with the Old City. Right behind the Ummayyed Mosque would be nice, thanks! K, the second picture is currently the Azem Palace (Bone Palace) where they have a bunch of freaky mannequins enacting scenes from the past (like a glass blower!!) with a ton of gorgeous old furniture. The mannequins and the name have to go I’m sorry, but I’m cool with the furniture!! Oh, and the visits would have to stop..
2) Beautiful isn’t it? This, this is Kasab. I love this place! It’s high in the mountains, between Turkey and Syria and the air you breath there? After all the smut we breath daily, its purity burns your lungs!! I want a nice, cozy cottage in the Mts, over looking the stunning beach.
3) Yes, it does snow in Syria! In one place in particular – the Zabadani. Beautiful greenery in the summer, perfect for skiing in the winter. So I’ll need a nice, cozy cottage with an operating gondola, so I can snowboard/ski my winters away. Oh, and a fireplace, and an unlimited supply of hot chocolate.
4) Bosra. The capital of the Roman Empire back in the days. I think spending a few months a year here would make quite the statement 😉
5) Ras Al Baseet. Like its name, Peak of the Simple, suggests this area puts some laid back r&r in mind. Even though it’s really close to Kasab, that one is all hiking and skiing. This on the other hand… a cool glass of lemonade and a good book.
6) Here’s Syria’s one and only mall. This is a tiny, tiny pic, which somehow makes it seem better and bigger than it really is :/. Anyways, your girl loves to shop, so a nice apartment across the street would be good. You know, to have a little breather so I don’t drop dead from shopping (that last line is laced with sarcasm; the damn thing is so tiny and expensive!!) But I guess if I can afford eight houses, I can afford to shop practically anywhere.. but for Syria, this is ‘high end.’
7) The Waterwheels of Hama. I don’t know how this is going to work out exactly, but they’re just so pretty! I need a small (yea.. riiiight) cottage thing near them.
8 ) Although seriously overshadowed by the magnificent Citadel of Aleppo, Saladin’s (or Salah Al Deen) Citadel is still breathtaking. The state it’s currently in is beyond grievous but, hey, I can do a little restoration in my free time. And in the mean time, maybe the spirit of Saladin will rub off on me 🙂
That went by so quickly!! And I have so much more to add. I still haven’t gotten to Slenfeh, Homs, Daratiyeh… or any of the new places in Syria. Hope you enjoyed!!
And it’s an open ended tag since this has been going on for quite some time and most of you have done it! Enjoy =D