I spent a lot of time wandering the Old City of Damascus, Syria, enjoying the hospitality, the food, the history and the lifestyle. Sadly, life was not so easy for many of Syria's people, and as I post this, we are witnessing the tragic results.
Aleppo, Syria. Evidence of habitation dates to about 8,000 years ago, but excavations at a site just north of Aleppo show the area was inhabited about 13,000 years ago...the oldest known human settlement in the world. Because of its location between the Mediterranean Sea and Mesopotamia — it was also the end of the Silk Road that passed through central Asia and Mesopotamia — Aleppo was at the center of the ancient world.