A Handbook for Travellers in Syria and Palestine Volume 1

A Handbook for Travellers in Syria and Palestine Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... exception of bread. Servants are scarce and bad, while their wages, at least to Franks, Ie very high. A man calling himself. in the centre of_ the old city. Its a cook gets from ll. to ll. 102. a month; and should he happen to know anything of the science, as the French would term it, he will demand double. Tailors and shoemakers are skilful enough in Arab habiliments, but they make a sad caricature of anything European. The Bazaars of Damascus have long been celebrated: and they are among the best in the East--no mongrel affairs like those of Cairo and Constantinople, but thoroughly Oriental. Long ranges of open stalls, on each side of narrow covered lanes, with a bearded, turbaned, robed figure squatting in the corner of each as composedly as if he had been placed there for show, like the piles of silks that rise up on each side of him. How these men can sit on their heels during the long day, on a spot not more than 18 in. square, is of course a mystery to stifl -legged Europeans. Each trade has its own quarter or section in the immense network of bazaars, and thus we run in succession through the Mercers Bazaar, the Tailors Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, the Tobacco Bazaar, the Shoe Bazaar, the Silversmiths' Bazaar, the Clog Bazaar, the Book Bazaar, the Saddlers Bazaar, and the Old Clo Bazaar--turbaned heads and long-robed figures in them all. All the costumes of Asia are here, pushing along the crowded thoroughfares, struggling with panniered donkeys and strings of mules and camels. We see costumes of every fantastic form that tailors could invent, many gaudy and gorgeous as an open sunflower; but the only real wonder" among them all is an orthodox English hat. Everything else passes...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620046
  • 9781236620040