Syria

Damascus, Syria

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Maya

Many faces of a troubled land

A land of time, of myth, of warmth, of callousness and of the power hungry – Syria is a land of spirit. As Maya Irvine, a Syrian friend now living in Abu Dhabi, told Daisy Dumas, "it will survive". I spoke to her about her memories of a childhood in Syria.

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Maya

A love letter to the old Syria

In a corner of the old city of Damascus, along the street called Straight and beyond the Bab Sharki's backgammon set hawkers, lies a convent.

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Carnival Sao Paulo

Top 10 countries to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011.

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A Syrian worker prepares sweets a week before the holiest days of the Muslim calendar

In the footsteps of ancients

The well-preserved remains of Byzantine-era villages and monastic settlements contain a wealth of artefacts from long-dead cultures.

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