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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Northern Iraq, Anyone?

If your list of must-see locales in 2012 includes the archaeological sites and exquisite scenery of northern Iraq, you’re in luck. 5 new properties are set to open in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan in the next year, including two Marriott lodgings and a Hilton. Having broken ties with Saddam Hussein after the first Persian Gulf War in 1991, Erbil was spared the fighting of 2003 onward. Visit the Museum of Civilization to understand the city’s ancient past, then take a short taxi ride over to Shaklawa Road to see a recreation of Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque. Nearby is Bakery and More, a Lebanese-owned bakery known for their Arabic sweets. Any of the shwarma joints in town is a good place to meet the locals, which now total over a million. 


Posted by Steve Jermanok on 12/20/11 at 03:00 PM
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Beleive it or not Iraq and Erbil are on my list of places to see. I just wonder who to contact about setting up a trip.

Picture of fran Folsom Comment by fran Folsom
on 12/21/11 at 01:12 AM

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