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The Road to Aleppo

Author: Posted on: August 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm

On the approach to the ancient city of Aleppo in Syria, if like you, your car overheats and stops on the road don’t fret. There is always a willing local or a fellow traveller who is keen to lend a hand.

Or his car.

With the nearest petrol station only a few of kilometres away, the solution was simple. Put the overheated car in neutral gear and let the car behind push you on the highway.

Car Towing in Aleppo

Of course, this game of gentle dodgem cars had its repercussions. Once at the petrol station, it was not possible to disengage the cars that had decided to mate amorously. The big black Buick got very hot under the collar and impassioned our BMW in its grip. It took four grown men and a lot of pushing to prise the love struck cars apart.

Car love in Aleppo

The photographs were taken at the ornate service station while their drivers huddled in the shade and smoked a cigar on their behalf.
Petrol station near Aleppo


Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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The Road to Aleppo was last modified: May 4th, 2014 by Corinne

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3 Comments to “The Road to Aleppo”

  1. Jen Laceda says:

    I want to see Aleppo!!! I’ve never been to Syria, but I am just dying to go!

    • Gourmantic says:

      Jen - It is a magnificent place to visit in terms of culture, food and history. I have much to tell. This was just a little teaser!

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