Sunday, January 05, 2014


I could not find a better way to start off the New Year but recalling my visit to Aleppo, a city  meanwhile destroyed by religious fanaticism and political interests.


Did you know that the said to be the first evidence of production of soap-like materials dates back circa the year 2 800 BC??? It was located in Babylon. From there, the soap spread through the Mediterranean world on boats loaded from Damascus, Aleppo and Phoenician cities sitting on the coastal area (Lebanon).

I did find in Sidon a small production factory which sells olive oil soap cakes from Aleppo. They show exquisite shapes and very beautiful decorations. Which of which to bring back home was a hard task, indeed. I would have liked to buy one of each, at least. 

Is Aleppo still there???

Thank you!


  1. Beautiful doubt... The story about the soap is very interesting...Thanks for sharing... Have a nice sunny days...

  2. Thanks Viera. In Lisbon the sunny days are out for quite a long time! The bad weather came to stay.

  3. It's always good to visit your blog and learn something.... very beautiful cakes of soap... I would never miss buying the one that shows a camel...