The logo to the Nablus soap factory. Nablus is very famous for its olive oil soap. At one point in time there were over 400 factories but today there are very few left. They are family owned.
A vat of liquid olive oil soap
Pouring the hot soap
Scoring the soap and putting on the logo
Scored soap stacked and ready for packaging
Palestinians have an unusual way of using manniquins
Through the alleys of the old city
See what I mean
These two men wanted so badly to talk with us. It is unusual to see non-Palestinians in Nablus. Their English was much better than my Arabic. We could communicate with laughter.
These two young men wanted very badly to have their picture taken. I obliged. They are standing in front of a memorial.
Every guide has his or her own favorite shops to visit. This was a spice and coffee shop. Arabs are known for their incredible hospitality. We sat down and had arabic coffee before cutting any deals.
Freshly roasted coffee being ground. I bought some to bring home...now if I only had the knack for cooking the coffee.
Umm, smell the aroma
Al Karreoun is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Nablus
We stopped at a functioning Turkish bath. This is the waiting room where we sat and drank coffee. The clients come and relax beforehand and smoke argilla aka water pipes. The tobacco is flavored and delicious
Inside the bath....the women get Tuesday afternoon other than that the rest of the time is for men. Hey-it's the Middle East, what can I say?
One of the bath attendants waiting for business
Attendants smoking argilla
The Samaritan Woman at the Well Icon. This was inside the Greek Orthodox Church built over the well. I do not have a picture of the well because photos were not allowed. We drank from the well, the living water!