Here is Yo with what is left of the pillar.
This is the view of the Citadel from our hotel. The Citadel dominates the city, it served as a power base for the Muslims during the Crusades during the 12th century. Much of what you see today was probably rebuilt during the later Mameluke period (1250-1517).After a full day of sightseeing and shopping in the Aleppo Souq (marketplace), Yo and I wandered around another part of the city, stumbling upon the copper pot making area and the rubber tire fixing alley.
The four of us then ventured into another area of Aleppo, Al-Jdeida, for dinner at Beit as-Sissi (beit means house and the restaurant is an old Ottoman house). The food is great Levantine fare (mezzes - hummus, baba ganou, olives, kebab), but the big draw here is the underground bar in the former cellars of the house. It is a cave-like grotto (and smells musty like a cave) with various faces of goblins and ghosts carved into the walls.
Here we are reading the guidebooks and deciding our next plan of action.