Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Arbil, Iraq
By Serena Chaudhry
ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - In a country that bears the scars from decades of war and economic sanctions, the city of Arbil in the heart of Iraq's northern Kurdish region is a popular holiday spot.
With its modern shopping malls and lush parks, Arbil is a welcome break for Iraqis still plagued by bombings more than eight years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
The city is also the proud home of the Citadel, one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world.
Arbil's blend of old meets new, from its mosques to its rollercoasters, appeal to both the young and old.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit to the city.
8 p.m. Check into ChwarChra, one of Arbil's best known hotels, located near the Citadel and the Franso Hariri sports stadium. The hotel has a stately appearance and is suitable for business and pleasure. It has free wi-fi and a beauty center with a sauna and Turkish bath. (www.chwarchrahotel.com)