Those of us fortunate enough to have worked at the Damascus Sheraton Hotel in Syria have been pained by recent events. However these circumstances have brought some of us back together again after many years of separation. Valentino Bertolini and I worked there in the late 1970's when we were both at the beginning of our careers. Valentino now leads Starwood's cluster of hotels in Florence, Italy. My wife and I were vacationing nearby recently so we passed by and had dinner with Valentino and his wife Francoise. Our dinner conversation served to prove how close we still are after all these years and also allowed Valentino to show off his rooftop restaurant.
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