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Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia March 12th 2013

I SPENT ONE FULL DAY IN SYRIA PART OF THE CRUISE OF THE MED I WAS ON WELL WHAT CAN I SAY WITHOUT BEING RUDE OR INSULTING IT'S NOT A PLACE I BE HURRYING BACK FOR A VISIT ANYTIME SOON IN THE FACT WE MANGERED TO SEE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IN A DAY DOES NOT SELL IT DOES IT DON'T GET ME WRONG SYRIAN PEOPLE ARE VERY PLEASENT BUT A VERY RURAL AND POOR COUNTRY THE COUNTRY IS IN ASIA NEARBY COUNTRY IS LEBANON AND ITS IN THE MEDITERRIAN SEA TO ITS WEST TURKEY IS TO IT'S NORTH IRAQ TO ITS EAST JORDAN TO IT'S SOUTH AND ISRAEL TO IT'S SOUTH WEST THE COUNTRY HAS LOTS OF DESERTS AND MOUTAINS THE POPLUTION ARE MUSLIUMS WITH A FEW CHRISTIANS. SYRIA USED TO BE CALLED LEVANT SINCE 2011 ... read more
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Middle East » Syria » West » Tartus November 7th 2012

It has been a little over a year since I returned from a summer long visit to Syria in late August 2011. I was twenty years old, and it was perhaps one of the best summers I had in a very long time. I traveled, I explored, I learned some Arabic, but more importantly I learned the values from a society that promotes generosity, love, family, peace, and friendship- values not easily learned when living alone. Last summer I was shown through numerous people, friends and family alike, that it is a hundred times better to give and to love with your heart even if you have little to offer, than to hold back or hold in any adoring emotions or possessions. The love I received from my family that summer is enough to empower me ... read more

Middle East » Syria » West » Saidnaya July 31st 2011

La iglesia de Santo Tomás es un antiguo templo romano convertido en iglesia o una tumba romana. This church was a former roman grave or temple. Bu kilise önceden bir roma tapinatiti veya turve imis.... read more
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Middle East » Syria » West » Tartus April 10th 2011

Dear All Wow – I'm having such an amazing time, and I have done so much since I last wrote that I really don't know where to start, or whether I'll be able to get it all down in one go without writing reams! I'll try. Greetings from Tartus, Syria's second port city to the south of Lattakia – the latter being a place which is certainly not on my itinerary given the current state of affairs there. Speaking of which, and I guess a good place to start this blog: despite what's being reported in the news from this part of the world at the moment, it feels remarkably safe and peaceful. This might be because I'm certainly sticking to places which are not making headlines, but also perhaps because the media does tend to ... read more
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Sunset over the Mediterranean
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Middle East » Syria » West » Krak des Chevaliers January 1st 2011

It's 2011! Happy New Year! Today we woke up early. I had arranged the day before for a taxi to take us to Krak des Chevaliers. Krak des Chevaliers is also known as Qala'at al-Hosn. The place is THE best Crusader castle still standing today. It is a seriously impressive place and need few hours to enjoy. Slight problem, it is 250km from Aleppo, or 220km for Damascus. We decided to hit the place from Aleppo and to finish our day 70km south of Aleppo visiting the Dead cities of Jerada and Nuweiha. If you have a lot of time in front of you, you can make it to the fortress by public transport, but time is not on our side on this 1st of January. The same night, we have our train back to Damascus...I ... read more
rainbow on Krak des Chevaliers, the pic may not be amazing, but the experience was!
Happy New Year from Syria!
inside moat of Krak des Chevaliers

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Middle East » Syria » West » Saidnaya November 2nd 2010

El pasado viernes fue el bautizo de dos sobrinos de Yasmin en la iglesia de Mar Elias, el lugar donde según la tradición vivió el profeta Elías. Geçen cuma günü Yasmin'in yegenlerini vaftiz ettirdik Mar Ilias kilisesinde, Ilias peygamber efendimiz kaldigi yerinde. Last Friday we had the baptism of two nephwes of Yasmin in the church of Mar Elias, the place where once lived the prophet Elias.... read more
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Middle East » Syria » West » Krak des Chevaliers August 20th 2010

Rob really wanted to come here...it's quite a place and unbelievably atmospheric, spooky even - especially when we were virtually alone, clattering along all those icy cold stone paths below ground...... read more
Krak ds Chevaliers
Dark walkways everywhere...
Looking out over the walls

Middle East » Syria » West » Hama August 4th 2010

Then to Hamma - a good base for Aleppo and the Dead Cities, so we stayed for a few days. It's a small, working town - friendly and pretty, but ( a big but) there was a massacre back in the 80s. Difficult to believe it could have ever have happened while you're actually there, it all seems so relaxed and laid back. Most tourists come for the Nourias - huge wooden wheels that dot the river. It was so hot - over 47 degrees in the evening - that once we got to the restaurant on the river bank, we just stayed put for the rest of the afternoon and left in the dark...a quiet, magical, yellow lamplit walk back through the town afterwards, with fairground lights strung along the side of the water... ... read more
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Middle East » Syria » West » Hama June 10th 2010

Hama is most well known for the massacre that took place there in the 80s. It’s the single most violent act an Arab government has taken against its own people. At the time there was a growing movement to turn Syria into an Islamic state. The movement’s supporters captured government buildings in the town. In response the government shelled the town, killing up to 40,000 people and completely destroying the old town. Faced with this it’s hardly surprising there’s no appetite for political change in Syria. The town’s main attraction now is the many water wheels. The water wheels were built to scoop up water then drop it into aqueducts where it could be transferred to nearby fields. They’re actually pretty impressive and the town’s a great place to chill out, with lots of parks by ... read more
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Syrian Kids who kept following me
View from hostel

Middle East » Syria » West » Hama June 2nd 2010

Ten wpis wklepalam przedwczoraj ale nie poszedl. Udalo nam sie znalezc knajpke internet. Wysylam jeszcze raz. Wczoraj wjechalismy do Syrii. Wyadalo mi sie ze wiele juz widzialam ale teraz pierwszy raz w zyciu przywam szok kulturowy. Pierwszy raz jestem w kraju trzeciego swiata (jak sie okazalo na miejscu). Takiego syfu jeszcze nigdy nie widzialam, a to dopiero przeciez poczatek ....Niebywale wrażenie robi tez to jak nisko w hierarchii stoja kobiety.Upal jest niemilosierny,ledwo sie slaniamy a one w tych czarnych namiotach przemykaja sie bezszelestnie po rozpalonych sloncem ulicach. troche to wszytsko na razie wydaje mi sie straszne! Wczoraj dowiedzieliśmy sie ze w Aleppo to jest niesamowita wolnosc i swoboda- "its to much free" mowil nasz miejscowy informator. Dzis zwiedziliśmy to miasto i nie widziemismy ani jednej odkrytej kobiety, zobaczylismy za to hardcore jakiego po liberaln... read more




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