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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 » Latakia May 1st 2010

To get to Saladins from Aleppo I tried following the road signs for a while, which went OK more or less. Then I found myself on a 'new' highway, which looked great to start with. But I started getting suspicious when I saw more and more traffic coming the other way on the same side of the highway, and these small hills of dirt started appearing across the road. I think that what happened is that they started to build a new highway, but never quite got round to finishing it (or they are just working extremely slow) as there are potholes all over the place before the road has even been officially opened. The sudden end of the road (a 20 metre drop straight down without warning signs) confimed my suspicions. Backtracked a bit, and ... read more
Spot the bug part 2
Building thingy
Lots of building thingys

Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia September 13th 2009

Qardaha es el pueblo de la familia del presidente, ahí están enterrados en un mausoleo Hafez el Assad que murió en el año 2000 y su hijo Basil fallecido seis años antes, así como el de la madre de Hafez el Assad en una mezquita aparte. Qardaha Hafez el Assad’in memleketidir, orada Hafez al Assad 200’de öldü ve oğlu, Basil altı sene önce, türbeleri yer alıyor. Hafez al Assad onun annesi için bir cami yaptırdı. Qardaha is the place where Hafez el Assad was born, he died in 2000 and has a mausoleum whith his son Basil who died six year before, he also built another mosque where his mother is buried. ... read more
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Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia February 8th 2009

Ugarit (actual Ras Shamra رأس شمرة; en árabe) 35°36′06.60″N 35°47′07.58″E / 35.601833, 35.7854389 fue una antigua ciudad portuaria, situada en la costa mediterránea al norte de Siria a pocos kilómetros de la moderna ciudad de Latakia, en la región asiática conocida como Levante. Esta ciudad fue fundamental en la historia de las grandes civilizaciones del Cercano Oriente, especialmente durante el período de esplendor en el cual Egipto tuvo estados vasallos en el Levante, período que quedó registrado con precisión en la correspondencia de Tell el-Amarna entre funcionarios egipcios, ugaríticos, y de otras nacionalidades. El pueblo ugarítico, además, hizo importantes contribuciones a la escritura y a la religión, tanto semítica pagana como en las fases iniciales del judaísmo. Por estas contribuciones se puede identificar al pueblo que habitó Ugarit en s... read more
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Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia December 23rd 2008

We were allowed to have a sleep in this morning. Delicious. We didn’t have to get going until 10am this morning. So mum and dad got me out of the room at 7:15am to have breakfast. I still can’t work out how this is a sleep in. Breakfast was another interesting array of food. We had cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, bread and boiled eggs and omelettes. After breakfast we took a brief stroll down the corniche of Tartus. The cornniche of Tartus wasn’t exactly a glory spot. They are in the process of constructing a series of breakwaters and mini ports around the corniche which is actually going to make it quite pretty in the end. However ones overarching impression of Tartus is of a place that is pretty run down and in need of a bit ... read more
View from the Hotel in Tartus
An interesting way to move reinforcing
Dad and I in Urgarit

Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia June 16th 2007

Okay, ich bin schon verrueckt. Warum komme ich auch nach Syrien, um mit einem uraltem russichen Flugzeug zu fliegen, dass in der EU laengst Einflugverbot hat. Naja, schoen wars trotzdem. Nur kompliziert. Zuerst wollte naemlich der Flughafenbus gefunden werden. Keine leichte sache am riesigen Baramke-Busbahnhof. Und dort, wo er laut Lonely Planet abfahren sollte, fuhr gar nix mehr, weil die staatliche Busgesellschaft Karnak seit letztem Jahr Geschichte ist. Ich hab dann einen der ueberall rumstehenden Soldaten/Polizisten gefragt. Die sind hier ausnahmslos nett und haben mir verraten, wo der Bus fuhr. Am Flughafen ist es dann ein unheimliches Gewusel, aber irgendwann findet man sich zurrecht. Am Nachbargate sollte ein Flug in den Sudan gehen und an unserem standen schon Leute (genaugenommen eine Armada schwarz verschleierter Frauen - da kriegt man echt Angst :) ) Schlange um ... read more

Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia December 27th 2006

Ahhh today was probably the first full day off the bikes since we started. And it did feel good. The legs appreciated it, the butt appreciated it, and the gut loved it! Started the day with a bit of a lay in and some BBC World action. But theres a city awaiting to be explored. After a couple of schewarmas and four or five 10c espressos we parked our caffinated hides into a serivs bus (really a van with a few extra seats in it). And at speeds barely short of the sound barrier we hammered it to Qala'at Saladin - an old crusader castle spectaculrly set on a forested ridge that drops away to almost shear cliffs. Great little castle that one. Then went back to Lattakia and ate some more. Mmmmmm food. Schewarma count ... read more
Castle again
Lattakia
Old boy

Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia December 22nd 2004

I finally have pictures. I decided to splurge on the hotel last night, paying $6 rather than $4 for a room with private shower and cable tv. There was a really loud noise emanating from a water pump which threatened to cause hearing problems, but the manager assured me it would be over before 7pm, so I head out to explore. I got back around 1am and the noise was still going on. I asked the guys at the reception to turn it off and they were like "oh, sure, yeah we'll do it right away", so I go back to my room... 10 minutes pass, nothing. Back downstairs to the reception: "what's up?" "oh, right", and someone gets up and goes to the electrical shed, so I figure maybe they were just dragging their heels ... read more
Castle in the Desert
Desert Dwellers
Ruined Mosque

Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia December 21st 2004

Most women in the old city of Aleppo wore some form of veil: the most common being a head scarf covering the hair. Some of the younger girls would cover their hair but wear tight jeans, which was interesting. A more common sight would be long flowy black clothing that sits on top of regular clothing, and commonly referred to as the "chadoor". It is here in Syria where I've first seen women with the entire face covered, essentially with a thin black cloth that gives one the eerie sensation that the person has their head screwed on backwards or are walking down the street backwards. Having said that, one of the most common sights in Aleppo's souq, apart from self-proclaimed homosexuals, is sexy lingerie hanging prominently in storefronts. Some people defend the hijab by suggesting ... read more




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