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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 » 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
Funky Photo
Sunset over the Mediterranean

Middle East » Syria » West » Tartus November 20th 2008

En el año 1123 los cruzados construyeron la iglesia de nuestra señora de Tortosa sobre este lugar, más tarde fue utilizada como mezquita después de la reconquista musulmana, como caballerizas por los otomanos y renovada bajo el mandato francés. Ahora es el museo de la ciudad, . En 1152, Tortosa fue entregado a los caballeros Templarios, que lo utilizaron como su jefatura militar. La ciudad de Tortosa fue conquistada por Saladino en 1188 y los templarios se fueron a Chipre, quedándose diez años más en la isla de Arwad, desde donde realizaron una rafia para recuperar la protada de la catedral. 1123 the Crusaders built the church of Our Lady of Tortosa upon this site. It now houses this altar and has received many pilgrims. The Cathedral itself was used as a mosque after the Muslim ... read more

Middle East » Syria » West » Tartus July 27th 2008

Our Bradt Guide didn't paint a pretty picture of Tartous, the second biggest port in Syria. Nor did it recommend going to Arwad Island, the only piece of Syrian territory off shore. We thought we would go anyway and are really pleased we made the effort. Tartous isn't a pretty place but wandering through its streets it has a certain charm. Seeing the sea again was nice, but with the moisture of the Med comes cloud and humidity. The temperature was no lower than in Damascus but there wasn't a lot of sun. Still, it made it easier to walk around without feeling scorched all the time. On Friday we joined the hoardes and took a boat over to Arwad Island. It was a bit choppy to say the least, and one man had to be ... read more
Arwad Island
Old lady on the boat
Highest Point on Arwad Island

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