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Crusader Castle

This is crusader-land. I went out expecting it to just be more "old stones", but this castle really blew me away... It's perched on essentially its own hill, surrounded by a natural ditch (riverbed), and just really really impressive.
Syria, East vs West

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 guy ... read more
Middle East » Syria » West » Latakia

Syrian Flag Following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Syria was administered by the French until independence in 1946. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in ... ... read more
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