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Travel Blogs from Homs
... it, we by passed it to get as far north before 23:00. Driving at night is not a great idea, and with medium fog north of the city.... the driving should not be repeated. My advice......follow a some big trucks and try to be at the end of the row....just in case.
Around 23:00 we pulled into Homs, Syria and found one average hotel, not too bad, but as they say...."Any port in a storm.."
Tomorrow......."Running for the border"
... the oil stove, and drank copious amounts of tea and strong Arabic coffee.
Today was a short cycle between Hama, a city famous for it's huge wooden waterwheels, and Homs, a city with a large Christian quarter. The weather turned English on us last night (cold, grey and wet), so we opted for the dual carriageway instead of the scenic route. We stopped at a petrol station half way. Damp and very muddy, but grinning, I was quite happy ...
... there were a couple of Christian monasteries in the area.
Much to our surprise, we found Krac des Chevaliers rather easily. Krac (Kurdish name for castle) des Chevaliers (of the Crusaders) is a classic castle of the middle ages… much different from the other ruins we have been seeing here, as it is newer by a thousand years. It was built first in about 1100 by a Kurdish sultan, and then taken and enlarged by the Crusaders. The Crusaders then abandoned it about 75 ...
... days from the South end and eventually tricked the castle into a surrender and took it over. It is estimated that it would have held 400 knights and horses, 4000 soldiers, it was inhabited by Ric*************heart and John of Jerusalem and it did have a round table (or the remains of one)!
After seeing the impressive castle (most definitely at the top of the list of all the castles we’ve seen throughout our travels), we headed across the road for a ...
Hitched a ride to Crusader Castle with my new friend Suhayeb.
Picked up a Frenchman by the name of Clemente at Krak des Chevaliers.
Explored one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world.
A snipet from ...