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... is stirring the ocean, carrying with it a thick heavy mist of salt and water. The call to prayer starts up, and it too is carried away in the breeze.
I'm happy to be back in Syria. Money goes a long way here. I've determined that stressing about money while spending extended periods abroad certainly has an affect on my overall level of happiness. Living and eating like a bum in countries famed for their cuisine isn't my idea of fun. Indeed, ...
... away immediately. Secondly there are new development everywhere. It looks like the planners from Donegal had taken over in Syria. Apartment blocks, haciendas, fairly castles, the world is their oyster, every conceivable fantasy is here.
I pass Crac des Chevalliers just to make sure it's still there. It is, as popular as every with a dozen tour coaches lined up outside. I will live with my six year old memories. This area abounds in ...
... it's fun to be back on twisties again. The road climbs through pine woods. The scent is refreshing. I pass through a mountain village before getting dumped on to a main road to Tartus.
My destination, I hope, is a hotel I stayed at 6 years ago south of Banyas. I ride through hills, now heavily populated. Shallow and deep valleys run off in all directions. The road follows the high ground. There are terraces of olive trees like steps climbing up the hills. It's ...
... castle in Syria. According to my guidebook, it could store supplies for 1,000 men to survive a five-year siege. It was the last crusader castle to fall, after only a five day siege, because manpower had become so dwindled by 1285. The views over the ocean were nice, and there were no tourists. There were a lot of dark areas to explore, no bats though.
Headed back down and asked for directions to a minibus back to Tartous, and found ...
... perhaps because this castle is the only one that is open on Tuesday (normally the closing day for Syrian sites).
My flashlight came in handy as there were a ton of areas you could climb down into and explore. Syria does a nice job in not fencing areas of this castle off, but rather lets you go where you want. Of course, if you trip down the stairs, your body may not be found for a few weeks.
I had read ...