Apamee Cham Palace
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A stopover for a night enroute to Aleppo to our respective destinations.
The hostel was situated across the road from a government building. It was Friday!
I spent the afternoon peering through the blinds from various rooms around the hostel watching the many armed men, some in police uniform, some in army and some plain clothed, securing the area around ...
On Tuesday the road-trip continued with a visit to the Church of Saint Simeon Stylites. This is the oldest surviving Byzantine church, dating back to 5th century and located in the dead city of Telanissos, close to the ancient city of Antioch. St Simeon joined a monastery in this area, but soon decided to seek the religious life alone as a hermit monk. After living in a cave for a little while, he relocated to the top of a pillar eventually reaching 15 meters high to ...
... for a cafe that had some. We found 1 and spent the rest of the afternoon out of the rain. The next day we had organised a day trip to see the dead cities, north of Hama. The first place was Apamea and was quite a surprise. It was a 3rd century town which still had quite a bit still intact. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and the ruins looked amazing. We even had t-shirts on. My arms were shocked by ...
On our way down we came across some crazy, barking sheepdogs. But we just grabbed some rocks and made it back to the van.
Next we went to some beehive houses. This is the way some ppl in this region still live. They are mud brick circular houses. The ones we visited were used by the family to house animals and to house the kitchen. One was used for making sheep's milk cheese. It was delicious!
Next stop ...
... me mostly for the lack of any sort of ropes or fencing, which meant that one could easily be blown over the edge of the walls by the strong winds and never be heard of again. That evening in Hamah on the roof of our hotel I enjoyed a Korean BBQ cooked from a small camping cooker by a Korean biker-traveler... delicious! Almost as good as the beef you get from Mr. Kim in Kabul. ...