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Travel Blogs from Tartus
It is a pure joy to arrive in a city unannounced with no preconceptions, no plans, and no reservations. Pressed against the window of my taxi, I waved good-bye to another border and watched the sun sink into the sea, turning the whole sky red in its wake, then fade with imperceptible slowness. We drove on for some time then the driver pulled off the road and came to a stop in front of a small souq. "Tartus" he claimed. I paid him and thanked him, waved ...
... as the Muslim forces dominated Syria. According to Lonely Planet, it is recognized as one of the most authentic middle-ages castles in the world. It does show signs of some reconstruction in the 1930s, but much of it… the keeps, towers, walls, portcullises (portculli?) and moats are the real deal.
We are camped at a restaurant just 150 metres away, with a great view of the castle.
Arrived safely this afternoon in Palmyra... will post more in a day or two.
... maybe the calf would be scared watching me eat! I finish my meal, pay the bill and walk out to see the calf, its throat cut, kicking in its death throes on the ground. There is blood everywhere. A man waving a large sharp knife indicates it will be tonight's meat!
It is the hottest day yet at 40C.
In the cool of the evening I join Tartusians in their hundreds having a paseo on the promenade and watch the sun set over the ...
... would be kind of you".
I follow him to his apartment and I'm introduced to his wife. They are Syrian Orthodox Christians. He is a retired geography teacher. He is full of questions. Not like Cilla's
"What's your name and where do you come from?"
but a fusillade of detailed questions about me, my life, my family, my religion, my finances and yet none of it seems intrusive just genuine interest. The coffee is delicious. We spend perhaps ...
Today I went to two more castles. The first is Marqab, which is right on the coast of the Mediterranean Ocean. The second is Safita, today only one tower left and it houses a Greek Orthodox church.
Took a minibus up to Marqab-- today I'm avoiding taxis for the long haul trips. A minibus costs about 50 cents, so it's the much better deal. A guy on the bus helped me out, getting me off the bus at the right stop (the bus runs a rout and ...