Grand Homs Hotel (Homs al Kabir)
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... looked a bit mental. The shop owner gave us sugary tea in his biggest glasses, and sweets for the road.
Just found out we've got the job at Black Sail (which we applied for recently), so we'll be back in England at the end of Feb!
By the way, we can't access Facebook in Syria, so for people who wrote to me on it recently, send me your email address and I'll be able to reply (firstname.lastname@example.org) : )
... The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the Castle of the Kurds.
Hitchhiked back to Sexy Lattakia in the back of a pick up!
overall, a pretty fantastic day.
We left Hama and drove towards a major medieval castle from the Crusade period: Krak des Chevalier. It is one of the most famous medieval castle and citadel in the world, on a strategic location for Crusaders from Europe to Jerusalem. After the last Crusaders surrendered the castle to the Muslims, it became known as the Qal'at Al-Hosn in Arabic. It is a must visit place in Syria - 65km west of Homs.
As our party is still feeling under the weather, for a stagnating yet probably needed fifth day in a row, I figure its time to commit myself to a good entry on food. Food, as with everywhere in the world, and to Lou and I expecially, is such an important part of every culture and our journey.
For a coincidental second, and only other time visiting a muslim country, Louis and I have found ourselves in th emiddle of Ramadan. As the month of daytime fasting ...
... best way to beat the heat I could only dream about. Most of Damascus looks pretty ordinary. You have to enter the old city to discover its magic. This one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world is exceptional indeed. Apart from Muslim part there is also a Christian and Jewish quarter. Central market gets busy in the evening. Although perhaps not having as engaging ambience as Aleppo, it’s worth spending some time just hanging around and ...