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 (email@example.com) : )
... 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.
... It is one of only 3 small towns (population around 2,000) that still speaks Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. Part of this relates to the geography of Maloula with its position in a deep valley under steep cliffs. There are statues of Jesus and Mary on the top of the cliffs.
We explore the East Gaps, narrow canyons that enter Maloula then feeling adventurous climb to the top of ...
... tiled floor, two large twin beds and a tiny but functional bathroom. As so commonly found in this part of the world the lighting was ‘romantic’ (reqd dark and inadequate) but hopeless for reading in bed…luckily I’d brought my head torch, but forgot to put one in for GPJ. He managed, nothing much stops Geeps from reading.
The room was very warm, perhaps a little too so, and we were kept awake by the clattering of ...