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October 1275: Palmyra is where it’s at. After the depressing aesthetic of Balkh, it’s nice to be someplace that feels so rich. This city is important because all of the silk that we and plenty of other caravans have to sell to Rome must go through this city. Also, nomads built this place from scratch and were able to transform it into a full caravan city with the help of the wealthy merchants. Me and Yin ran into traffic for the first time and ...
... 305;gn to Bahgdad. I thought that was a bıt odd but the boys enjoyed posıng ın front of ıt wıth fake pıstols made from theır hands.
We also stopped off at Crac Des Chevalıers whıch ıs an old fort. I must have been a bıt tıred because ı cant remember any fascınatıng fort facts to tell you. Sorry.
... we could eat or drink whatever we wanted or just chill out.
That night we saw our first ‘5* hotel’. Well, more like the cheapest budget option hotel that the ministry of Tourism could find, but still a bit better then the hostels I usually reside in. We also managed to get a couple of great meals in some small local restaurants. Syrian food is surprisingly tasty!
... from budget to luxury 5 star joints.
After a couple of hours of our early morning walkabout, we retreated to the van and dug out the electric heater while we had hot tea and breakfast. Later in the morning we biked over to the town to do a bit of shopping and a looksee. The town itself is a mixed bag of a place in a grid pattern of narrow streets. A few blocks are touristic, with the basic hotels, restaurants and photo and souvenir shops, but most of the city is ...
... they reached the central altar and you could see where the unfortunate beast met its fate, replete with channels for the bloody run-off! Once again, the sense of history just envelopes you, though Patrick and I agreed that we were fortunate to see both Apamea and Palmyra as the settings and therefore the ‘feel’ of them is quite different, and both are exceptional.
Later in the day, when it had cooled off, we ...