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... worth it, a huge fairytale castle with a big moat and lots of dark, secret passages.
On returning to Homs, while waiting for our bus to Palmyra, we watched 4 water tankers pass the station equipped with people stopping water cannons, 3 ambulances pass in the opposite direction with sirens blazing, and the number of military officers in our presence continuing to grow.
We've been in Syria for just over a week now, apologies to the family for being a bit blog-shy, internet access isn't so easy to come by here. Really enjoyed Aleppo. There was a nice group of people at the hostel, including a 22-year old Swiss goatherd and his Moroccan girlfriend (who were hitch-hiking), and a Canadian (who was learning Arabic). We all arrived on the same day and booked in for one night- but ended up staying four.
... juice but fruitier (mmmm). Lastly on Graham’s tour we headed towards a famous Falafel shop J where we ate free Falafels.
Just before bed, we headed to the posh ‘Riga Hotel’ across the road to use the internet. 150 Syrian for a hot chocolate, Amy paid 150 for her sprite! There was a waiter, which we nicknamed ‘Helicopter’ because he kept hovering over us wanting us to buy more drinks!
Back to the hotel for a cold shower L and bed! ...
... spent in London). Our first stop was to Maysaf Castle, another Crusaders fortress, but much more of a ruin. Nonetheless, we scrambled across the many levels exploring the castle in full before moving on to St. George’s Monastery which lies across the valley from the Crac and which gave us splendid views of the fortress. Finally we reached the Crac, and mightily impressive it is! Its external walls have been ...
so....after a nice...yet intense time in aleppo, our trip brought us outside of homs..again near the lebanese border, to a small village which is home to 'krak des chevaliers' castle. For those of you who dont know, krak is one of the best preserved crusader castles in the world and is one of my main interests in syria. the only thing is...i got very sick while staying at the francis...so sick in fact, that i had ...
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