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... each throwing out chaff to attract heat seeking missiles deflected us only for a couple of minutes from the important archaeological discoveries we were making.
We eventually found a proper campsite in Palmyra, so up sticks ...
Throughout my time in Syria, and with everything that has been going on
for the last month, the tourist has been the safest people in the
country. Protected both by the government forces and the public. Unless a
tourist was stupid enough to go to an anti government gathering, then
there was no risk.
The tourism industry has ...
... for a coffee (at least we think that's what they said), with our hand on our heart we kindly refused.
Saturday seemed to be some some kind of holiday and everyone in the city was in the best of moods, time after time we were stopped just for a chat. We spent a couple of hours in the courtyard of a mosque just watching families come and go while their children chased each other and played football. While everyone was willing to ...
... motorbike, and have twice seen a family of four on one little motorbike.
The main stop of the day, once we found it, was the "dead city" of Serjillo. It is the best preserved of dozens of such deserted towns in this part of Syria. The towns date from the late Roman period, and were deserted in around the 5th C AD, probably simply due to changes in the agricultural economy. This one town, Serjillo, was intact enough to imagine the ...
... around 50,000 inhabitants, and remained Ottoman until the empire's collapse. It was occasionally rife with internal feuds as well as attacks of the plague and later cholera from 1823. By 1901 its population was around 125,000. The city revived when it came under French colonial rule but slumped again following the decision to give Antioch to Turkey in 1938-1939.
Aleppo was named by the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) as the capital of Islamic culture in ...