Safir Hotel Homs
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When you need a break from a Roman ruin, why not visit a ruined castle instead……….or perhaps take a drive through a crowd of people drunk with the power of demonstration.
With increasing uncertainty about the situation in Syria and a slight feeling of unease about the rallies last night we made a decision to head straight to Palmyra and skip the Krak De Chevaliers ...
... as the Muslim forces dominated Syria. According to Lonely Planet, it is recognized as one of the most authentic middle-ages castles in the world. It does show signs of some reconstruction in the 1930s, but much of it… the keeps, towers, walls, portcullises (portculli?) and moats are the real deal.
We are camped at a restaurant just 150 metres away, with a great view of the castle.
Arrived safely this afternoon in Palmyra... will post more in a day or two.
... lunch. 350 Syrian bought us a lovely starter: Chips, dips, pickles, salad, fried cauliflower, sautéed onions and aubergine and bread; followed by chicken for our main and a banana for desert (we skipped the dessert we were so full!)
We all ‘rolled’ back to the truck and set off on our 4 hour journey towards Aleppo. We arrived at Spring Flower Hostel in Aleppo at around 5.30pm (seriously, if you’re in Aleppo…don’t stay here if you can help ...
Dear friends and family, we are currently in one of the biggest city`s of Syria Homs. From here we will go into Lebanon to the city Tripoli that is located at the sea. The weather is really good, the sun is shining and there is no rain expected. Currently we are having some issues with our route through the Middle East. This is mostly because country `s not being friends with Israel. This is a serious problem and will mean that we ...
... site was an extensive double fort - with 2 sets of high walls against attacks. Inside, there was extensive grounds complete with stables, kitchens, a chapel, common rooms, storage and secret passages still intact. The round-table for 12 knights was also discovered there.
After visiting the castle, we went to an orthodox church, set in a hillside village that still spoke Aramaic - the language ...