Managed to get myself out of bed and drink ...
Trip Start Nov 04, 2000
60Trip End Nov 04, 2001
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Anyway, spent a few hours there, then got a wee minibus down from the Krac to Homs.
Didn't stop in Homs, and headed straight for Palmyra. The bus trip from Homs out about 150KM thru the desert was spectacular. Bedouin tents and goats roaming everywhere. First glimpse of sanddunes. This is what I came for. Also saw the rather disturbing sight of a few too many troop carriers heading from the army camp north of Palmyra west towards the Syria/Israel border. Hmmm. There were also a number of sojies on the bus who were going to the camp to get briefed on something they didn't want to discuss. Anyway....
Bus pulled into Palmyra just as sun was setting and the long collonaded street of the ancient town was glowing orange in the evening. The city is frmo the 2nd century AD and has been restored quite a bit and it was fantastic. It was free to see most of the site as it lies just outside the town and oasis and you can just wander about unhindered, save for the tshirt and bracelet sales-children. The city rivalled Rome at one point and the ruler Zenobia apparently attacked Rome in 267AD. She got trounced, and the city was torched by Emperor Justinian a few years later, but it doesn't look have bad. Worth a visit if you're in that neck of the woods. Sent some postcards from here so a select few will be getting a nice surprise thru their doors in the coming days! You lucky people.
Met an Australian couple (fancy that) and spent a few days with them before we all bolted for Damascus.