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Nov 7, 2010 - Aleppo

We arrived in Aleppo on Friday afternoon and made our way to our hotel in the middle of the souq. Being Friday, it was very quiet in the souq - a huge contrast to Saturday morning when we started exploring, when it was shoulder to shoulder all the way. We had a very entertaining local guide called Ahmed who showed us the sights - the hammam, mosque, insane asylum, gay pashmina guys etc, asking us questions and handing out lollies for correct answers. Our leader Sarah had told us she wanted to adopt him as her grandfather and I could see...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Aleppo

Missy, James and I headed out early to get juice and find internet - Walking through the souk before everyone was there was pleasant, the only shops open were the butchers which neither James nor Missy were especially keen on seeing, Missy feeling really off today and it didn't help seeing large portions of tripe hanging from hooks and trays full of kidneys - I thought it was funny - especially the smiling goats heads. But yay everything we needed was open - being juice and internet. Spent 3 hours updating, then it was time to explore. Off...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Aleppo

Today a cold was starting to settle in to me, not to mention the colder temperatures around and the rainfall we had last night. But Cath, Missy and I got up and headed out to get juice and cash before finding the internet for some handy blogging. Then we headed for a wander through the Christian Quarter of the city and headed towards Aleppo citadel. Outside we stopped for lunch in the sun before touring the citadel. This is another massive castle with quite an amazing entrance with twists and turns and a massive bridge (which used to be a...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Crac Des Chevaliers to Aleppo

This morning it was time to head across the hill from the hotel to see the amazing Crac Des Chevaliers (which loosely translates to "fort of the knights"). This was certainly an impressive castle and we had a great local guide to show us around and explain it. I had great fun exploring and finding hidden passages etc, this castle was massive and there was heaps to find. Ironically it was never used as a fort / castle for that long as Saleh-Din beseiged it when the crusaders were there who eventually surrendered and it mostly stayed empty...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Aleppo

Yay Daylight saving ended so we got an extra hour in bed! Standard cheese, bread and egg breakky then walked back to the restaurant for coffee with Hemet - thought I was going to get a chance to practice making the coffee but the place was a hive of activity getting ready for 300 plus for lunch- so coffee was made for me and was very nice all the same. The others called in 10 minutes later and we headed off to the Castle. Guide Waled another very informative man. Parts of the castle have been restored by the French in the 1920's and 30's...

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May 22, 2010 - Syrian Sightings...

Leaving the desert of Syria and driving west towards the sea, the scenery of Syria changed drastically. We climbed many hills towards the end of the trip and the temperature dropped. It was actually a litte chilly when we got off the bus- the temperature was around 15 degrees. The scenery was now quite green and lush, many rolling hills and valleys. In the distance you could see the Mediterranean Sea and the Lebanese mountains. We arrived in Krak de Chavallers with enough time to check into our hotel and then sit on the patio at the...

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Dec 26, 2008 - Castle in the Syrian Sky

12/26/08 We still hadn’t exhausted all that Syria had to offer, with a spectacular castle and the souks and citadel of Aleppo next on the agenda. We particularly enjoyed the tiny stone alleyways of the Christian part of the city as well as the elaborate citadel bordering the souks. May I compliment Shin, our photographer for his ever-willingness to take our family photos?

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Dec 5, 2008 - The Syrian Visa

Tonight I'm writing from Aleppo, Syria. I'm incredibly happy to be here. Yesterday I waited at the border for 6 hours before they gave me a visa but I finally got it. The whole visa thing has been most problematic. I tried following all of the rules and getting a visa before leaving London but I wasn't able to do it. It was very disappointing. I thought I would have to opt out of the Syrian portion of the tour. However the tour leader was certain I would be able to get a visa at the border. It would simply require a lot of patience. We...

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May 15, 2008 - Hotel Planet - Aleppo

Today we visited some ancient cave churches at the "open air museum". We also saw the Galip pottery studio, Uchisar Castle and an old caravansary on the bus ride back to Konya. We still had several hours to kill before our train so we stopped at a glossy new shopping mall. Inside there was one of the largest grocery stores I've ever seen. The Uzcar said our train didn't have food service so everyone ran around buying emergency rations. Having properly prepared, our last train trip was pleasantly uneventful. We didn't leave till midnight so...

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Mar 12, 2008 - Aleppo, Syria

We had one last stop in Syria...Aleppo! It was a quick stop, just one day...but still lots of fun. Aleppo is pretty similar to Damascus, but much smaller and friendlier to pedestrians. We spent the day wandering around the souqs (markets) and exploring the streets.

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Jul 17, 2007 - Welcome to Syria - First Stop, Aleppo

From Urfa we drove down to the Syrian border, a bit nervous that the stories about the scary Syrian border guards would be true. One of our fellow travellers was especially nervous as she had recently been in Israel and you can't get into Syria with an Israeli stamp in your passport (she did a bit of creative, and likely illegal, doctoring of the passport to ensure the traces of Israel were removed). But, all went well, though not at any great pace - maybe this was just an example of how things go in the middle east, but there were 4...

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Apr 13, 2007 - Allepo

S: La voiture est toujours à l'endroit on nous l'avons laissée hier; jusqu'ici tout va bien! Malgré le calme matinal, quitter Hama n'est pas un jeu d'enfant. Une grande artère pointe vers le Nord et nous décidons de la suivre. Nous devons attendre d'être complètement sortis de la ville pour finalement appercevoir des indications en anglais, qui nous indiquent que nous faisons fausse route: demi-tour. Quelques centaines de mètre plus loin, un panneau indique la direction de Lattakya et nous revoilà sur la bonne route. Chose étrange, les...

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