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Oct 28, 2010 - Palmyra then on to Crac des Chevaliers

This morning we awoke to look around Palmyra and the ancient city ruins. Palmyra has been inhabited by many different nationalities over the years but when Hadrian ruled the Roman Empire was when massive work went into the Roman city of Palmyra. The ruins were quite amazing and some transformations of some buildings have occured many times to make them relevant with the people of the day. The temple started long before the Romans then became a Roman temple and later a mosque. We then caught our favourite bus for a ride up to see the tombs....

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Oct 28, 2010 - Crac des Chevalier

Purchased breakfast of cheese and crackers and some wonderful shortbreads then took a stroll to the Roman ruins just outside the town. Very knowledgable guide who showed us the site and gave us the Syrian version of the history of Zenobia a Syrian woman who becane queen when her husband died (according to the Romans by her hand - not according to the Syrians) Slight variations from what I had read - the biggest that she died by her own hand (but from my reading ended up living as the wife of a Roman senator - whose propoganda machine is...

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Jun 26, 2009 - Crac Des Chevaliers

Crac des Chevailers is supposedly the most famous medieval citadel in the world, though I must admit I had never heard of it. It was described by Lawrence of Arabia as ‘the finest castle in the world’ and I do agree it’s the most admirable that I’ve ever seen. At 650m above sea level the castle was built to control “Hom’s Gap’, the gateway to Syria from the Mediterranean. The castle was huge and I got hopelessly lost in the caverous rooms and winding passageways. I think the only reason we were given three hours to look through it was to...

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