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Apr 7, 2011 - Syria

We would like to explain why we decided to go to Syria despite the problems there at present. Our decision was not made lightly. The majority of the demonstrations were occurring in areas we were not visiting and usually only on Fridays. The Australian Government had not increased its travel warning status for travel to Syria. Intrepid tour groups and buses full of elderly Australians were still going. We were also in contact with some Australians we met in Aswan, then Luxor and again in Petra who were in Syria just before us, and they felt...

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Dec 4, 2010 - DAMASCUS

All roads lead to Damascus. And it feels amazing to be in one of the oldest cities in the world. I have never felt unsafe in this journey (well, no one feels safe when sneering teenage boys hold machine guns), but I have never felt that I was in any danger. The expected culture shock of arriving into Syria and covering my head and the extreme separation between the sexes was never as apparent as when I arrived in Damascus and was able to uncover. Though I can never relate to this cultural difference, I fully appreciate and respect its...

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Eva's Big Adventure

Nov 2, 2010 - Damascus

On Monday we had a 6 hour trip by taxi into Syria, which fortunately went smoothly. We had been warned of big delays but they did not happen though the whole process was a bit complicated with standing in various queues for various inspections - they wanted to search our luggage and went through every suitcase thoroughly. Our Jordanian taxis took us to the outskirts of Damascus where we were met by new taxis with Palestinian drivers to take us to our hotel, about another 15 minutes. Traffic was a nightmare and for the first time another car...

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Oct 26, 2010 - Damascus

Huge sleep - fantastic! Up at 8 and of to the Central post office with Missy to use the internet. Nice..... no smoking has recently been introduced in Syria so they are going through the phase ion period. Which is good, however the cimputers and desks and chairs have probably never been cleaned since they were installed and felt something like working out of a truck dispatch office (or Botany Station). Met up with the others for juice at 930 and then off to the souk. Lots of walking- have bought an inlaid backgammon board ( including dice...

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Oct 26, 2010 - Damascus

Today we all met up for a late start in the hotel foyer at 9:30am because the shops mostly don't open until 10:00am. So we all grabbed a freshly squeezed / blended juice of local fruits before walking into he old city and looking for purchases. I only had two things I was on the look out for. 1 - an awesome chess board (as they are famous for them) and 2 some local artwork. Throughout the group we had a mixed variety of things wanted though so we headed around with the possibilty of multiple buying power in our bargaining. It was hard work...

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Oct 25, 2010 - Damascus

Awake from 0330 when the French arrived in. Talking loudly and clattering up the hall in their high heels as if there was noone else about. sSck of it by 0400 so got up, shushed them loudly and let them know there were people trying to sleep ( politely of course!) Breakfast without the French hordes - rude buggers!- every where they turn up they take up room like they own everything! ( We have decided we don't like the French) Pick by International taxi was a 0900 to take us to the Syrian Border. Driver was smoking in the car and had the...

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Oct 25, 2010 - Madaba to Damascus

This morning we had the interesting experience of catching an "international" taxi to drive us across the Syrian border to the outskirts of Damascus. We had heard stories of potentially long queues and issues trying to cross this border, and although our passports were inspected by at least 30 different people at up to 10 points we managed to make it through within a couple of hours. Not sure why its that hard but it usually is much worse!!!! Our taxi's got us to the outskirts of Damascus (the capital city of Jordan). Where we changed to...

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Oct 21, 2010 - Damascus

We stopped at Jerash at 9.00am to see the ruins. As with all these places there are layers of building of various centuries but what you see now is largely Roman. There is an oval forum with columns tracing a beautiful shape. The other highlight for me was one of the theatres which was largely complete. We got there just before the coaches so it was quiet and calm. In the other theatre there was the music of some Royal Jordanian bagpipers! After spending all the rest of our Jordanian money on petrol and filling the tank, we proceeded to the...

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Rallye Med 2010

Oct 10, 2010 - Krak des Chevaliers - THE Castle of castles

I visited this castle for all you castle lovers. Admittedly, this is a remarkable structure so it's not like I was bored. LOL The original was built in 1031, but the photos you will see date from 1144-1271. When you see areas of a different color on a section, this is from recent stabilization of the structure. For Lawrence of Arabia fans (T.E. Lawrence)this was his favorite of all the castles and he visited 49 of them. What I truly loved about the Castle was the outside attraction. Isn't he a darling!Enjoy.

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Oct 10, 2010 - Hama

These are some photos from Hama, which is a city north of Damascus. It is on the Orontes River, which is just a stream now, at least in the city. It is famous for its water wheels - or Norias - which once took water from the low river bed and fed it UPHILL to the higher land. These pictures show a few of these extraordinary devices. Believe it or not, they were constructed in the 13th century! They are ENTIRELY built of wood and sit on a stone base. I had the great opportunity to share the Break Fast with a family in the park. None of them...

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Sep 2, 2010 - Photos from Raqqa

These are now older photos but I think you will enjoy them. Raqqa is on the est coast of Syria, north of Palmyra and not too far from the Iraqi border. On Friday mornings the Bedouin gather outside of town to buy and sell livestock, dry goods and to just socialize. Janet and I were the only foreigners there and we created quite a stir. It was already extremely hot at about 9am, and dust was everywhere. Ramadan had started and I was always searching a a little private spot where I could down some water and not do so in the presence of those...

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Sep 1, 2010 - Hama, Syria

Hello Everyone, I am here in Hama, which is north of Damascus and west of Palmyra. I have more pictures to add to my journal, just can't do so today, so I thought I'd write a little bit. As you know, this is the last leg of my journey and quite honestly, my body is so happy about that. Everywhere you go that is interested or historic or ancient, walking is a challenge. Sometimes you are walking on the same ground that Anthony and Cleopatra tread. While it's astounding to think of that, all your joints are thinking is "not again"! Because of...

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