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Dec 4, 2010 - Palmyra Bedouin Magic

I wish I could show you the pictures of this place. Pure desert magic. We lost the German (Mick and I were totally holding up his German efficiency with our laid back travel style. It's how we roll.) and headed out to the eastern desert oasis of Palmyra. We arrived just before sunset, and I just can't tell you how beautiful it was. We wandered, and I grumbled because my camera battery had just died, but it was acutally nice just to be there, walking among the mystical columns. We even made art, which was one of my favorite moments. There...

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Eva's Big Adventure

Nov 4, 2010 - Palmyra

Yesterday we took the public bus from Damascus to the outskirts of Palmyra, then a local bus to our hotel. Palmyra is in the middle of the desert and the home to Roman ruins dating from the 1st century. We had an early morning tour of the ruins with a local guide (see photos) but all of us are feeling a bit ruined out, there are so many over here. We were lucky to be in Palmyra at the time of the Palmyra festival and the day of the camel racing. After a look at the ruins we headed out to the race track to watch the fun. Camel races are held...

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Oct 27, 2010 - Palmyra

Got our washing back this morning all a little damp still. Missy and I waiting downstairs for the others were simultaneously amused and horrifed by an American woman at reception talking extremely loudly to the staff about how she was finding Syria and the length of time she had to wait ( or not) for things but over all she was impressed and she was going to tell her "friend the Syrian ambassador" of her experiences. Caught the manager's eye and raised my eyebrows at which point he started to smile and had to look away. She then accosted...

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Oct 27, 2010 - Damascus to Palmyra

This morning we got up for a fresh juice and an inspection of the Azed Palace where some local nobility lived. The rooms were set up with traditional furniture and displays and interesting information to make a great experience. A little shopping was then required before heading back to the hotel to head to Palmyra. We caught a taxi to the bus station before hopping on a coach to Palmyra. Palmyra was once the site of a massive oasis with green hills and lots of trees, unfortunately due to logging etc it is now mostly desert. However it is...

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Jun 25, 2009 - Palmyra

Palmyra, the Roman’s great desert outpost 17kms from Iraq, was my next destination and we all piled into taxis to the bus station then a tiny minibus for a 4 hour drive, possibly the most uncomfortable bus I have been on this year. I was like a squashed sardine and with no aircon and a 40 degree day, it was unbearable! I eventually arrived late in the afternoon and after a bit of a wander around the town (all one street of it) I went back to a car to have a few beers with some others from my group. There is one particularly offensive woman,...

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Taking the Long Way

Dec 25, 2008 - Christmas in a Bedouin Tent

12/25/08 Having already seen so many Roman ruins, you’d think we’d be blasé about yet another one but Palmyra in Syria amazed us yet again. After wandering around the ruins, we were not looking forward to a Christmas Even spent bush-camping. A surprise awaited us, however, as Gavin had found a Bedouin tent to stay in for the holiday. The Bedouins are a Nomadic desert tribe, and although the women had to fend off some unwanted advances (including offers of private olive oil massages), it was a very snuggly place for us all to stay and enjoy...

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Jul 19, 2007 - Crusaders, Big Wheels and Ancient Cities

After our 2 nights in Aleppo we started travelling south through Syria. First stop was Crac Des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle dominating the surrounding countryside from its perch on top of a strategic hill. I have to say, when we decided to go to Syria, we had no idea we were following the path of the Crusaders! The current fortress was the result of 'renovations' by the Crusader knights around the middle of the 12th century, and the resulting castle looks pretty much the same today as it when the knights moved in. This wasn't a royal...

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Apr 9, 2007 - Palmyra

A: Nous quittons sans regret Deir Ez-Zor pour Palmyra, appelee non sans raison "la fiancee du desert". C'est aussi vieille que la route de la soie, un oasis en plein desert (au sens propre, non figure). Une gigantesque palmeraie s'abreuvant a quelque source souterraine, a pousse au beau milieu du sable. Durant des siecles, elle a offert une treve aux caravanes remplies de soie et d'epices venues d'Orient. Une immense ville s'y est construite et y a prospere. Sa reine, Xenobie, a meme defie l'Empire Romain et tente d'en faire le centre d'un...

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Apr 5, 2006 - Palmyra

Palmyra is it for Syrian ruins in my opinion. It was also founded by Seleucus though the area had been enhabited by the Assyrians and Persian before. It became a major trading post along the silk road from china and india to europe. In the Roman times around 256 AD Odiant"Corrector of the East" took power. His wife Zenobia was suspected of killing him. She took power and took on Rome. She occuipied Syria,Palistine and Egypt before being capured by the Romans in 272. Apparently she was quite a hottie and a fierce warrior. After her capture...

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Nov 6, 2005 - Palmyra

04 & 05 NOV PALMYRA It's another few hours in the minibus to Palmyra via Homs. And it is still raining. In fact, get this, Palmyra has had no rain ALL YEAR - until our arrival. We get there in plenty of time for sunset and thankfully the rain ceases and the cloud breaks to give some semblance of pink hue on the weathered limestone ruins. Palmyra was named by the Romans as the City of Palms (that's date ones) although the locals know it as Tadmor. Today it is pretty much a one horse town but the site of the ruins within the old city walls is...

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Sep 15, 2005 - Abandoned Cities in the Desert

Salaam Aleikum, We are now in Palmyra in the desert in the center of Syria just 232 kilometers from the border with Iraq (see photo) and we have stopped at quite a few ruins here and along the way. (Wow! We just ran out to the street to check out the source of a noisy, chanting crowd--it was for a football rally!) So we have now seen many, many ruins here and in Morocco and Turkey from the 4th Century BC to the 12th Century AD and although it would be nice for your intrepid reporter to describe, contrast and illuminate all these sites I...

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Aug 15, 2005 - Palmyra, Syria

Monday, August 15. Palmyra, Syria. From Damascus, it's a three hour bus ride (110 Syrian pounds; $2) northeast through dessert to the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's prime tourist attraction. I was the only foreigner on the bus and the only one to get off at Palmyra. When traveling, particularly if you are the only foreigner on the bus, it's important to always let the bus driver or attendant know where you're going so that you get dropped off in the right city. The bus, fortunately, was air conditioned, with heavy curtains covering all...

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