When? December 2010.
Who? Group Tour
When I went to Syria the sandstone was glowing against the brightest of blue skies.
The castles were magnificent, eleventh century Krak de Chevalier, the epitome of crusader castles, towering above them all, described by Lawrence of Arabia as ‘perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world’.
Homs was choked up with traffic and we were almost too late to see the giant norias (water wheels) churning slowly in the dusky mist.
Aleppo had possibly the most atmospheric souk I have ever seen, totally authentic and thronging with locals, trundling carts, buying and bartering.
The Euphrates flowed calmly on the border evoking memories of school Bible study.
The ancient city of Palmyra was glorious from above and below. This is what UNESCO says: An oasis in the Syrian Desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilisations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.