Situated strategically between the Euphrates river and the Mediterranean lies a desert oasis like none other. The city of Palmyra (the word means “many palms”) was an important nexus of trade in ancient times. Silk from China passed through there and the Palmyrans became very wealthy, as the ruins show. Magnificent Greek, Roman, and Arab structures are just a few kilometers from each other.
I would post pics but I’m having a bit of a problem with the internet connection here. It won’t let me upload squat! Ah well, I’ll post em when I find a working connection.
I am in Aleppo now, another ancient but still busy city in northern Syria. I plan on staying here until Thursday, when I head to the city of Hama and the crusader castle Crac des Chevallers. It’s late so I’m going to head to bed. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I’m staying in the old Baron Hotel, which is famous because T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and Agatha Christe both stayed here. It’s an old but spacious hotel. Anyway it’s getting late here so I’d better hit the sack. I’m glad everyone enjoyed the pics and writings.