I am in the town of Hama now (which is about 100km south of Aleppo). I am staying here for the next couple days. It’s going to be a long day tomorrow as I am going to Crac des Chevaliers and the nearby mountains.
I can now post pictures of some of the places I’ve been. First, Palmyra:
First picture is the Roman Columnnade(sp) street, second is (I think) the baths of Diocletian, and the third pic is the Temple of Baal (Palmyran god, equivalent to Zeus, or Jupiter).
I then stayed in Aleppo to the north for a few days. Here are some pics from that city:
The Citadel of Aleppo must have been considered an awesome fortress in its heyday:
And finally, here in the town of Hama are the famed waterwheels (or Norias) on the Orontes river. Constructed by the Byzantines, they use the current of the river to collect water and transport it to the aqueducts above, which then ran the water to irrigation channels.
Notice the RAINBOW on the lower right corner of the third pic.
That’s really all I have for now. Tomorrow I should have some pictures of Crac up. Peace!