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December 9th, 2010 | Asia

Sunset at the Citadel…

I rode through the streets of Palmyra expecting to come across Stefan at one point or another, but saw neither hide nor hair of him… I tore up the steep and winding road up to the Citadel, believing that he had actually beaten us up there, and on a bicycle to boot…!! But apart from […]

December 9th, 2010 | Asia

Meeting Stefan and the Tombs of Palmyra…

One morning (I forget which one…!!) after returning from another walk through the ruins, I saw a windswept traveler sitting on the patio of my hotel, working his way through the many plates of a Syrian breakfast… His hair stood up in every direction, looking as though he had been dragged backwards through a bush…!! […]

December 8th, 2010 | Asia

The Palmyra Theatre…

In the centre of all the ruins, is the only site which you have to pay to get into, but the R12.00 entrance fee is worth every cent…!! The Theatre of Palmyra was only discovered in 1952, buried under a mountain of sand, and since then has been completely restored, and is today often used […]

December 7th, 2010 | Asia

The Ruins of Palmyra…

Palmyra was known as the Bride of the Desert in ancient times, as it lay midway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Euphrates River, and acted as a vital link in the chain that served the caravan routes on their way to the Arabian Sea… These routes linked Persia, India and China, to the Roman […]