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December 14th, 2010 | Asia

Exiting Lebanon was Snow Joke…!!

A few kilometres after escaping the early morning traffic of Beirut, the road began climbing steeply into the mountain range that divides Lebanon from Syria… Considering my first impressions of this country, I found it ironic that these mountains are known as the Anti-Lebanon Mountains…!! Anti Lebanon indeed…!! Even the mountains don’t like the place…!! […]

December 11th, 2010 | Asia

Ride to Krak des Chevaliers…

The first few kilometres from the Homs turnoff took us through a range of low hills, the road running alongside a railway line… I was beginning to think that I had ridden in the worst of the wind, and that the run into Homs would be quick and easy… I was wrong…!! As soon as […]

December 10th, 2010 | Asia

The Wilson’s, and Leaving Palmyra…

At breakfast the following morning, Stefan and I were joined by Mathias and Gabriel, who had scared the hell out of the Swiss couple the previous evening, when they had arrived in their Landrover… “They thought we were the police coming to evict them from their camping spot…!!” Gabriel mentioned that the Swiss were putting […]

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 […]