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Palmyra, Syria: Bride of the desert

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

After Damascus I headed out on a very short and sweet drive across the Syrian desert passing many Iraq turnoffs (pretty tempting). I got dropped just out of town of the small town of Palmyra, home of some of the largest and intact Roman ruins in the Middle East. It is one of Syrias main tourist sites, unfortunately haven fallen times since 9/11 when the tourist flow turned to a trickle. Still, there are bus loads of tourists here from all over Europe and even the America’s. The town did not have much to offer except if you liked Dates (the food variety.) The town was surrounded by date trees, so there were loads of Date stores selling clumps of dates. I can eat a few dates, 8 to be exact before I am dated out so my tourist help to the local economy was focused on my little chicken shop that kept me full with a half roasted chicken on a bed of rice with salad, hummus, pita, and all the tea I could drink. Very nice. They called it Chicken Mensaf which is usually lamb, but I like the chicken.

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Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Jeita Grotto is a cave with a bunch of stalagtytes (sp?). A very nice tourist attraction and a great change from the normal Roman stuff that I had been visiting. Getting to go with the gorgeous Meis (like mice), was an extra kicker even though she wouldn’t wear those styletto boots to trek through the caves, plus she was Jordanian not Lebanese. Such sacrifices I make.

The Pizabridge Romeo and Juliette Stalagtytes Meis and me on the boat tour of the lower caves The Disneyland train Escargot $4.50US a kilo

Byblos, Lebanon plus photos

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
Lebanon is similar to Israel and Palestine in that it is a fairly small country physically. This makes it very convenient to do day trips instead of packing up ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Baalbek, Lebanon, The City of the Sun

Sunday, November 11th, 2007
Lion head fountain piece Engravings in the ceiling [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Amman, Jordan

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
No, I haven't turned into a suitcase traveler. Just a girls stuff that I met on the bus from Israel and we decided to hit some spots. distant  ... <a href=[Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Palestine

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
Church of the Nativity Church of the Nativity [Continue reading this entry]

Photos Egypt: Aswan, Abu Simbel

Saturday, September 8th, 2007
Abu Simbel 2 Abu Simbel 1 [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Gonder, Ethiopia

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
Overview Gonder sits a top a hillside overlooking the valley. Ray Mikael Sehul's Palace The closed and offlimits Ras Mikael Sehul's ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Lalibela, Ethiopia

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
I visited all of the eleven local churches, but I am just going to post pictures of some in no certain order. I suppose I could look back in my paperwork and get the names of the different churches ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Bahar Dar- Blue Nile Falls

Monday, August 6th, 2007
Scene around the falls Hiking the trail to BN Falls[Continue reading this entry]