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Old September 30th, 2007, 11:40 AM posted to rec.travel.asia
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Come with me on an imaginary journey to SYRIA. Forget everything you
heard in the media. Come share and learn about the Syria where I grew
Come meet a people so innocent, they still use a donkey in their
farming and live a humble life similar to the Amish in America; but
also meet a people hooked up to the internet and modernizing fast and
enjoying the change too.
Come enjoy the huge variety of freshly grown fruits and vegetables, so
ripe and delicious, you'll wonder why can't you have something so nice
and sweet at the grocery store? From grapes of every kind to apples
and oranges, from organic watermelon to healthy figs; you'll be so
engulfed by the richness of the land and the generous people who
harvest it.
Come and enjoy the famous Dabkeh (Line Dancing) filled nights of the
small towns across Syria. Plan on little sleep here, Cafes and the
music stop at 5:00 AM every night.
When Pope John Paul II wanted to become the first pope ever to enter a
mosque, it was no coincidence he chose the famous and extremely
beautiful Umayyad mosque in Damascus. Syria.
The mosque houses the Shrine and Tomb of St.John the Baptist. A shrine
maintained for hundreds of years by the Islamic community. The pope
was greeted warmly by all religions including the over 2 million
Christians in Syria.
Just outside the Umayyad mosque is the famous SOUQ (possibly the
world's oldest covered shopping area) the predecessor of today's
malls. Come & bring your shopping appetite and plan on spending a full
day here. The bargains abound (the average Syrian earns about $4/day
and everything is priced for that kind of income). You'll can go along
way on $100 in Syria

While in Damascus, you must visit Bab Touma and the home where Paul of
Tarsus regained his sight. Yes, it is still standing and it has been
converted to a church

While in Bab Touma, means (tome's gate ) invite yourself into one of
the old courtyards and look around and enjoy being sent back 500 years
or so to a simpler time where life moved at a slower pace

Oh, yeah. Be sure to take in all the scenery here, you are in the
OLDEST continuously inhabited city in the world (Damascus is over 6000
years old)

South of Damascus (about 3 hours) is Busra, a town full of Roman ruins
including the famous coliseum with its great acoustics. An orator can
speak on the floor and thousands can hear his speech
A short drive north of Damascus is Malula, a town hung on the
mountainside. Malula prides itself as the only town still speaking the
same language spoken by Jesus and his disciples (Aramaic

A short drive north of Damascus is Malula, a town hung on the
mountainside. Malula prides itself as the only town still speaking the
same language spoken by Jesus and his disciples (Aramaic).

Head north for 100 miles or so and you'll come up onto Palmyra, (We
lived here for 3 month) Syria Gate writes: Palmyra is called Tadmor by
the Arabs; Palmyra appeared for the first time in the 2nd millennium
BC in the archives of Mari and in an Assyrian text. It was also
mentioned in the Bible as a part of Solomon's
territory. Palmyra's greatest days were under Queen Zenobia. The ruins
here are so beautiful, the various burial spaces so plentiful,
spending 2 days here is recommended
Directly northwest of Palmyra is HOMS. This town is all about helping
supply the surrounding farming communities and providing a market for
their crops. Homs is home to the great Mosque of Khaled Ibn Al Walid
(The architechure here is fabulous)
West of Homs and on the Mediterranean is Tartous and the nearby Island
of Arwad. When in Tartous, look for the church built by St. Paul
(still standing as a museum). Tartous is in the heart of Olive Oil
production in Syria. Kafroon (my village) is in the region of Tartous.
Continue north for a couple of hours and you'll come up on Latakieh, a
major port and a commercial hub in Syria. Near Latakieh is the Castle
of Salah El Deen. The trip to this castle is the fun. Perched on top
of a forbidding rock mountain and designed to fend off the worst of
attackers, this castle is a treat to visit. Don't miss it
Also near Latakieh and near the Mediterranean is Ugarit, that's where
the first Alphabet ever was discovered.
Head east from Latakieh for a couple of hours and you'll arrive in
Aleppo. Syria's northern gate, close to the Turkish border, Aleppo has
a fabulous Castle inside the city and it has many beautiful buildings
new and old.

From here you can head east for 5 hours and you'll arrive in Jazeera

(Island) between the Euphrates and the Tigres Rivers, here you'll
visit Hasaka, Al Qamishli and Deir ElZor and see Syria brad basket
(Wheat is grown here and the land is watered from the Euphrates Dam.
Syria is not rich in oil, but what oil is produced here comes from
this region
Returning by way of Aleppo, and heading back south toward Damascus, a
side trip is in order to visit the ruins of the Cathedral of St Simeon
ElAmoudi (He used to live on top a stone pole and preach to people). A
small section of the pole remains standing to this day and of course
Afamia is in this region too.
Afamia is rich with Roman artifacts and buildings
Continuing south, the first major city is Hamah, famous for its
Naourats (water wheels) that still hum a beautiful, sad song and carry
water from River ElAassi which runs from this land all the way to
Lebanon. Watching the waterwheels in Hamah is addicting, you'll never
want to leave. Here are some reasons why I love the water wheels:
1. The constant humming of the sad Naourat song.
2. The constant motion of the wheel operated strictly by water and
3. The fabulous and constant rainbow on both sides of each wheel.
4. The constant mist in the air.
5. The cool air near the wheels.
6. Don't miss a meal at the great restaurant serving great Syrian
dishes only yards away from it all.

alot more ALOT u can enjoy in syria and love
u only need to try once to fall in love of it
think about it and call us


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