Hummin Hama Day trips

Trip Start Dec 04, 2008
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Trip End Jan 29, 2009


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Friday, December 12, 2008

After Palmyra I headed north east to a town called Hama. Here I met a lovely Amercan lady called MiMi who I spent the next day with on a tour of the Syrian mountains, out to Crac de Chavaliers via an old citadel and a church.  We had a lovely day wandering around together, nattering about not a lot and being inquisitive tourists together.

We had a syrian man working at the citadel attempt showing us around, which was lovely, he used sign language and we interpretted, and to be fair, we learnt alot about the place!

The church was a nice wee place and we chatted to the priest for a bit about islam and christianity and that was nice, and then we went to the castle - Crac de Chevaliers - described by author Paul Theroux as the epitome of the dream castle of childhood fantasies..now, I dont know about you, but my childhood fantasies regarding castles all included kings and queens and princessesin pretty dresses with pointy hats with floaty ribbons coming from the top of them, so finding out that Crac was purely a military castle, my fantasies were a touch shattered. But its all good. we had a guide take us around and tell us all about it (MiMi quipped early on 'how long before he gets sick of us and leaves us to walk on our own?) and it was a funny wee tour - questions had to wait till the end of his speel about whatever it was we were looking at, and we couldnt digress from the tour at all, I think he had it memorised perfectly and couldnt handle any changes from the norm as it would spin him right out!  But, having said that, wiothout him, the castle would have been a box of rocks (as opposed to a pile), he showed us the knight's round table, and where the soldiers were trained and where they ate and cooked and slept and even which spaces were the toilets. So it was very cool, albeit a touch rushed and under glaring eyes of our tour guide (who shouldnt give up his day job as a chef in my humble opinion!!)

**connection here sucks, so Ill add photos another time hopefully..
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