Aug 23, 1996
We drove out early in the morning, saying goodbye to another city. We headed north as we were going to see another ancient Roman ruin. Palmyra. These ruins were excavated around 1935 according to our guide and both French and German archaeologists worked on this, side by side during WW2, nobody hated each other, they were doing this for the good of mankind. Well maybe not. Who actually knows. Not being an archaeologist, I don't know what goes through their heads. After the French and Germans left, this is when the renaissance of restoration took place. And after Baalbek, well, it was going to be hard to beat that. We did learn about Doric and Corinthian columns so we did get something out of this. But back to where I was, actually, I thought the ruins at Palmyra were actually quite crap. Now, I do believe in restoring buildings and using the old stones where need be, but to re-build the amphitheatre using brand new stone is beyond a joke. So, here in the middle of some okish ruins is a brand new amphitheatre.. Now to come here and see that would not have been worth it, but to come here and to see the burial towers, now this is special. Dotted around the landscape were columns. As I just said burial columns that families would bury themselves and their treasures. We had a site guard open a couple up so we could walk around, quite fascinating really. Then above this site, there was a castle, we all jumped into the truck and drove up there. This castle used to be used during the Crusader days. As it is now falling sown, we did a quick run around and then we watched the sun go down. Nice view, nice sunset as well. We then drove down to the shops to get some provisions, and lo and behold, they were selling El Shark. Greg Norman home brew, in either the Carlton Cold style bottle or the Tooheys Old style. Which to a point was good, because drinking this beer made forget how bad Palmyra actually was.