Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
228Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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We missed out on seeing Saladin's Castle near Lattakia, but we are in Hama now with the purpose of taking a day trip to the castle of all castles in the Levant: the Crac Des Chevaliers. T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) called the finest castle in the world. We took a mini-van here from Lattakia for 200 SP. We are staying at the Riad Hotel for 700 SP which is a very good place to stay. Not because the rooms are all that great, but the manager, Hamud, is. Often we are the only foreigners in our hotels, but here there is a steady flow of backpackers who we meet in the lounge. Almad set us up with a driver who will take us on day tour to see Crac Des Chevaliers as well as a couple other sites for 2000 SP.
November 22, 2007
Our driver picked us up at 9:30 AM and drove us first to see the Citadel of Masyaf (entrance fee for two 150), then to the St
November 23, 2007
If you've been to Hama or know anything about it you are probably wondering why we haven't mentioned the "norias". A "noria" is a wooden waterwheel used to lift water out of the river and into aqueducts which drain it to the fields for irrigation. We found our first noria on the first night we were here; it is not far from the hotel. Today we went out to see how many of the dozen norias, which we were told remain in the city, we could find. We also climbed the hill upon which the Citadel of Hama once stood.
Tomorrow we'll take a bus to Tripoli in Lebanon.