A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Syria so, with everything that's going on over there, I thought I'd post my own memories of a beautiful country with an amazing history. The pictures below are three I took while in Palmyra, the ancient city, whose queen Zenobia stood up to the might of Rome and founded her own short-lived empire. Syria is not on the usual tourist track so our contingent was only one of two there that day. The ruined city's stark beauty and awesome desolation are inadequately captured.
|Palmyra is also known as Tadmor and is mentioned in the Bible. |
The area is now a World Heritage Site.
|This man drove up to the site on his trusty motorcycle |
and proceeded to hawk earrings and necklaces.
|According to our guide, statues of gods may |
once have been showcased within these pillared boxes.