Further afield – Lebanon – Baalbek & Anjar

Back in 2008, before things turned for the worst, I took a day trip from Damascus to the Lebanon to see the most impressive Roman ruins I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a few). Baalbek was a major temple complex, the remains of which still astound, from the six giant columns standing, to the intricate…

Further afield – Syria – Palmyra

Looking through my photos of Palmyra makes me feel sad and angry, at the needless destruction man can cause to places that have survived for thousands of years. The photos don’t really convey the scale of the site, the richness of the ruins, or the midday heat of the sun. Coming over a sand dune…

Further afield – Syria – Damascus

I was fortunate to visit Syria in 2008 before the terrible times of recent years. After travelling from Aleppo to Hama I continued onto the capital Damascus. To be honest in comparison with Aleppo I was disappointed with the concrete jungle and hustle. The souk had atmosphere though, and Bakdash Ice Cream was some of the best…

Further afield – Syria – Apemea

As a day trip from Hama I visited Apemea, to see the remains of the Roman city, with it’s famous Great Colonnade stretching for nearly 2km. I’m unlikely to ever see as many Roman columns in one place, and who knows what is left of the site after the ravages of the civil war…

Further afield – Syria – Hama

Back in 2008 I travelled from Aleppo south to the lovely Hama. Half way between Aleppo and Damascus, it was filled with parks, historic buildings (including the spectacular Azem Palace), mosques and huge wooden water wheels, creaking away bringing water up from the river for irrigation.