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Palmyra

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Well we got here and found a hotel which is really the story in every town we go to but we ended up organising a cab to take us straight up to the Citadel/castle to get some fantastic sunset photos. Of course for some reason we got in cheap, maybe it was that we were 2 aussie girls, and then the ticket man chased us around and ended up giving us a guided tour before the sun went down.
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We started they day by catching a taxi out to the valley of the tombs to see the tower of Elahbel and the Hypogeum of the Three brothers, then headed back to the museum and caught a camel up to the back of Palmyra to work our way from the back to the front. Mental note.... I will never ride a camel again.
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I am now starting to realise how huge the Roman Empire really was, they were everywhere. The ruins at Palmyra are fairly well restored but some of the original stones have been replaced with coloured cement, but overall it looks fantastic and is definitely worth seeing. We wandered down the colonnades, explored some of the church ruins, looked at the amphitheatres and ended down at the Temple of Bell where we got a guide with the ticket. Thank god we had a guide as he showed us stuff that we would never have seen without him, just watchout though as we gave him a tip for his time but somehow he didn't think it was enough so got a bit of attitude.

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Well all that took us a day and Palmyra was completed, now on to Damascus.

Posted by krissy 02:40 Archived in Syria

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