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Krak des Chevilliers

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In our haste to leave the dodgy hotel we caught a taxi to the bus stop to try and catch a bus to Krak des Chevilliers but found that there were no ATM’s in town or any money exchanges at the bus depot. Once again we got harassed at the bus stop by haggling bus reps wanting our money.

We ended up being approached by a taxi driver that spoke English and wanted to take us to the castle. We managed to get his price down and he took us back into Homs to change some of our money.

We finally got to the castle and decided to get a guided tour. The castle is massive and would have to be the most impressive I have seen so far, as you will see from the photos. We found something new and beautiful every time we turned around.

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Homs

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Well where do we start. We had a lovely first couple of hours in Syria and then it all went down hill. Homs is not rally a great memory of Syria but we lived to tell the tail. The bus dropped us off near the bus station and we got mobbed by taxi drivers that didn't speak English. We finally found someone that spoke English and he supposedly translated where we were supposed to be staying for us. We got in the taxi and got taken on a wild goose chase. He took us tot he wrong hotel and then wanted to charge us more to go to the one we asked for. Well needless to say we put up a fight but still ended up paying more money. Got dropped of where we were going to find out that the hotel no longer existed. By this time we were so tired and had had enough of it all we found the closest hotel available, which turned out to be the dodgiest hotel I have ever seen. We stayed the night, sleeping on our sleeping bags and on our camping mats, as the beds were really disgusting. We got out of there ASAP in the morning and flagged a taxi to the bus stop. Got dropped to the same bus station from the night before and worked out that we got totally ripped off, we payed 3 times the amount we were supposed to pay.

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Trip to Damascus


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The next day saw us in a private taxi to Jerash and then on to Damascus.

Jerash was huge, so many ruins to try and mention. It has a temple to Hadrian, a hippodrome, 2 theatres, one of which they had some musicians playing the bagpipes and drums. The music sounded really great from the top of the theatre, on to the rest of the site they had just under a dozen different churches and of course the main street lined with roman pillars called the colonnade. Seeing all of this took us at least 3 hours and both of us took the opportunity to make the most of the sun while we could and wear our singlets. Then on to Damascus but with what was supposed to be a little stop at the taxi drivers house for tea, which ended up turning into late lunch and a chance to meet the family and all the neighbours. His family were lovely and his wife in particular was very excited to have us as guests in her home. We were a strange sight to see in town thus all the neighbours coming over to meet us.

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After lunch and looking at their wedding photos we finally got going to Damascus where we caught a bus straight to Homs.

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Amman

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We started our stay in Amman by doing our laundry, which was well over due and having a hot shower. Yes another early night for a weary traveller. The next day consisted of more sight seeing. We headed off to see the Citadel first by foot but got a little lost and ended up getting a taxi. The bugger about taxis in the Middle East is that most of them don’t speak English. We finally got there and looked around. It was also very lovely, after taking heaps of photos we walked down the hill and found the Roman Amphitheatre and the remains of the forum, then stopped at the King Hussein Mosque but weren’t able to go inside as it was almost prayer time, took a couple of photos from the outside and then headed back to the hotel. We decided to head to Damascus the next morning via Jerash so we stayed close to the hotel.

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Kings Highway

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After being picked up at Wadi Rum by our taxi we realized that we hadn’t seen the Nebatean temple so we headed back to Wadi Village to have a quick squiz at the ruins.
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We then had a little problem with the first taxi drivers car so they sent another to meet us and the new taxi driver was great, he spoke English well and also helped us with our Arabic while we made our way up to see Karak Castle, which was a nice castle, to had beautiful views down the valley to the dead sea and beyond to Israel.
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Wow do they do rigorous passport control in this area. We had our passports checked about 6 times in less than an hour. We eventually got down to the Dead Sea and decided to have a swim. This was interesting, we were the only women that were wearing bikinis so we tried to get into the water as quickly as possible but the sea floor was crystallized salt which made for really hard entry. When we finally got in deep enough to swim we floated on top of the water, still revealing our white bodies we decided to do the whole dead sea mud thing and covered ourselves in it but when we took it off our faces we both naturally just stuck our faces in the water and, wow burning eyes ouch…. I had to have a lifeguard come out and help me back to the shore before I could even think about opening my eyes. Both Cat and I managed to get out safely and recovered while eating lunch at the restaurant.
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Then on to Mt Nebo, which has a connection to Moses but I can’t quiet remember at the moment as most of the places I have been in the last couple of weeks have had something to do with him. They have a beautiful little church up at the top, which has another fantastic view over the Dead Sea and Israel. Then it was on through Madaba city to Amman.Around_the..07_-_48.jpgAround_the..07_-_41.jpgAround_the..07_-_39.jpgAround_the..07_-_55.jpg

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