Monthly Archives: September 2001

DAY 72 – TRIPOLI, THE CEDARS AND BYBLOS

Being woken at 7am, after three hours sleep, was an unexpected and unwanted surprise for both my hangover and me. But since I was awake I got moving and went and saw a few places around the country. Lebanon is

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DAY 71 – BEIRUT, BABE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Got up to a place called the Jeitta grotto. The Jeitta grotto is an impossibly huge and beautiful series of limestone caves in the north of Lebanon. Actually it’s one big cave but you have to visit it in two

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DAY 70 – BEIRUT DAY TWO

Beirut is an amazing city of unparallel contrast. Most of it was shot to shit in the sixteen-year war and has had to be knocked down and rebuilt. Only a small part of it has actually been completed so it

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DAY 69 – BAALBEK AND BEIRUT (MONDAY)

Baalbek is a roman temple complex half way between the Syrian border and Beirut. The site is much smaller than other ruins but the temples are much bigger and amazingly intact. Definitely worth the entry fee. Caught a bus to

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DAY 68 CROSSING THE LEBANNONESE BORDER

My Krak tour driver said in no uncertain terms that Kiwis can’t get visas for Lebanon on the border. He even sited several instances where Kiwis were turned back while Aussies were let through. I was pretty rattled by this

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DAY 67 – THE KRAK DES CHEVALIERS

For the first time in Syria I paid for an organised tour from my hotel instead of making my own way around the various sights I wanted to see. The bonus of this is I got to see another castle

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DAY 66 – THE ROAD TO HAMA (FRIDAY)

Up at eight after another nights sleep that was heavily disrupted by mosquitoes. I must be the flavour of the month in the Middle East at the moment because they sure go to a lot of effort to drain me.

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DAY 65 – ALEPPO

Woke up at 8.30am for some inexplicable reason. Now the truckers have left town my rent was due to treble due to my vastly reduced buying power. To save money I moved to the roof of another hotel. Spent the

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DAY 64 – OFF TO ALEPPO ON ANTIPODEAN TRUCK

More CNN and in the morning. I heard on the news that Israel had closed its Egyptian and Jordanian borders and invaded southern Lebanon. This threw my travel plans into complete disarray. I felt like a completely selfish wanker for

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DAY 63 – (TUESDAY) NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ON TO HAMMAM

Today I got up early to go to the Syrian national museum in Damascus. Apparently its quite good but there are no plaques saying what anything is. I wouldn’t know though because it’s closed on Tuesdays for some inexplicable reason.

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