The ancient oasies city of Palmyra
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At a time when there where no major settlement in my country and my ancestors where busy helping there fellow Germanic tribesmen beat the Roman Legions in the Teuotoburg Forest. Down in the Syrian desert there where a thriving oasis town of Palmyra it generated a lot of trade being on the trade route between east and west. It was conquered by the Romans and made their eastern most outpost of the
The town is still inhabited till this day and it is still a nice green resting place in the middle of the desert thanks to the water coming up from under the ground providing water for the many Dade palms all over the place.
After having a first quick look at the ruins the day before I really looked forward to get a closer look of the remains of the old city of
I walked down the street which is quite during the daytime and completely dead at
Then walking down a little further there I met on Bedouin riding quietly on his camel getting ready to take his spot at the begging of the column street to try to convince tourist to ride his camels.
I walked further down the street and suddenly the mystery from the day before of why the sand in
On a hill in the distance there is a small castle it was a Arabic castle build to protect the trade route in the area.
After this I walked away from the main street and on to the rest of the city walking towards some old temples. Just an extra little look around before I went for breakfast. After breakfast I had a guided tour of the place - not gone be the same but I still wanted to be there for that one.
A quick breakfast and then back to the old city no reason to waste any time around here the sun was raising quickly and soon the temperature would start to climb.
The guide came along at the start of the column street and one lone salesman trying to sell all kind of useless stuff. We started to walk down the column street - it seemed familiar but not quite as nice now with the sun higher on the sky.
The guide were actually quite good telling all sorts of things about the history of the area naturally I did not take notes and have forgotten about most of the stuff he talk about.
After leaving the theatre we were met by the salesman again he showed up at every stop we made and drown on his motorbike between our stops. He seemed to believe nobody could recognise him from the last stop - which obviously were not the case. He never sold anything but that did not seem to bother him he still tried to convince especially the girls to buy stuff from him.
After walking along in the city we walked across the road to the giant
After the tour it would be time to leave