nce a vast Roman province, now a surprisingly friendly Arab country, Syria is finally being discovered by travelers.
on the map of modern Syria positively ring with history: Aleppo, Damascus,
Latakiya, Palmyra, the Euphrates, the Orontes. Travelers come to see all
these and more.
Expecting only desert, they find a varied country of plains, mountains, valleys, rivers - and yes, plenty of desert.
The climate is typical for the eastern Mediterranean: dry in summer with hot days and cool nights, mild and rainy in winter.
The great Omayyad Mosque (705) in Damascus is wonderful. At Palmyra (Tadmor), a hundred miles east of Homs, are the extensive ruins of a fabulously wealthy Roman city ruled by the famed Zenobia. Its theater, Great Colonnade, monumental arch and various temples are on everybody's list of must-sees. Combine Syria and Istanbul in 10-days.
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