Tag Archives: Palmyra

Syria Before The Conflict Part 7, The People

Now I have come to the end of my 2009 tour of Syria it is time to consider the people who I came across. I have purposely concentrated on the Syria that I saw on the trip – fantastic history, fabulous architecture and wonderful people. As I now often reflect on what has happened these […]

Syria Before The Conflict Part Four, Roman Ruins

After a couple of nights in Hama we were half-way through our Syrian adventure. We had decided to take another train part of the way for the hell of it – for less than an hour between Hama & Homs. We stopped briefly in Homs, first negotiating a taxi for the ride south, a price […]

My Top 15 Travel Pleasures – 9 to 7

9. Riding Unusual Transport You tend to try new modes of transport on your travels, be they animal (elephant in Laos, donkey in Luxor, camel in Wadi Rum), man powered (cyclo in Saigon, rickshaw in Singapore, canoe in Vietnam) or mechanical (street car in Hong Kong, felucca in Aswan, helicopter in Monaco). My favourite mode […]

Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch

With the news that there was a marble replica that would be in display in London for three days, I had of course to go and look for myself. I visited the historical site myself in May 2009 and you can see the replica and the original photographed by me below. This is how the […]

Friday Photo – 19

In celebration of the news that apparently Palmyra is not as badly damaged as had been thought, I am posting one of my favourite pictures taken from my trip in May 2009. May the great site stand tall again and delight travellers for generations!

Ancient Aleppo

Aleppo has the status of my favourite city ever visited and as the metropolis that vies with Damascus as the world’s oldest continually occupied settlement of significant size, I have convinced myself that it will rise again from the devastation caused by the civil war that has raged since 2011. With the attention of the […]

Sunday Photo

This will always one of my favourite photos. Taken in 2009 in Palmyra, Syria, it is now tinged with a great deal of sadness of course. I remember at the time feeling totally elated. I love the character of camels, finding them bizarre beasts that could just as easily be mythical like the unicorn or […]

Wilbur on the Beeb – Palmyra

A picture of mine made the BBC website yesterday, plus another from my travel buddy hamish (Andrew Hurst). You can see the whole gallery here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-32824052 They also extracted a couple of quotes from a few paragraphs that I wrote about the horrific thought of Palmyra being destroyed. Here is the full extract: “As a […]

Palmyra

The ancient site of Palmyra in Syria is in grave danger of being destroyed. I am praying that it is not, but really fear that the wonderful ruins will be lost for ever to future generations to be amazed by. I was fortunate enough to visit in May 2009 and here are a few pictures […]

Children of Syria

I travelled to Syria in 2009 and came across absolutely lovely people. Amongst them were several gorgeous children. My heart bleeds now to think what may have become of them. If you do have a spare £3, I would urge you to donate via the UNICEF website as kids like these will be facing yet another cruel winter in […]