Sunday, July 03, 2005

How Well Do You Know Palmyra?

Originally uploaded by amrtheproud.
(Palmyra - September 2004)

Everybody knows Palmyra from its Roman style ruins and the Palm oasis that surrounds it, but nobody knows what is right to the north of it..
Neither did I till I had the chance to visit the mounts of Palmyra, an average height of 1300-1500 m, and a National reservation for birds and other rare desert animals.

First we walked through valleys and hills, nothing was around unless the earth and the sky, but suddenly we saw a very unexpected view: right in the middle of the desert, and on a small hill, there was a very huge tree and right over the tree, there were three eagles roaming around!!!

We reached the top of the hill to see a countless number of these trees, each one seems to be as old as Zanobia the queen of the ancient Kingdome of Palmyra.
I couldn't do anything but walking with mouth open!
I will talk about Many amazing things happened to me there in the next posts.

Abdul Hadi Najjar was there too and he took many photos from this area:
check out his site

also read his comment


At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Hadi said...

So, you had been at Abou Rajmeen mountain, 60 km to the north of Palmyra.

You passed near Wadi Abyadh lake where you saw the Northern Bald Ibis.

You saw Pistacia Atlantica trees. Some of them are 1400 year old!

Very nice trip:)

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Amr Faham said...

you're totally right Hadi, i was going to mention that i saw the photo of that tree in your site two month ago, i think i left a comment under it!
but hey, it wasn't a nice trip, it was a fantastic trip:))

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Omar said...

Wow sounds like a scene from a movie. I didn't know Syria had bald eagles, that's quite interesting

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Omar said...

check it our Amr, we commented at the same time

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Amr Faham said...

i donno what to say... that's cool and funny man!

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Ghalia said...

WOW, looks great, one of my dreams is to visit Palmyra.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger aleppian said...

I like the silence of nature with the company of logic friends :)

Did you sing "Enjoy the silence" of Depeche Mode?

By the way, I saw the pic of the lake north to Palmyra, in, it was fantastic. These lakes maybe become dry in Summertime, there is one big lake near Aleppo, called Jabboul lake, and it is noted in maps. I saw this lake in Summer, and because it has a high content of salt, it was like a piece of ice in Summer. But that time I hadn't cam with me, so I missed the chance to take a photo.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Dina said...

Wow! That must have been a great trip! Please write more about it.

Btw Steliano(who's of Syrian decent) wrote s post about Zanobia and posted some images, you can take a look at what he wrote:

At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived in TC which is pumping station for the iraqi oil with my family for about 15 years it is 30 miles to the east of palmyria,unfortionatly i did not have time to see that area,i am jelous , I hope to go back one day soon and have the time to enjoy buitifull Syria,naim/USA

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At 10:41 AM, Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

I really LOVE palmyra.

it's such a pity that not many Syrian people visit their amazing historic sites.

At 3:08 AM, Blogger Roba said...

We went to Palmyra with my department a couple of years ago, it was awesome. We had so much fun discovering the ruins and enjoying the small town.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous zaid said...

wowwww,it's a great place..amr ,my bro,I was there with you last 5 years but I didn't see something like that..I think we should go there again; but this time you're my guide!!..take care

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