A view of the castle accross the valley. Crac des Chevaliers, Homs, Syria.

We got a lie-in this morning.  We didn’t need to set our alarms till 6.45am!  It’s change hotel days again and we are heading north to Alepo today.  But first it is off to Syria’s most famous castle – Crac des Chevaliers.  Crac is an old Crusader castle and it is almost intact.  Like many of these castles there is a labyrinth of tunnels and passages to get into the heart of it.

The entrance passage. Crac des Chevaliers, Homs, Syria.

Inside there are vaulted colonades and lots of interesting architectural details.

Vaulted ceilings. Crac des Chevaliers, Homs, Syria.

Architectural details on the windows. Crac des Chevaliers, Homs, Syria.

The cafe/resturaunt we stopped at for lunch entertained us with traditional Syrian folksongs accompanied by a lute player.

Lute playing in a Syrian resturaunt. Hama Governorate, Syria.

Visit this afternoon to Apamea turned out to be quite a surprise and for me, I think, my favourite location of the holiday so far. 

Roman columns along the Cardo Maximus. Apamea, Orontes Valley, Syria.

Apamea is another Roman city, and I wasn’t really expecting anything I hadn’t seen before at previous Roman ruins that we had visited both here and in other countries.  I not sure if it was the sunshine after the shower or what but the whole city had a very unusual feel to.  It felt as though we were walking through the remains of a lost city. 

Roman remains and restored columns along the Cardo Maximus. Apamea, Orontes Valley, Syria.

In places sections of stonework were peeping out from the ground beneath our feet just waiting to be discovered for the first time in centuries.

Roman remains still buried in the dirt. Apamea, Orontes Valley, Syria.

Columns with spiral fluting making the entrance to the temple. Apamea, Orontes Valley, Syria.