Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia. Syria shares borders with Israel and Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east and Jordan to the south.
I had the opportunity to travel to Syria while teaching in Kuwait. We flew to Damascus and stayed in a Holiday Inn. We hired a driver and went to the old city. I remember stopping in the souqs and buying some tablecloths. One is currently in my cupboard and it is used on my dining room table when hosting a special meal.
We also walked along Straight Street and found the house of Judas where Paul met Ananias and had his sight restored. Acts 9:1-25
After a couple of days in Damascus we hired a driver to take us north to Homs. We stopped near here to explore a World Heritage Site at Krak des Chevaliers.
Heading west towards the Mediterranean Coast we traveled a bit farther north of Latakia. I had booked a timeshare exchange near Latakia and we enjoyed walking along the beach, playing tennis and shopping in the local markets.
When it was time to return to Damascus to catch our flight back to Kuwait we decided to leave in time to drive east of Homs and we went to Palmyra and saw the Roman ruins there.
Here is a before and after picture of the city of Homs.
Seeing images of the destruction in Syria as a result of civil war breaks my heart. I have fond memories of visiting this country and I have had several students who were born in Syria. I was fortunate to visit before the outbreak of civil war and the overwhelming numbers of Syrian refugees seeking a safe place to live to raise their families.
Be sure and return next week as we travel to a country beginning with the Letter T.