Wanted to wake up early to see the ruins in the rising light, but slept through the alarm. Quick breakfast and met Saleh at 8:45, off to Krak des Chevaliers. Drive-through desert and growing shades of green to Krak, way up the hill. Beautiful views and a half tour with a limited English guy.
Drove through town, eating nuts and fruit on our way back to homes. Stop for bananas (“mooz”) and along the highway for a tray of ripe strawberries.
Pulled into Homs (no action) and headed for the train terminal. Saleh did our talking, we found a restaurant next door, said our goodbyes to Saleh and paid him $100 for his awesome work.
Restaurant OK – empty, would make a good wedding reception room. Later I realized I left my black jacket there.
Boarded microbus shuttle to “main” train station across town (included in SYP360 total charge for tickets) and waited five minutes for the train. Train ride decent – WC in terrible condition but clean – nice sunset and silver crescent moon. A boy pulled when Linda’s hair. Divider rattled when brakes used. We were in the wrong car.
Arrived at Aleppo, taxi to hotel-immediately felt the city was like New York. Went to Dar Halabia Hotel, but they switched us over to Dar al Kanadil and took us there to check in.
Dinner at Restaurant al Kommeh-decent food, nice people with a baby next to us. First cherry kebabs, a specialty of the city (OK)-Real Madrid vs Tottenham was on TV.