Tuesday- On the road to Aleppo, both Damascus and Aleppo claim to be the oldest continuing inhabited cities in the world, on the way stopped at Krak Des Chevalier. This is one of the most perfectly preserved Crusader castle in the world. At its peak in the 12th century it held 2000 men. After the castle visit, it Was off to Aleppo.
Wednesday, Thursday-Two days in Aleppo which has one of the best citadels, great souks, and friendly people. Then an early start to clear border into Turkey, then on to Goreme in Cappadocia for our first Turkey stop. You notice a real difference, compared to other countries in the in the area, Turkey seems much closer to Europe than the middle east and they are proud of that.
Friday- Rented a car to go out to my favorite photo spots. Have spent almost two weeks here in the past and still not come close to seeing it all, will be ready to come back again. Ran into a friend on the street tonight, last time here he had my brother and I over for dinner, lamb stew cooked all day in a clay pot. Tomorrow it will be dinner at Melmets again.
Saturday-Took the rented car out for some 4wd back into Valley of the Swords and Rose Valley. Climbed up to the Church of the Three Crosses then back to town to turn in car.