June – August 1995

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Intro

My mom had been wanting to visit the Holy Land sites in Israel for decades – the irony being that she was born in Damascus, only 3 hours from the Sea of Galilee, and lived most of her life in Amman, less than 3 hours from Nazareth, before moving to the U.S.!  She had been to East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and other sites in the West Bank when it was part of Jordan before 1967, but the other sites were relatively ‘off-limits’ during that time.

So, on this special trip back to visit family in Syria and Jordan, we made plans to see all the places she never had the chance to visit in Israel.  My dad and sis stayed home, having apparently better things to do than travel – and now you see which side of the family my addiction was passed down from!

I spent a record 50 days in Syria on this trip — mostly just hanging out in Damascus, relaxing and enjoying time with the family, drinking ma-werd (a refreshing summertime rose-water drink), smoking argileh, and eating ‘mezzes‘ in our historic courtyard house in the World Heritage-listed Old City.  Lucky for me, my uncle (also Samer!) owned a shipping company, and took me with him on his trips throughout Syria.  I saw so many amazing sights, that I felt Syria could rival Egypt in tourism if given the right marketing team!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Damascus, SyriaJune 20, 1995June 25, 1995
    2Deir Atiyah, SyriaJune 25, 1995June 25, 1995
    3Krak Des Chevaliers, SyriaJune 25, 1995June 25, 1995
    4Safita, SyriaJune 25, 1995June 25, 1995
    5Tartus‎, SyriaJune 25, 1995June 26, 1995
    6Al Haffah, SyriaJune 26, 1995June 26, 1995
    7Samra, SyriaJune 26, 1995June 26, 1995
    8Ugarit, SyriaJune 26, 1995June 26, 1995
    9Latakia, SyriaJune 26, 1995June 28, 1995
    10Baniyas, SyriaJune 28, 1995June 28, 1995
    11Margat, SyriaJune 28, 1995June 28, 1995
    12Tartus‎, SyriaJune 28, 1995June 28, 1995
    13Al Nabk, SyriaJune 28, 1995June 28, 1995
    14Damascus, SyriaJune 28, 1995July 6, 1995
    15Ar Rastan, SyriaJuly 6, 1995July 6, 1995
    16Hama, SyriaJuly 6, 1995July 6, 1995
    17Ebla, SyriaJuly 6, 1995July 6, 1995
    18Aleppo, SyriaJuly 6, 1995July 7, 1995
    19Deir Semaan, SyriaJuly 7, 1995July 7, 1995
    20Idlib, SyriaJuly 7, 1995July 7, 1995
    21Apamea, SyriaJuly 7, 1995July 7, 1995
    22Homs‎, SyriaJuly 7, 1995July 7, 1995
    23Damascus, SyriaJuly 7, 1995July 18, 1995
    24Al Tal, SyriaJuly 18, 1995July 18, 1995
    25Ain M'nin, SyriaJuly 18, 1995July 18, 1995
    26Damascus, SyriaJuly 18, 1995August 2, 1995
    27Shahba, SyriaAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    28Suweida, SyriaAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    29Salkhad, SyriaAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    30Busra, SyriaAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    31Daraa, SyriaAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    32Ramtha, JordanAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    33Jerash, JordanAugust 2, 1995August 2, 1995
    34Amman, JordanAugust 2, 1995August 9, 1995
    35Haifa, IsraelAugust 9, 1995August 9, 1995
    36Herzliya, IsraelAugust 9, 1995August 10, 1995
    37Jerusalem, IsraelAugust 10, 1995August 10, 1995
    38Herzliya, IsraelAugust 10, 1995August 11, 1995
    39Bethlehem, PalestineAugust 11, 1995August 11, 1995
    40Jaffa, IsraelAugust 11, 1995August 11, 1995
    41Tel Aviv, IsraelAugust 11, 1995August 11, 1995
    42Herzliya, IsraelAugust 11, 1995August 12, 1995
    43Jericho, PalestineAugust 12, 1995August 12, 1995
    44Wadi Kelt, PalestineAugust 12, 1995August 12, 1995
    45Ma'aleh Adumim, PalestineAugust 12, 1995August 12, 1995
    46Jerusalem, IsraelAugust 12, 1995August 12, 1995
    47Herzliya, IsraelAugust 12, 1995August 13, 1995
    48Ein Karem, IsraelAugust 13, 1995August 13, 1995
    49Netanya, IsraelAugust 13, 1995August 13, 1995
    50Herzliya, IsraelAugust 13, 1995August 14, 1995
    51Jerusalem, IsraelAugust 14, 1995August 15, 1995
    52Herzliya, IsraelAugust 15, 1995August 16, 1995
    53Yardenit, IsraelAugust 16, 1995August 16, 1995
    54Capernaum, IsraelAugust 16, 1995August 16, 1995
    55Tabgha, IsraelAugust 16, 1995August 16, 1995
    56Ginosar, IsraelAugust 16, 1995August 16, 1995
    57Tiberias, IsraelAugust 16, 1995August 17, 1995
    58Kafar Kanna, IsraelAugust 17, 1995August 17, 1995
    59Nazareth, IsraelAugust 17, 1995August 17, 1995
    60Megiddo, IsraelAugust 17, 1995August 17, 1995
    61Jerusalem, IsraelAugust 17, 1995August 18, 1995
    62Amman, JordanAugust 18, 1995August 19, 1995
    63Ramtha, JordanAugust 19, 1995August 19, 1995
    64Daraa, SyriaAugust 19, 1995August 19, 1995
    65Damascus, SyriaAugust 19, 1995August 24, 1995

    Featured Image

    Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

    The Mount of Olives provides this panoramic viewpoint looking east to the Old City of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley. One of Jerusalem’s most iconic sights, the Dome of the Rock is visible in the background. No, the background — behind me! On the left! See it? Ignore the fanny pack and focus!!

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