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Damascus to Palmyra

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The main Syrian highway running north from Damascus through Homs and Aleppo to Turkey
The main Syrian highway running north from Damascus through Homs and Aleppo to Turkey
Lots of overhead signs on the Syrian roads have been hit by oversized vehicles
Lots of overhead signs on the Syrian roads have been hit by oversized vehicles
Monumental tile wall just outside Damascus
Monumental tile wall just outside Damascus
Assad Evermore
"Assad Evermore"
Exit from the Damascus-Homs-Aleppo highway for the Damasus-Baghdad highway and Palmyra
Exit from the Damascus-Homs-Aleppo highway for the Damasus-Baghdad highway and Palmyra
Palmyra 213 km
Palmyra 213 km
Damascus-Baghdad Highway
Damascus-Baghdad Highway
Damascus-Baghdad Highway heading east into the Syrian Desert
Damascus-Baghdad Highway heading east into the Syrian Desert
Syrian Desert
Syrian Desert
Rest area on the Damascus - Baghdad highway
Rest area on the Damascus - Baghdad highway
Rest area mosque, Syria
Rest area mosque, Syria
Junction where the road to Palmyra splits from the road to Iraq
Junction where the road to Palmyra splits from the road to Iraq
165 km to the Syrian border post at Attanf (Al-Tanf)
165 km to the Syrian border post at Attanf (Al-Tanf)
The road to Palmyra is well maintained and well marked, so a driver/guide is unnecessary
The road to Palmyra is well maintained and well marked, so a driver/guide is unnecessary
...but if you do have to ask a local for directions, ask for Tadmor
...but if you do have to ask a local for directions, ask for "Tadmor"
Baghdad straight ahead
Baghdad straight ahead
Desert workshop with the mechanic's phone number spray painted on the side
Desert workshop with the mechanic's phone number spray painted on the side
Syrian desert
Syrian desert
Syrian desert enroute to Palmyra
Syrian desert enroute to Palmyra
The road through the Syrian desert from Damascus to Palmyra
The road through the Syrian desert from Damascus to Palmyra
Road through the Syrian desert
Road through the Syrian desert
I refrained from photographing the military airfields and tanks
I refrained from photographing the military airfields and tanks
A herd of sheep in the desert, Syria
A herd of sheep in the desert, Syria
Sheep in the middle of nowhere, Syria
Sheep in the middle of nowhere, Syria
Bagdad Cafe 66
Bagdad Cafe 66
This Bagdad Cafe was the first of 3 between Damascus and Palmyra
This Bagdad Cafe was the first of 3 between Damascus and Palmyra
Bagdad Cafe 66, Syria
Bagdad Cafe 66, Syria
Baghdad Cafe, a popular break between Damascus and Palmyra
Baghdad Cafe, a popular break between Damascus and Palmyra
Bagdad Cafe 66
Bagdad Cafe 66
Bagdad Cafe 66
Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian Beehive House at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian "Beehive House" at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian Beehive House at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian "Beehive House" at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Bedouin tent (supposedly you can spend the night) Bagdad Cafe 66
Bedouin tent (supposedly you can spend the night) Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian Beehive House at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian "Beehive House" at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian Beehive House at the Bagdad Cafe 66
Syrian "Beehive House" at the Bagdad Cafe 66
A short distance down the road from Bagdad Cafe 66 is another Bagdad Cafe
A short distance down the road from Bagdad Cafe 66 is another Bagdad Cafe
This Bagdad Cafe pulled in 3 busloads of Turkish tourists
This Bagdad Cafe pulled in 3 busloads of Turkish tourists
Bagdad Cafe (number 2)
Bagdad Cafe (number 2)
Looks a bit like Texas...
Looks a bit like Texas...
Beehive House at Bagdad Cafe number 2
Beehive House at Bagdad Cafe number 2
My rental car, a bit on the expensive side ($80/day unlimited mileage, full insurance)
My rental car, a bit on the expensive side ($80/day unlimited mileage, full insurance)
The license plate of my Syrian rental car
The license plate of my Syrian rental car
Syrian beehive house
Syrian beehive house
Syrian beehive house
Syrian beehive house
Sign still using the French spelling, Palmyre
Sign still using the French spelling, Palmyre
Another major junction on the way to Palmyra, crossing the Homs-Al Tinef raod
Another major junction on the way to Palmyra, crossing the Homs-Al Tinef raod
Bagdad Cafe number 3
Bagdad Cafe number 3
Syrian Traffic Police, for help dial 115
Syrian Traffic Police, for help dial 115
Giant billboard approaching Palmyra
Giant billboard approaching Palmyra
Ahlan bikum fi Tadmor
Ahlan bikum fi Tadmor
The first sighting of the main ruins at Palmyra
The first sighting of the main ruins at Palmyra
The oasis of Palmyra
The oasis of Palmyra
Mosque in the new town, Tadmor
Mosque in the new town, Tadmor
Sign for Palmyra's city center and ancient city
Sign for Palmyra's city center and ancient city
In case you came in from Homs, and not Damascus...
In case you came in from Homs, and not Damascus...
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