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Glimpses of Syria 2009

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In the fall of 2009 I traveled to Jordan and Syria with a group organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war, which to date has killed some 93,000 people, I’ve often thought back to the peaceful country I visited just a year and a half earlier.  I found a  landscape of green hills, desert and sea that in some ways resembles Oregon, cities full of friendly people and intriguing souks, and everywhere wonderful smells of fruit, spices, and flowers.  I think back on those scents and they return to me as an emblem of Syria’s beauty and a prayer for peace.  Here are a few photographs of my trip.

 

 

 

Syrian welcome sign

 

 

Entering Syria from Jordan

 

ruins at Afamea

Ruins at Afamea, central Syria

 

 

ruins at Palmyra

Ruins at Palmyra, eastern Syria

helpful sign - Palmyra

A helpful sign at Palmyra

 

 

columns - Palmyra

Palmyra

 

 

Entrance to a crusader fortress

 

Entrance to a crusaders’ fortress

 

 

Courtyard, Aleppo art gallery

Courtyard of an art gallery, Aleppo

 

 

Syrian hilltown

Syrian hill town

 

 

entering the mosque

Entering a mosque

 

 

limited complaints box

Complaints box, limited capacity

 

 

 

True grave of Saladin

 

 

 

Two friends

Friends in a cafe, Aleppo

 

 

wagon at the Bagdad Cafe

Rest stop in the desert

 

 

map at Bagdad Cafe

 

 

 

 

Wooden water wheel - Hama

 

Wooden water wheel, Hama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Scheuer is a writer and critic based in New York. He is the author of two books about media and politics: The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence (2007), and The Sound Bite Society: How Television Helps the Right and Hurts the Left (1999), named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title.” Jeff is currently writing about critical thinking and the liberal arts.

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