Writing about Palmyra is a rather emotional experience for me. I visited Syria in November 2010, just a few months before the uprising in spring of 2011. Many of the places I visited have since been destroyed, people's lives uprooted and hundreds of thousands of people killed.

Palmyra was a ruin dating back at least 4000 years, though probably more, in the Syrian desert, 250km northeast of Damascus.

When I visited, we were able to wander through the Temple of Bel, climb up the hill to the Palmyra Castle with views over the ruined city, with the sun setting behind the hill. That's an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life, even though I didn't get a picture of it.

Have you heard of Palmyra? Have you ever visited Syria?

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