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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Place of the Day: Krak des Chevaliers

I'm not sure what it is about castles that I enjoy so much...maybe its the rich history that usually accompanies seeing some of the places that have stood the test of time, or possibly its the novelty of being in a place where people used to live without the conveniences we have now.  In any case, I recently saw a castle that I'm going to add to my list of places to visit the next chance I get - it will go nicely with my fond remembrances of Neuschwanstein and Wartburg:

Granted, getting to this castle may take a while, since all of the unrest in Syria is preventing most from getting there.  But given its location high on a hill (no reference to my alma mater) and views of the surrounding countryside, I think most are missing out on what it has to offer as one of the only remaining Crusader-style castles. 

Sadly, a recent airstrike shows how volatile the region is, so be prepared for a wait until visiting.  I hope that the fighting will soon stop so that no more damage is done.

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