Friday, May 22, 2015

Palmyra again

It is really strange when I read the media coverage of something terrible, like ISIS consolidating its hold on Palmyra, and see a mention of a particularly place I remember:
On Palmyra’s few shopping streets, metal gates rolled down, shuttering businesses like the Zenobia Café, named for a legendary queen of ancient Palmyra.
Almost all of the time that I spent in Palmyra during my brief 2005 visit when I wasn't wandering the ruins or sleeping, was sitting at the outdoor tables at the Zenobia Café. I took the below picture while sitting there (see all those goods from one of the town's few shopping areas!)

Old Men in Palmyra Town

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I wonder where those four are right now.