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April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 5th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
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Some tips

1. Web site of Hama
On the web site of Hama there is a list of all the important sites. There are 13 castles (not all easily accessible), among which is Shmemis. The castle is accessible through a small highway, but visitors need to climb a hill afterwards.
http://www.hama.ws/hamaruins.asp


2. Iexplore Community
I googled "Cairo hotel, Syria" I found a list of popular sites to visit in Hama, you should take a look

http://community.iexplore.com/planning/journalEntryActivity.asp?JournalID=39404&EntryID=42160&n=Qala%27at+Abou+Qoubeis


3. Web site of the Ministry of tourism
Here is the web site of the Ministry of tourism in Syria, and here is an explanation of sites in central regions (Hama and Homs)

http://www.syriatourism.org/index.php?module=subjects&func=listpages&subid=137&newlang=eng

Also Citadels in Hama
http://www.syriatourism.org/index.php?module=subjects&func=viewpage&pageid=1870

4. Tourist agents
May be you should start inquiring at Travel agencies (tourist agents) in Hama (popular ones) to see if any of their guides met or saw Nicole alone or with other tourists at sites or organized trips. If they accept, distribute the posters at their offices.
Here is a list of the ones in Hama provided by the Ministry's web site.
http://www.syriatourism.org/index.php?module=Boctouristic&func=search


From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 5th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)

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Hi,

I visited Qala'at Schmimis last winter. It's easy to go there, taking a microbus from the microbus garaj, in Hama, to As Salamiyah (about 3/4 hour). Once in As Salamiyah, the castle is a small hour of walking from the center of the town. The castle is alone in the fields, on a hill. It is a small one, very ruined. You can see it, just west of As Salamiyah, on Google Earth : it's a hill with a big "WELCOME" written on its slope with stones.

As Salamiyah is a small town where many Bedouins come for trading, maybe it could be useful to ask to some important Bedouins if they can collect informations among the families settling in the area.

From Hama, through As Salamiyah and As Sa'an, there are some buses going to Ar Raqqa, about 200 km eastwards : these buses ride just along Ar Rassafah, a well-known ruined city in the desert, just 30 km south of Al Mansurah (on the main road Aleppo-Ar Raqqa). There are also trucks on that road and a rest-place for them on the crossing with the main road in Al Mansurah (30 -40 km before Ar Raqqa). This road is not an usual one for the tourists and I've never seen in books that there were buses between Ar Raqqa an As Salamiyah (I just discover this this winter). On maps, this road is still indicated as a "track". There are just three or four small villages along, between As Sa'an and Ar Rassafah. So if someone could place some posters on the crossing of Al Mansurah (rest-place) or in the two Garaj (bus an microbus stations) in Ar Raqqa, and in As Salamiyah, just in case... These places are meeting points between the Bedouins and the people of towns.

I hope this could be useful for your quest.

Daniel



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