My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria - The Beginning Of My Ascendance — LiveJournal
My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria|
|Date:||June 5th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)|| |
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.