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

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Date:February 7th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
the same person also has a journal of his trip to syria online. He seems to have been there a few weeks before nicole. He writes about the enourmous hospitality of the syrians. He visited Qasr Ibn Wardan and mentioned this: "Since we were about the only visitors today the caretaker was kind enough to open the gate to the chapel for us to wander about, something which is normally off limits for visitors!"
maybe they did the same for nicole?
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Date:February 7th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Nicole didn't take the Cairo Hotel tour. It was offered, but she hated organized tours and was also quite frugal and happy to figure out how to get to places via local transportation. The Hotel Manager confirmed this, and the look on his face meant he fully experienced Nicole's disregard for tours, similar to her disregard for pricey Internet access in the hotel vs. a few cents cheaper down the street.

Qasr Ibn Wardan sees very few visitors. The gatekeeper is an older local man and we spoke with him and visited twice (and I believe wandered the chapel, or at least peered in). He has no memory of Nicole showing up that day.

We/the police also spoke to the driver of the only recorded visitor to Qasr Ibn Wardan (Amine Benyahia) from the hotel next door, and he remembers nothing unusual about the day. People could be lying (and we've never found Amine), but given the lack of evidence that she ever made it to Al-Hamra, the transfer point on the way to Ibn Wardan, we're pretty sure she didn't get that far.
Date:February 8th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
just one more thought:
this same guys journal entries are from the first week of April 2007. So he was there very shortly after Nicole disappeared. He seems to have visited a lot of the same places as Nicole, so maybe you could try to get in touch with him and see if he noticed anything unusual the week he was there. See if he used the same Internet cafe as Nicole, or if he noticed anything unusual elsewhere.
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Date:February 26th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
I have contacted the blogger and unfortunately (but not unexpectedly) he did not have any additional information. I appreciate the link though!
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