Latakia and environs, Syria
We are halfway up the mountain clambering over huge boulders when Khaled says in his laconic way,’Do you have a gun?”
“There are wild boar here....”
Qalat Burzey, or Marza, as it is more commonly known here, looks down over the fertile and heavily cultivated Orontes Plain. Nobody visits, and some local farmers we met on their way down, their donkey laden with wood, asked in blank astonishment why we were climbing to see a “pile of stones”. I know Khaled was wondering exactly the same thing. In the event we did not get to the top having been provided with only half the information on how to get there- we got the rest when we walked back down defeated....