Yep. I traveled to Syria, a "high-risk terrorist endorsing country" according to the U.S. government. I didn't tell my mom I was stopping here on my way from Turkey to Jordan because I knew she'd worry for nothing. Things may be a a little rocky in the Middle East now, but without a doubt, was one of the best trips I've ever made.
So this dead city.. Just hearing the mysterious name made me really want to see it. "The Dead Cities of Syria". These pics are from Serjilla, one of the best preserved of the abandoned towns and built in the 5th century. It prospered from olive and grape cultivation for 200 years, but like most of the other Dead Cities, it had not a single inhabitant by the 7th century. All that remains today are the ruins of a bathhouse, a small church, and some residential houses including a two-story villa which still stands today among the mounds of crumbling rocks.