I noticed that there was a lake near Palmyra on a map in the hotel reception and asked the owner about it. He said it was lovely at night and that he could arrange a taxi to take me there, but I didn't like to go on my own. After dinner some of the other guests at the hotel commented that although the sunset had been stunning viewed from the Arab castle, they had hoped for a more peaceful experience, so we called the taxi and went to the lake together. We drove for about 20 minutes through the desert scenery, which was beautiful in the light of an almost full moon, until we reached the lake, where we sat on the pebbled slopes leading to the water and listened to the sounds of the birds and watched the reflection of the moon. It was far enough from the lights of the town that the stars shone clearly and we even saw two shooting stars. There was such a calming atmosphere that even the driver's small son fell silent after a few minutes there and I slept really well that night, when we reached the hotel.
The Monumental Arches were bulit so that it would intersect 2 streets at a 30 degrees turn which would aim to The Temple Of Bel.
On the photo, you could see The Colonadde lining up to The Monumental Arches.
The Temple Of Bel is closed shut at night !
Even during the day, we have to pay to get in & it's opened ONLY at certain hours, from 3 pm to 5 pm !
After taking the last photo (above) I just wanted to leave right away ! Didn't want to encounter any wandering spirit !
Anyway, Qala'at Ibn Maan, also known as The Arab Castle is also clearly visible from the ruins.
If I had a transport on that night I would love to go up The Arab Castle to capture the sight of Palmyra ruins down below !
Some of Palmyra's ruins are beautifully lit by night. Since access to the ancient city is free and open all night, it is possible to wander through the ruins when it is dark, for some great photography. Unfortunately, my photos didn't come out well because I was rushed by my tired and cold fellow travellers (it was below freezing!).
I purposely stayed the night in Palmyra just so that I could capture the ruins at night ! It was one of the most beautiful night sights in all my travels !
As I was walking out from my hotel, I saw this sight as you can also see on my photo on the left.
Perched on top of a hill lies Qala'at Ibn Maan, also called The Arab Castle; Which was built in th 17th century.
It was beautifully brightly lit !
This castle was built by Fakhreddine, the Lebanese warlord who challenged The Ottomans for controlling the Syrian desert.
This is one of the best photos (for an amateur like me...) that I could capture in my travel !
The night was adorned with a half crescent moon, brightly lit; So great that it could make a backdrop to the castle perched on the hill !
One reason to come to Palmyra is if you want to capture a sight like this !
The great thing about the ruins in Palmyra is that they are not fenced !
We can scramble to the ruins & take as many photos as we want !
I of course felt kinda eerie being there on my own...
Anyway, this photo is showing The Monumental Arch where the colonadde ended at.
Notice the scattered stone blocks on the ground.
It's a peaceful & quiet night that's so good seeing this ruins bathed in a half crescent moon !
The night has a cool weather (not too hot or cold) while during the day, it's nearly hot as in punishingly hot !
Now here's something scary...well, to me at least !
I wanted to leave the area because I was alone there, I kinda got a bit scary. I could even hear the wind blowing...
Anyway, I put my camera on a rock & wanted to capture my self-photo with the ruins as the background.
So, I made the camera ready & I clicked on the automatic button & waited.
Weirdly, my camera just didn't go off ! I came back to my camera & wanted to try for the 2nd time then suddenly I heard something behind me !
I turned around but there was nothing !
I think by then all the hairs on my body was standing straight !
I said whatever it was I wanted to capture it anyway ! So I took the photo that you could see on the left !
Maybe if you look closely, you will see something ?
Look really really closely !
Now, I am back on the road leading back to the village of Palmyra ! Still wanted to be there much longer; Not enough for just 30 minutes !
If I was with somebody I would stay longer, right ?
Anyway, capturing another Colonadde sight.
I was thinking at that time maybe I should also capture some sights around the village of Palmyra...also called as :
Palmyra New Town.
As I was walking out from the road leading to the ruins, I saw boys playing football by the road side.
They saw me holding a camera & stormed at me right away; Asking me to take a photo of them !
Where the photo was taken was also just infront of The Museum where you can buy ALL the tickets to the sites in Palmyra !
The photo is showing Palmyra New Town; There are shops, hotels & people/tourists loitering around in this 'town' area. It's quite a lively sight !
It's a place also where we can buy souvenirs, develop photos or even talking with the locals.
Notice the green-lighted tower, that's the minaret of the mosque. It seems that almost all mosques in Syria have green lights emanating from their minarets.
I came to this area because I was hungry !
Before I went off to bed on that night, I had the time to capture this sight, for my memory sake of being in Palmyra at night !
The ruins are visible from the window !
If you are coming to Palmyra, just make sure that you have a room overseeing the ruins.
This room was booked for me by Fouads on VT.
All over the places in this first trip to The Middle east, I ate schwarmas ! They are cheap & I love them very much ! I found one schwarma stall still opened (about 9 pm...) in Palmyra New Town; Ordered 2 !
Thought I should take a photo of the stall...
What does schwarma looks like ?
Well, scroll below !
Now, I am at the hotel; Tired...Not that feeling scared anymore of 'the noise' that I heard at Palmyra ruins.
The hotel has a restaurant upstairs so I laid out the schwarma that I bought on the table with my mineral water & a cup of coffee...Aahhh ! Nice !
Notice the window was opened & I was munching my schwarma while looking at the ruins from the window ! Felt so so good !