July 15, 2001 – From Lyons to Damascus



The Syrian visa in the passport,


Syrian Visa


The trip begins at Lyons St-Exupιry airport (center east of France) where an Alitalia plane (an ATR 42 of 40 seats) is waiting for us direction Milan. The check in is done very quickly, the bag will do all the way directly from Lyons to Damascus. The weather is bad and there’s a delay of 20 minutes. I am happy to go far from these clouds in countries where rain is not common in summer time. Finally, we take off around 6:20 pm for a one hour flight over the Alps and sometimes in the clouds which frightens the little girl in front of me.


For me, the arrival at Milan International Airport is a grand premiere in Italy even if all the airports in the world looks like the same with their English signs. Direction Satellite B and the TV screens to know the gate and the departure time of the flight to Damascus. For the moment, no problem, the departure time is set for 8:30 pm. Finally we have to wait for some French passengers but the flight will only be delayed for 20 minutes.


At 9:10 pm, we take off but it doesn’t matter because our arrival in Damascus should be around 2:00 am in the middle of the night with nowhere to go…


After a sort of lunch and a movie (Enemy at the gates), the Lebanese coasts appear suddenly in the dark night and especially Beirut that can be clearly recognized.






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D1 : Lyons – Damascus

D2 : Damascus (1)  (2)

D3 : Damascus

D4 : Damascus – Palmyra

D5 : Palmyra – Hama

D6 : Hama – Apamea – Aleppo

D7 : Aleppo

D8 : Aleppo

D9 : Aleppo

D10 : Aleppo – San Simeon – Aleppo

D11 : Aleppo – Qalaat Al Saadin – Tartous (1)  (2)

D12 : Tartous – Krak des chevaliers – Beirut (1)  (2)

D13 : Beirut – Tripoli

D14 : Tripoli – Damascus

D15 : Damascus – Maaloula – Damascus

D16 : Damascus

D17 : Damascus – Bosra – Damascus

D18 : Damascus – Amman – Dead Sea – Amman

D19 : Amman – Jerash - Amman

D20 : Amman – Madaba – Amman

D21 : Amman – Kerak – Dana

D22 : Dana

D23 : Dana – Petra (1)  (2)

D24 : Petra

D25 : Petra

D26 : Petra – Wadi Rum

D27 : Wadi Rum – Aqaba

D28 : Aqaba

D29 : Aqaba

D30 : Aqaba

D31 : Aqaba

D32 : Aqaba - Amman

D33 : Amman

D34 : Amman – Lyons




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