Kassab, Yesterday... AMAZING!!
A spur of the moment that proved to be AMAZING!!!
first, I freaked every driver on the road there... I drove for the first 15 minutes of the road!! I'm thankful for the 3 friends who agreed on stepping into a car I'm driving... thank u for ur trust.. and I'm sorry for these horrific 15 minutes... I will take full responsibility for any permanent damages!!
Kassab road.. a two way road that stretches between the beutiful coastal mountains... narrowing into a rough 2 lanes at some point with deadly looking cliffs!!!
Amazing views up there [except for the first 15 minutes].. when u get inside the clouds... when look down to the those same clouds.. totally breathtaking... and then out of the blue, in the middle of the green-covered mountains, u see al-Aqra3 [the Boldhead] Mountain.. a White monumet!!...
strolling through Kassab, strangely empty for this time of the year... winds blowing makes ya freez but only for a minute... the very wierd geography of Kassab makes it such a specialy place.. a place that has nothing to do with the rest of Syria.. a very distinguished town...
the town of Kassab is like a small gush of Syria inside Turkey.. Kassab is surrounded by "Turkey" from almost all sides... only a small passage is what's keeping it Syrian!
Ironically, 80% of the ppl there are Armenian, how convinient for Turkey! hehe!
The comparison is always between Kssab and Slunfeh, while Slunfeh is much better publicized, I still feel that Kssab has much much more beauty, and it hasn't been occupied by saudi tourists like Slunfeh [not stereotyping but Saudis do have a significant effect on locals get-away destinations in Syria] and wierdly enough we were in my parents' Saudi-plated car!
Kassab's breath is much refreshing than Slunfeh, and the views there are soooo beautiful it makes cry!! driving to a resturant in the rounding mountains called "Nab3 Chalma" [Spring of Chalma], u WILL feel right on top of the world!!, a desrted area... the rest. is the only sign of humanity in those mountains, but it's worth the trouble... a small walk up the restaurant, to the top of the hill, and u'll see how heaven looks in winter... u'll see al-Aqra3, and u'll see all of the coast of al-Baseet infront of u.. u'll see a beautiful bay, half of it is covered with white sand.. and the other half is rocky! the snady half is Turkish!
underneath the lights of the al-Samra village... and far far away the lights of Latakia fools ya into imagining how beautiful that far-city!!
Quietness there is heavenly!
Nothing is allowed to break that silence except Fairouz singing "Raje3t fe almasa2"
وتحت سقف الليل والمطر
وبحضور الخوف... والأسماء... والعناصر
وكل ما لا اسم له في الكون
أعلن حبي لك واتحادي... بحزن عينيك
...وأرض الزهر في بلادي